Program

(Subject to change without notice)

8.15 am Registration opens – Tea and coffee

9.00am Welcome Helene Rooks, VALA CEO

Helene will mention the upcoming VCAL Review and the General Achievement Test (GAT).

More about General Achievement Test

Keynote: Driving social change through VCAL with Videos for Change

Mia Garrett, Program Director Victoria, High Resolves

Mia Garrett is a passionate educator and strong believer in its transformative power. Through her extensive travels and time living abroad, she has developed an understanding of how powerful real world learning experiences can be. This, accompanied by her love of working with young people, drives her to provide meaningful educational experiences which encourage students to engage in their local and global communities. Across her nine years of teaching experience in secondary schools she has led international immersion trips, managed social justice initiatives and developed a student leadership program to empower young leaders. She has a Bachelor of Secondary Education (PE/Health/Science) from Deakin University.

10.00 – 10.30 am Morning tea and displays

10:30 – 11:30am Group A (Choose 1 of 9 – all sessions are repeated in Group B)

A1 Integrated Projects in VCAL

Room 9

Cherie Osta, 2017 VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year, Lorne- P-12 College

VCAL gives you the opportunity to integrate some or all the strands together creating innovative possibilities for new learning experiences. Cherie shows us the tricks to getting it right, from planning and facilitating to gathering evidence!

Cherie is an extremely committed and motivated teacher who develops meaningful and practical projects in collaboration with her students and the community. This has been acknowledged through multiple VCAA VCAL awards, with the 2017 VCAL Teacher of the Year Award the most recent. Cherie is a dynamic conference presenter and former VALA committee member with over 8 years of working in applied learning at Lorne P-12 College.

A2 How to manage difficult teenage behaviours in a VCAL setting

Room 6

Mal Hand, Swinburne TAFE

This interactive workshop will give you a background to how the teenage brain works and an insight into why students behave the way they do. Chock full of take-to-the classroom tricks of the trade on how to establish, manage and maintain a positive learning environment for your VCAL students.

Mal has spent her life working with teenagers – as a Secondary school teacher of English and Maths; as a youth worker, and as a foster parent. She has been teaching VCAL for many years, and teaches all strands of the program. Mal has an abiding interest in adolescent wellbeing. She is also a published author, writing under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Margaret. Mal considers herself very fortunate to be able to use her teaching and youth work skills to assist these resilient young people with their challenges on the journey to adulthood.

A3 Introduction to VCAL – The basics

Main hall

Dr. Cornelia DeBrincat, Program Manager, VCAL Unit, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

A step by step walk through of the VCAL. Bring all your questions along!

Cornelia DeBrincat is a program manager in the VCAL unit at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Cornelia manages a number of projects within the VCAL unit, including the VCAL curriculum unit reviews, VCAL Achievement Awards, delivery of induction programs for new VCAL providers and delivery of Themed VCAL programs. Cornelia has been involved in education for a number of years and has taught within the school, TAFE and Higher Education sectors. Cornelia has completed a PhD on VCAL at the University of Melbourne

A4 Quality Assurance

Room 2

Narelle Bean, Director of Curriculum, Werribee College

Quality Assurance, the mere mention of it sends shivers down some spines. But there is no need! Quality Assurance is a supported process to ensure all VCAL programs meet the benchmark of minimum standards to successfully meet VCAL outcomes. Join Narelle and learn about the ins and outs of QA, ask your burning questions and get reassured. It is not as scary as you think!

Narelle is currently the Director of Curriculum at Werribee Secondary College. Narelle has developed and shared WRS integrated programs in a number of settings at all three levels of VCAL. With over 20 years of experience in education, she is a firm believer that relationship development in both the class and staff room is integral to student success in VCAL.

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A5 PDS – VCAL and Community Partnerships

Room 5

David Gallagher, Mentor, Lecturer and Applied Learning Consultant,

Building successful partnerships with your community is essential in growing a great program. Delivering VCAL in a Not-for-profit, charity setting means that funds are often scarce, and you must create meaningful partnerships within the community to build a robust program that has all the resources, experiences and opportunities necessary for the students to thrive and succeed.

David has been involved with secondary education for 50 years. He was the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Manager with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority until his retirement in 2014.
David has a Master of Education (Applied Learning), a Graduate Diploma in Career Education and a Higher Diploma of Teaching – Secondary.
During his career David has provided professional development activities for teachers in Victoria, interstate and internationally, including the Institute of Applied Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he provided advice and support to establish an applied learning certificate for UAE students.
He lectures to undergraduates in theories of applied learning, program design, assessment and engaging disadvantage students at Latrobe University.
His articles on the VCAL, applied learning and student engagement have been published in both state and international journals.

A6 Numeracy

Room 8

Jamie Gray, Leading Teacher, Peter Lalor Secondary College

Numeracy is fun the way Jamie does it. Learn how to bring numbers to life for your students and walk away with heaps of resources and ideas!

Jamie has been teaching maths and science for over thirty years and has been involved with the VCAL program since it piloted in 2003. Jamie has co-written materials for VCAL students and teachers including VCAL First and the VCAL Numeracy materials for Responsible Gambling Victoria. Jamie also regularly lectures teachers on Numeracy issues at universities, conferences and workshops. Recently, Jamie has co-written the new VCAL Numeracy units and prepares articles for VCAL teachers through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s Common Denominator.

A7 Structured Workplace Learning – SWL placement Portal – SWL recognition towards the VCAL

Room 1

Sharon Neal, Structured Workplace Learning Team Leader, Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows school students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations. SWL is available to Victorian school students undertaking a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs). Support is available from your Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) to find SWL placements for students undertaking VET programs as part of their VCE, VCAL or SBATs. The role of the LLEN is to work with schools, employers and industry groups to identify appropriate SWL placements that are tailored to local priorities and employment opportunities. This includes facilitating placements for students who are ‘hard to place’ and finding placements that are ‘hard to source’.
The LLEN publishes opportunities on the SWL State-wide Portal. Sharon will demonstrate how the portal provides teachers and students with easy to navigate information and referral point for diverse structured workplace learning opportunities.

Sharon joined the OELLEN team in 2016 and brings with her extensive experience from the employment services industry in training, case management and employer liaison. Possessing a background in Education, Sharon also has a working history in Sales and Marketing.

A8 Skills for Further study

Room 3

Shelley Muir, VCAL Coordinator, Mentone Grammar

Are you teaching SFS for the first time or just trying to get your head around the new curriculum? SFS gives students a general credit toward their VCAL certificate and is excellent preparation for further study at TAFE or university. This workshop will provide you with a digital toolkit for facilitating this unit, including a checklist of tasks mapped against the updated curriculum outcomes, ideas for activities and excursions, and proformas for collecting evidence.

Shelley is an educator with 15 years’ experience in both government and independent sectors. She has established and coordinated VCAL programs in two schools, most recently at Mentone Grammar where she is currently the VCAL Coordinator. Shelley is passionate about helping young people realise their potential, promoting high expectations and shaping meaningful pathways. She is a teacher of all VCAL units, VCE Psychology, and VET. She also completed her Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development in 2018.

A9 Integrating the Numeracy and Literacy strands

Room 4

Christina Paizes and Felicity Fox, Melbourne Polytechnic

Go on a journey into the world of integrating the Literacy and Numeracy Strands. This presentation will be fun, interactive and hands on. Throughout the workshop you will participate in activities that cover both the Literacy and Numeracy outcomes. The tasks will be real and relevant and provide students with the skills they need beyond the classroom. At the end of the journey you will walk away with a toolkit of tips and practical advice on how to integrate the Literacy and Numeracy VCAL units in your classroom.

Christina has over 25 years of experience in the education sector. Her extensive industry and academic experiences have influenced her approach and commitment to managing change effectively within organizational and academic life. To this end her view is that learning & development is the vehicle toward the facilitation of effective transitions in today’s work/life reality. As a teacher of Senior VCAL she is passionate about making a positive contribution to the education of young learners.
Felicity is a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic Mathematics teacher. She has been teaching VCAL Numeracy over the last 11 years across all levels in both the Secondary and TAFE sectors. She is currently teaching VCAL Numeracy at Melbourne Polytechnic in an integrated VCAL program in the Youth Unit. Felicity is passionate about teaching young people the skills they will need beyond the school setting and is determined to make numeracy real and relevant for her students.

11:30am – 12:30pm Group B (Choose 1 of 9 – all sessions are repeats of Group A)

B1 Integrated Projects in VCAL

Room 9

Cherie Osta, 2017 VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year, Lorne- P-12 College

VCAL gives you the opportunity to integrate some or all the strands together creating innovative possibilities for new learning experiences. Cherie shows us the tricks to getting it right, from planning and facilitating to gathering evidence!

Cherie is an extremely committed and motivated teacher who develops meaningful and practical projects in collaboration with her students and the community. This has been acknowledged through multiple VCAA VCAL awards, with the 2017 VCAL Teacher of the Year Award the most recent. Cherie is a dynamic conference presenter and VALA committee member with over 8 years of working in applied learning at Lorne P-12 College.

B2 How to manage difficult teenage behaviours in a VCAL setting

Room 6

Mal Hand, Swinburne TAFE

This interactive workshop will give you a background to how the teenage brain works and an insight into why students behave the way they do. Chock full of take-to-the classroom tricks of the trade on how to establish, manage and maintain a positive learning environment for your VCAL students.

Mal has spent her life working with teenagers – as a Secondary school teacher of English and Maths; as a youth worker, and as a foster parent. She has been teaching VCAL for many years, and teaches all strands of the program. Mal has an abiding interest in adolescent wellbeing. She is also a published author, writing under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Margaret. Mal considers herself very fortunate to be able to use her teaching and youth work skills to assist these resilient young people with their challenges on the journey to adulthood.

B3 Introduction to VCAL – The basics

Main hall

Dr. Cornelia DeBrincat, Program Manager, VCAL Unit, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

A step by step walk through of the VCAL. Bring all your questions along!

Cornelia DeBrincat is a program manager in the VCAL unit at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Cornelia manages a number of projects within the VCAL unit, including the VCAL curriculum unit reviews, VCAL Achievement Awards, delivery of induction programs for new VCAL providers and delivery of Themed VCAL programs. Cornelia has been involved in education for a number of years and has taught within the school, TAFE and Higher Education sectors. Cornelia has completed a PhD on VCAL at the University of Melbourne

B4 Quality Assurance

Room 2

Narelle Bean, Director of Curriculum, Werribee College

Quality Assurance, the mere mention of it sends shivers down some spines. But there is no need! Quality Assurance is a supported process to ensure all VCAL programs meet the benchmark of minimum standards to successfully meet VCAL outcomes. Join Narelle and learn about the ins and outs of QA, ask your burning questions and get reassured. It is not as scary as you think!

Narelle is currently the Director of Curriculum at Werribee Secondary College. Narelle has developed and shared WRS integrated programs in a number of settings at all three levels of VCAL. With over 20 years of experience in education, she is a firm believer that relationship development in both the class and staff room is integral to student success in VCAL.

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B5 PDS – VCAL and Community Partnerships

Room 5

David Gallagher, Mentor, Lecturer and Applied Learning Consultant,

Building successful partnerships with your community is essential in growing a great program. Delivering VCAL in a Not-for-profit, charity setting means that funds are often scarce, and you must create meaningful partnerships within the community to build a robust program that has all the resources, experiences and opportunities necessary for the students to thrive and succeed.

David has been involved with secondary education for 50 years. He was the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Manager with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority until his retirement in 2014.
David has a Master of Education (Applied Learning), a Graduate Diploma in Career Education and a Higher Diploma of Teaching – Secondary.
During his career David has provided professional development activities for teachers in Victoria, interstate and internationally, including the Institute of Applied Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he provided advice and support to establish an applied learning certificate for UAE students.
He lectures to undergraduates in theories of applied learning, program design, assessment and engaging disadvantage students at Latrobe University.
His articles on the VCAL, applied learning and student engagement have been published in both state and international journals.

B6 Numeracy

Room 8

Jamie Gray, Leading Teacher, Peter Lalor Secondary College

Numeracy is fun the way Jamie does it. Learn how to bring numbers to life for your students and walk away with heaps of resources and ideas!

Jamie has been teaching maths and science for over thirty years and has been involved with the VCAL program since it piloted in 2003. Jamie has co-written materials for VCAL students and teachers including VCAL First and the VCAL Numeracy materials for Responsible Gambling Victoria. Jamie also regularly lectures teachers on Numeracy issues at universities, conferences and workshops. Recently, Jamie has co-written the new VCAL Numeracy units and prepares articles for VCAL teachers through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s Common Denominator.

B7 Structured Workplace Learning – SWL placement Portal – SWL recognition towards the VCAL

Room 1

Sharon Neal, Structured Workplace Learning Team Leader, Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows school students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations. SWL is available to Victorian school students undertaking a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs). Support is available from your Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) to find SWL placements for students undertaking VET programs as part of their VCE, VCAL or SBATs. The role of the LLEN is to work with schools, employers and industry groups to identify appropriate SWL placements that are tailored to local priorities and employment opportunities. This includes facilitating placements for students who are ‘hard to place’ and finding placements that are ‘hard to source’.
The LLEN publishes opportunities on the SWL State-wide Portal. Sharon will demonstrate how the portal provides teachers and students with easy to navigate information and referral point for diverse structured workplace learning opportunities.

Sharon joined the OELLEN team in 2016 and brings with her extensive experience from the employment services industry in training, case management and employer liaison. Possessing a background in Education, Sharon also has a working history in Sales and Marketing.

B8 Skills for Further study

Room 3

Shelley Muir, VCAL Coordinator, Mentone Grammar

Are you teaching SFS for the first time or just trying to get your head around the new curriculum? SFS gives students a general credit toward their VCAL certificate and is excellent preparation for further study at TAFE or university. This workshop will provide you with a digital toolkit for facilitating this unit, including a checklist of tasks mapped against the updated curriculum outcomes, ideas for activities and excursions, and proformas for collecting evidence.

Shelley is an educator with 15 years’ experience in both government and independent sectors. She has established and coordinated VCAL programs in two schools, most recently at Mentone Grammar where she is currently the VCAL Coordinator. Shelley is passionate about helping young people realise their potential, promoting high expectations and shaping meaningful pathways. She is a teacher of all VCAL units, VCE Psychology, and VET. She also completed her Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development in 2018.

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B9 Integrating the Numeracy and Literacy strands

Room 4

Christina Paizes and Felicity Fox, Melbourne Polytechnic

Go on a journey into the world of integrating the Literacy and Numeracy Strands. This presentation will be fun, interactive and hands on. Throughout the workshop you will participate in activities that cover both the Literacy and Numeracy outcomes. The tasks will be real and relevant and provide students with the skills they need beyond the classroom. At the end of the journey you will walk away with a toolkit of tips and practical advice on how to integrate the Literacy and Numeracy VCAL units in your classroom.

Christina has over 25 years of experience in the education sector. Her extensive industry and academic experiences have influenced her approach and commitment to managing change effectively within organizational and academic life. To this end her view is that learning & development is the vehicle toward the facilitation of effective transitions in today’s work/life reality. As a teacher of Senior VCAL she is passionate about making a positive contribution to the education of young learners.
Felicity is a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic Mathematics teacher. She has been teaching VCAL Numeracy over the last 11 years across all levels in both the Secondary and TAFE sectors. She is currently teaching VCAL Numeracy at Melbourne Polytechnic in an integrated VCAL program in the Youth Unit. Felicity is passionate about teaching young people the skills they will need beyond the school setting and is determined to make numeracy real and relevant for her students.

12.30 – 1.15 pm Lunch, networking and displays – Upper Foyer and Lower Foyer

1:15 – 2:15pm Group C (Choose 1 of 9 – all sessions are repeated in Group D)

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C1 VCAL Numeracy – how to deliver and assess unit 1 and 2 in tandem

Room 9

Justine Sakurai, Maths Co-ordinator, Sandringham Secondary College

Numeracy with a bang! Justine gets the numbers working in your favour. Join her in this hands-on workshop and learn how to engage your students through high octane numeracy activities. Hold on tight!

Justine is currently teaching at Sandringham College. Justine has been teaching in the VCAL program for over 10 years and loved every minute of it. Justine advocates a hands-on practical approach to the teaching and learning of numeracy and encourages her students to be independent thinkers and doers. She thinks a class that motivates students with physical components is more likely to encourage long term memory of key concepts. Justine applies current knowledge and science of teenage brain development to her teaching methodology. She hopes you enjoy her session.

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C2 Literacy reading and writing

Room 4

Julianne Spring, Education Coordinator, SEDA

VCAL Literacy for the first time can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. Faced with a very open curriculum and a multitude of possibilities VCAL Literacy allows a creative teacher to fly.
So where to start?
In this interactive workshop Julianne will provide participants with tips, planning tools, and practical activities to support new to VCAL teachers in the delivery and design of their Literacy program. Effective literacy strategies will be a focus along with discussion about how to engage students for whom academic success has up until now been elusive. Participants will leave the workshop with some concrete ideas to implement in their own VCAL Literacy programs.

Julianne is a qualified English and TEFL teacher who has extensive experience in working with Australia’s most marginalised groups, these have included; prisoners, Central Australian Indigenous communities,newly arrived migrants and a range of students from lower socio economic backgrounds in Melbourne. She has a passion for teaching literacy using applied learning methodology and enjoys sharing her teaching and learning experiences with other VCAL teachers.
Julianne’s experiences in the VCAL include its application in the Government, TAFE and Independent School sector.
Julianne started her VCAL journey delivering Work Related Skills in the VCAL Pilot program at Northland Secondary College In 2006 she moved to the Moorabbin campus of Holmesglen’s Vocational College. There she was involved in curriculum development for the Literacy, PDS and WRS strands at Intermediate and Senior levels. She currently holds the leadership position of Education Coordinator at SEDA College where she oversees the development of VCAL curriculum.
Julianne has a Master of Education by research in Work and Learning (2012) from Monash University. Her research thesis examined the delivery practices of TAFE teachers and applied learning andragogy in the VCAL.

C3 Essential elements for a solid applied learning lesson/activity

Main hall

David Gallagher, Mentor, Lecturer and Applied Learning Consultant,

In this workshop, David will share his considerable experience in applied learning. He was the former VCAL Manager at the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority, his current role is a mentor to a number of VCAL providers, both in Victoria and interstate, a sessional lecturer at Latrobe University in applied learning and assessment and works as an applied learning consultant.
Building on this rich experience and referencing a number of applied learning theories, David will outline the essential elements that are necessary for any applied learning lesson or activity.
Participants will leave the presentation with a checklist to benchmark their own applied learning lessons/activities.

David has been involved with secondary education for 50 years. He was the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Manager with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority until his retirement in 2014.
David has a Master of Education (Applied Learning), a Graduate Diploma in Career Education and a Higher Diploma of Teaching – Secondary.
During his career David has provided professional development activities for teachers in Victoria, interstate and internationally, including the Institute of Applied Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he provided advice and support to establish an applied learning certificate for UAE students.
He lectures to undergraduates in theories of applied learning, program design, assessment and engaging disadvantage students at Latrobe University.
His articles on the VCAL, applied learning and student engagement have been published in both state and international journals.

C4 The many ways VET fits within a VCAL program.

Room 3

Danielle McAuliffe, Program Manager, VET Unit, Curriculum Division, VCAA

A coordinated VET program is critical to the success of a VCAL students learning program. This session will look at the variety of VET options for students to satisfy the Industry Skills strand, it will look at ways the VCAL units can be contextualised to assist the VET student. It will explore the role Structured Workplace Learning or School Based Apprentice/Trainee ships play and how students can gain extra credit towards the VCAL through SWL recognition.

Danielle is a Program Manager, at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Danielle has worked in education and training for over 30 years.
Starting her career in secondary schools and transitioning to VET, her breadth of experience spans training and assessment, operations, strategic management, client relationship management and instructional design.
Danielle worked for Engineers Australia and the Bevington Group in project management and strategic communications roles. Before joining the Department of Education and Training.
Danielle spent a number of years in TAFEs: WAI, RMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic in the delivery of various programs (ranging from certificates to advanced diplomas), course development, assessment production and evaluation, and work integrated learning.

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C5 Work Related Skills

Room 2

Narelle Bean, 2016 VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year, Director of Curriculum, Werribee College

Putting together a meaningful and engaging WRS program is often considered a struggle. However, it is one of VCAL’s objectives to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes employers are looking for. Narelle will show you how it’s done!

Currently the Director of Curriculum at Werribee Secondary College. Narelle has developed and shared WRS integrated programs in a number of settings at all three levels of VCAL. With over 20 years of experience in education, she is a firm believer that relationship development in both the class and staff room is integral to student success in VCAL.

C6 Understanding assessment within the VCAL

Room 8

Mal Hand, Swinburne University

This session provides an overall look at assessment of the VCAL outcomes. It will cover the Principles of Assessment, Rules of Evidence, a range of assessment methods as well as evidence of assessment. Sounds complicated? Join Mal and she will guide you through it all!

Mal has been teaching VCAL for many years in a wide range of settings. As both a teacher and trainer/assessor she is highly knowledgeable in the area of competency based assessment and the challenges this may pose to teachers most familiar with graded assessment.

C7 VCAL Co-ordination

Room 6

Laura Elliot, Head of Applied Learning, Penola Catholic College

Are you new to VCAL Coordination? Overwhelmed by what’s involved? Need a refresh? Or just want to know more about VCAL administration? Don’t miss this one! Laura will share her wealth of knowledge and experience in this session. Topics covered in this workshop include VASS eligibility reports (how to package a VCAL program) and work placement.

Laura has extensive experience in VCAL across both the secondary school and TAFE sectors. Driven by strong educational philosophies that are underpinned by a commitment to ensuring that schools are providing high quality, viable pathways for all students’ post-secondary school. Laura develops rigorous VCAL programs incorporating strong partnerships with the local community.

C8 Foundation VCAL in Special Education

Room 5

Naomi James, STEP Coordinator (Year 10-12), Ashwood School

Applied Learning the Ashwood way! Ashwood School is a coeducational specialist school with a fine reputation in educating students with a mild intellectual disability. See how the students at Ashwood School develop their confidence and competence in the skills needed for post-school employment, further education and training and independence at home and in the community. This presentation will concentrate on the wide variety of activities for students in the Ashwood School VCAL Curriculum.

Naomi is currently the STEP Coordinator for the Year 10 – 12 program at Ashwood School. She has previously taught Foundation VCAL at Ashwood School to Year 11 and 12 students for 10 years. She has collaborated with colleagues to write a number of VCAL Foundation modules and has a good knowledge of delivering VCAL at the Foundation level to students with a mild intellectual disability.

C9 Encouraging positive behaviours

Room 1

Bryce Flannery, Leading Teacher – Year 10 Leader & VCAL Coordinator, Point Cook Senior Secondary College

Your class runs the way you set it up. You can set it up to fail, or you can set it up to thrive, it’s up to you.
This workshop is full of examples and strategies that will support you in creating respectful and positive relationships with your students. Remember, connection before content! Full of insights and tips you can implement straight away, one not to miss.

Bryce is a 5th year teacher of VCAL, a 2nd year VCAL coordinator and 1st Year Leading Teacher. He has had numerous careers from hospitality, TAFE teaching, licking stamps for the TAC and selling ice-creams at the footy. He’s the happiest when he’s in front of his PDS class, is an advocate of the VCAL program and loves talking all things VCAL. Just like you, he teaches some so called ‘hard to teach students’ but wouldn’t have it any other way. His presentation is all about forming relationships with students that foster positive behaviours.

2:15 – 3:15pm Group D (Choose 1 of 9 – all sessions are repeats of Group C)

D1 VCAL Numeracy – how to deliver and assess unit 1 and 2 in tandem

Room 9

Justine Sakurai, Maths Co-ordinator, Sandringham Secondary College

Numeracy with a bang! Justine gets the numbers working in your favour. Join her in this hands-on workshop and learn how to engage your students through high octane numeracy activities. Hold on tight!

Justine is currently teaching at Sandringham College. Justine has been teaching in the VCAL program for over 10 years and loved every minute of it. Justine advocates a hands-on practical approach to the teaching and learning of numeracy and encourages her students to be independent thinkers and doers. She thinks a class that motivates students with physical components is more likely to encourage long term memory of key concepts. Justine applies current knowledge and science of teenage brain development to her teaching methodology. She hopes you enjoy her session.

Full

D2 Literacy reading and writing

Room 4

Julianne Spring, Education Coordinator, SEDA

VCAL Literacy for the first time can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. Faced with a very open curriculum and a multitude of possibilities VCAL Literacy allows a creative teacher to fly.
So where to start?
In this interactive workshop Julianne will provide participants with tips, planning tools, and practical activities to support new to VCAL teachers in the delivery and design of their Literacy program. Effective literacy strategies will be a focus along with discussion about how to engage students for whom academic success has up until now been elusive. Participants will leave the workshop with some concrete ideas to implement in their own VCAL Literacy programs.

Julianne is a qualified English and TEFL teacher who has extensive experience in working with Australia’s most marginalised groups, these have included; prisoners, Central Australian Indigenous communities,newly arrived migrants and a range of students from lower socio economic backgrounds in Melbourne. She has a passion for teaching literacy using applied learning methodology and enjoys sharing her teaching and learning experiences with other VCAL teachers.
Julianne’s experiences in the VCAL include its application in the Government, TAFE and Independent School sector.
Julianne started her VCAL journey delivering Work Related Skills in the VCAL Pilot program at Northland Secondary College In 2006 she moved to the Moorabbin campus of Holmesglen’s Vocational College. There she was involved in curriculum development for the Literacy, PDS and WRS strands at Intermediate and Senior levels. She currently holds the leadership position of Education Coordinator at SEDA College where she oversees the development of VCAL curriculum.
Julianne has a Master of Education by research in Work and Learning (2012) from Monash University. Her research thesis examined the delivery practices of TAFE teachers and applied learning andragogy in the VCAL.

D3 Essential elements for a solid applied learning lesson/activity

Main hall

David Gallagher, Mentor, Lecturer and Applied Learning Consultant,

In this workshop, David will share his considerable experience in applied learning. He was the former VCAL Manager at the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority, his current role is a mentor to a number of VCAL providers, both in Victoria and interstate, a sessional lecturer at Latrobe University in applied learning and assessment and works as an applied learning consultant.
Building on this rich experience and referencing a number of applied learning theories, David will outline the essential elements that are necessary for any applied learning lesson or activity.
Participants will leave the presentation with a checklist to benchmark their own applied learning lessons/activities.

David has been involved with secondary education for 50 years. He was the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Manager with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority until his retirement in 2014.
David has a Master of Education (Applied Learning), a Graduate Diploma in Career Education and a Higher Diploma of Teaching – Secondary.
During his career David has provided professional development activities for teachers in Victoria, interstate and internationally, including the Institute of Applied Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he provided advice and support to establish an applied learning certificate for UAE students.
He lectures to undergraduates in theories of applied learning, program design, assessment and engaging disadvantage students at Latrobe University.
His articles on the VCAL, applied learning and student engagement have been published in both state and international journals.

D4 The many ways VET fits within a VCAL program.

Room 3

Danielle McAuliffe, Program Manager, VET Unit, Curriculum Division, VCAA

A coordinated VET program is critical to the success of a VCAL students learning program. This session will look at the variety of VET options for students to satisfy the Industry Skills strand, it will look at ways the VCAL units can be contextualised to assist the VET student. It will explore the role Structured Workplace Learning or School Based Apprentice/Trainee ships play and how students can gain extra credit towards the VCAL through SWL recognition.

Danielle is a Program Manager, at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Danielle has worked in education and training for over 30 years.
Starting her career in secondary schools and transitioning to VET, her breadth of experience spans training and assessment, operations, strategic management, client relationship management and instructional design.
Danielle worked for Engineers Australia and the Bevington Group in project management and strategic communications roles. Before joining the Department of Education and Training.
Danielle spent a number of years in TAFEs: WAI, RMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic in the delivery of various programs (ranging from certificates to advanced diplomas), course development, assessment production and evaluation, and work integrated learning.

D5 Work Related Skills

Room 2

Narelle Bean, 2016 VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year, Director of Curriculum, Werribee College

Putting together a meaningful and engaging WRS program is often considered a struggle. However, it is one of VCAL’s objectives to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes employers are looking for. Narelle will show you how it’s done!

Currently the Director of Curriculum at Werribee Secondary College. Narelle has developed and shared WRS integrated programs in a number of settings at all three levels of VCAL. With over 20 years of experience in education, she is a firm believer that relationship development in both the class and staff room is integral to student success in VCAL.

FULL

D6 Understanding assessment within the VCAL

Room 8

Mal Hand, Swinburne University

This session provides an overall look at assessment of the VCAL outcomes. It will cover the Principles of Assessment, Rules of Evidence, a range of assessment methods as well as evidence of assessment. Sounds complicated? Join Mal and she will guide you through it all!

Mal has been teaching VCAL for many years in a wide range of settings. As both a teacher and trainer/assessor she is highly knowledgeable in the area of competency based assessment and the challenges this may pose to teachers most familiar with graded assessment.

D7 VCAL Co-ordination

Room 6

Laura Elliot, Head of Applied Learning, Penola Catholic College

Are you new to VCAL Coordination? Overwhelmed by what’s involved? Need a refresh? Or just want to know more about VCAL administration? Don’t miss this one! Laura will share her wealth of knowledge and experience in this session. Topics covered in this workshop include VASS eligibility reports (how to package a VCAL program) and work placement.

Laura has extensive experience in VCAL across both the secondary school and TAFE sectors. Driven by strong educational philosophies that are underpinned by a commitment to ensuring that schools are providing high quality, viable pathways for all students’ post-secondary school. Laura develops rigorous VCAL programs incorporating strong partnerships with the local community.

D8 Foundation VCAL in Special Education

Room 5

Naomi James, STEP Coordinator (Year 10-12), Ashwood School

Applied Learning the Ashwood way! Ashwood School is a coeducational specialist school with a fine reputation in educating students with a mild intellectual disability. See how the students at Ashwood School develop their confidence and competence in the skills needed for post-school employment, further education and training and independence at home and in the community. This presentation will concentrate on the wide variety of activities for students in the Ashwood School VCAL Curriculum.

Naomi is currently the STEP Coordinator for the Year 10 – 12 program at Ashwood School. She has previously taught Foundation VCAL at Ashwood School to Year 11 and 12 students for 10 years. She has collaborated with colleagues to write a number of VCAL Foundation modules and has a good knowledge of delivering VCAL at the Foundation level to students with a mild intellectual disability.

D9 Encouraging positive behaviours

Room 1

Bryce Flannery, Leading Teacher – Year 10 Leader & VCAL Coordinator, Point Cook Senior Secondary College

Your class runs the way you set it up. You can set it up to fail, or you can set it up to thrive, it’s up to you.
This workshop is full of examples and strategies that will support you in creating respectful and positive relationships with your students. Remember, connection before content! Full of insights and tips you can implement straight away, one not to miss.

Bryce is a 5th year teacher of VCAL, a 2nd year VCAL coordinator and 1st Year Leading Teacher. He has had numerous careers from hospitality, TAFE teaching, licking stamps for the TAC and selling ice-creams at the footy. He’s the happiest when he’s in front of his PDS class, is an advocate of the VCAL program and loves talking all things VCAL. Just like you, he teaches some so called ‘hard to teach students’ but wouldn’t have it any other way. His presentation is all about forming relationships with students that foster positive behaviours.