Session details

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9.00 – 10.00am – Conference opening

Welcome – Helene Rooks – CEO Victorian Applied Learning Association

Q&A session – VCAL – the Basics. *flipped

See the pre-recorded session ‘VCAL – Basics’ by Cornelia DeBrincat, VCAL Program Manager, VCAA

Bernadette Cronin – VCAL unit manager, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

Helene Rooks – CEO, Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA)

(* All participants will receive a link to the pre-recorded ‘VCAL the Basics’ session prior to the conference and are invited to submit their questions prior to the conference)

“Recommendations from the Firth review – The short- and medium-term implication for the VCAL”

Stephen Gniel – CEO, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

Stephen GnielStephen’s education career spans more than 20 years in the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria as a teacher, principal and system leader.

In September 2020, Stephen was appointed to the role of VCAA Chief Executive Officer as part of changes to meet the Victorian Government’s priorities. This included delivering on the government’s commitment to support the Year 12 ‘class of 2020’ to successfully finish their studies and graduate before the end of the year and transition to their pathways beyond school.

Stephen was previously Deputy Secretary, School Education Programs and Support Group (SEPS) at the Department of Education and Training and prior to that was the Acting Deputy Secretary, Regional Services Group. Prior to assuming Deputy Secretary roles, Stephen was Regional Director, South East Victoria with responsibility for more than 400 government schools with collective enrolments of more than 250,000 students, a position he held from 2016.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Business Administration and has further study through both Harvard University, the Australia New Zealand School of Governance Executive Fellowship Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also the National President of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Stephen remains committed to actively contributing to improvements in education for the benefit of children and young people as well as for society at large and our collective communities.

 

10.00 – 11.15am Session A (Choose one)

A1

PDS – Community Partnerships in VCAL

David Gallagher, Mentor, Lecturer, Consultant

David Gallagher Building successful partnerships with your community is essential in growing a great program. 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 shows us how it’s done.

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.

A2

Applied learning – Why?

Cherie Osta, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the year 2017 and Geoff Bird, Retired Applied Learning Hero,

Cherie Osta and Geoff Bird ‘Applied learning is so much more than digging a hole to plant a tree’. Understanding the ‘why’ of applied learning will enable you to not only explicitly develop the skills young people need for the future, it will also empower you to promote and advocate the program to your leadership and wider school community. This presentation is based on the latest national and international research into future economic and work force demand. Recent findings evidence that applied learning is at the forefront of preparing young people for future success in further education and career pathway.

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 9 years of working in applied learning at Lorne P-12 College.
Geoff was instrumental in setting up Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12’s highly regarded and multiple award-winning applied programs. A highly experienced, committed and motivated teacher and workshop presenter, Geoff is a master in demonstrating how to develop and construct meaningful and practical projects in collaboration with the community. Forever keen on the latest evidence- based trends in education and the economy Geoff is a strong advocate for the ‘why’ applied learning is so important in our young peoples’ educational pathways.

A3

VCAL Co-ordination

Narelle Bean, Director of Curriculum Werribee SC, VCAA VCAL Chair’s Award 2019, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year 2016

Narelle Bean 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.

Currently the Director of Curriculum at Werribee Secondary College, Narelle has developed and shared 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 the classroom, staff room and wider community is integral to student success in VCAL. Narelle is highly regarded for her wealth of knowledge and ideas on how to tap into the resources and services available outside the classroom and a keen willingness to share these whenever she can.

A4

Numeracy with a Bang!

Justine Sakurai, All round VCAL hero

Justine SakuraiNumeracy with a bang! Gain an understanding on why a developing teenage brain may initially block you and take away strategies on how to circumnavigate this. 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

Justine has been teaching across public, private, community and VET sectors for 25 years. As an accomplished VCE Maths, VCAL Numeracy and Science teacher, she has experience as a curriculum writer and has served on multiple panels within VCAA. She brings strong working knowledge of both the VCE and VCAL curriculums, and an intense passion for teaching with a desire for all her students to demonstrate success. She is a regular presenter for the Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA) since 2012, where she provides masterclasses and workshops for teachers of VCAL Numeracy and other VCAL related topics. In addition, Justine writes articles for association magazines, facilitates workshops and provides consultancy across the VCAL landscape.

A5

Understanding assessment within the VCAL

Mal Hand,

Mal HandThis 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 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. As both a teacher and trainer/assessor she is

11.15 – 11.45am Morning tea – Upper and Lower Foyer

11.45 am – 1.00pm Session B (Choose one)

B1

How to advocate and gather support for your VCAL program

David Gallagher, Mentor, Lecturer, Consultant

David Gallagher Sharing decades of VCAL experience across all sectors, including engaged and disengaged teaching and leadership communities, David will share his extensive tips and strategies to support you in planning, delivering and celebrating your successful and valued VCAL program.

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.

B2

Integrated Projects in VCAL – Passion and connection.

Cherie Osta, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the year 2017 and Geoff Bird, Retired Applied Learning Hero,

Cherie Osta and Geoff Bird VCAL gives you the opportunity to integrate some or all the strands together creating innovative possibilities for new learning experiences and it all starts with your passion and connection! Cherie and Geoff show us the tricks to getting it right, from planning and facilitating to gathering evidence and celebrating! This highly regarded workshop is bound to transform the way you, your team and setting will approach VCAL in 2021.

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 9 years of working in applied learning at Lorne P-12 College.
Geoff was instrumental in setting up Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12’s highly regarded and multiple award-winning applied programs. A highly experienced, committed and motivated teacher and workshop presenter, Geoff is a master in demonstrating how to develop and construct meaningful and practical projects in collaboration with the community. Forever keen on the latest evidence- based trends in education and the economy Geoff is a strong advocate for the ‘why’ applied learning is so important in our young peoples’ educational pathways.

B3

Work Related Skills and Structured Workplace Learning

Narelle Bean , Director of Curriculum Werribee SC, VCAA VCAL Chair’s Award 2019, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year 2016

Narelle Bean 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 share her approach and many tried and tested in and out of school projects as well as take you through the objectives and support available for students to meet Structured Workplace Learning requirements and/or credits

Currently the Director of Curriculum at Werribee Secondary College, Narelle has developed and shared 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 the classroom, staff room and wider community is integral to student success in VCAL. Narelle is highly regarded for her wealth of knowledge and ideas on how to tap into the resources and services available outside the classroom and a keen willingness to share these whenever she can.

B4

Quality Assurance

Justine Sakurai, All round VCAL hero

Justine SakuraiQuality 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 Justine and learn about the ins and outs of QA, ask your burning questions and get reassured. It is not as scary as you think!

Justine has been teaching across public, private, community and VET sectors for 25 years. As an accomplished VCE Maths, VCAL Numeracy and Science teacher, she has experience as a curriculum writer and has served on multiple panels within VCAA. She brings strong working knowledge of both the VCE and VCAL curriculums, and an intense passion for teaching with a desire for all her students to demonstrate success. She is a regular presenter for the Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA) since 2012, where she provides masterclasses and workshops for teachers of VCAL Numeracy and other VCAL related topics. In addition, Justine writes articles for association magazines, facilitates workshops and provides consultancy across the VCAL landscape.

B5

Engaging students through practical and relevant Literacy tasks

Mal Hand,

Mal HandVCAL classrooms often have a sprinkle (or solid dose) of reluctant readers and writers, be it through individual learning difficulties or negative experiences in their past education. Mal will provide an outline of the Literacy strand including ideas and strategies to engage your students and enable their success.

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. As both a teacher and trainer/assessor she is

1.00 – 1.45 pm Lunch & networking – Upper and lower foyer

1.45 – 3.00pm Session C (Choose one)

C1

Essential elements for a solid applied learning lesson/activity

David Gallagher, Mentor, Lecturer, Consultant

David Gallagher 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 many 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 several 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.

C2

Hands on or Hands-off? – It is no longer a question!

Cherie Osta, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the year 2017 and Geoff Bird, Retired Applied Learning Hero,

Cherie Osta and Geoff Bird If 2020 has taught us one thing it is that we can no longer rely on seeing our students face to face throughout the year. This workshop will guide you through a step-by-step approach in how to develop projects that are flexible enough to keep momentum regardless of any restrictions we may face in 2021, be it COVID or other reasons your class (or just 1 student) is not able to attend in person. Making innovative use of ICT and the web, projects continue to progress whilst keeping your community partnerships going and your students meeting outcomes. Packed with proformas to support your planning as well as strategies to pivot any project this workshop offers many new and creative project ideas.

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 9 years of working in applied learning at Lorne P-12 College.
Geoff was instrumental in setting up Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12’s highly regarded and multiple award-winning applied programs. A highly experienced, committed and motivated teacher and workshop presenter, Geoff is a master in demonstrating how to develop and construct meaningful and practical projects in collaboration with the community. Forever keen on the latest evidence- based trends in education and the economy Geoff is a strong advocate for the ‘why’ applied learning is so important in our young peoples’ educational pathways.

C3

The wonderful world of VASS, how to package an individual VCAL program

Narelle Bean, Director of Curriculum Werribee SC, VCAA VCAL Chair’s Award 2019, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year 2016

Narelle Bean Love it, hate it or just not knowing much about it? The Victorian Assessment Software System (VASS) is the most important underpinning planning and reporting system of the VCAL. To avoid a panic (or disaster) towards the end of the year, when it turns out your students are not on track to complete their certificate, it is imperative that all educators can read and interpret VASS student eligibility reports. Narelle will share her years of experience by showing you exactly what to look out for!

Currently the Director of Curriculum at Werribee Secondary College, Narelle has developed and shared 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 the classroom, staff room and wider community is integral to student success in VCAL. Narelle is highly regarded for her wealth of knowledge and ideas on how to tap into the resources and services available outside the classroom and a keen willingness to share these whenever she can.

C4

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

Justine Sakurai, All round VCAL hero

Justine SakuraiScratching your head on how to implement both unit 1 and 2 of the Numeracy strand? Planning to deliver unit 1 in semester 1 and unit 2 in semester 2? Justine challenges you to rethink and provides a plan and strategies to deliver and assess both in tandem. Dive into the details of how these units will work for your students (and you!). Walk away with ideas, activities and most of all the confidence to deliver numeracy in a meaningful way.

Justine has been teaching across public, private, community and VET sectors for 25 years. As an accomplished VCE Maths, VCAL Numeracy and Science teacher, she has experience as a curriculum writer and has served on multiple panels within VCAA. She brings strong working knowledge of both the VCE and VCAL curriculums, and an intense passion for teaching with a desire for all her students to demonstrate success. She is a regular presenter for the Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA) since 2012, where she provides masterclasses and workshops for teachers of VCAL Numeracy and other VCAL related topics. In addition, Justine writes articles for association magazines, facilitates workshops and provides consultancy across the VCAL landscape.

C5

How to manage difficult teenage behaviours in a VCAL setting

Mal Hand,

Mal HandThis 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. As both a teacher and trainer/assessor she is

3:00pm Conference concludes