Full program

8.15 am Registration opens Lower Foyer

Tea and coffee provided

9.00 am Plenary • Main Hall

9.00 – 9.10 Welcome/housekeeping: Helene Rooks, VALA CEO

9.10 – 10.00 Keynote:

‘Cultivating Creative Cultures with Communities’, Laitini Matautia – Cultural Coordinator, Carrum Downs Secondary College

‘Meeting outcomes along the way….’ Cherie Osta – VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year 2017

10.00 • 10.30 am Morning tea and exhibitor displays • Upper and Lower Foyer

10.30 – 11.25 Session A • Choose 1 of 9

A1 Essential elements for a solid applied learning lesson/activity

Room 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 Gallagher 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 Employability – Learning materials supporting the development of employ-ability skills for young people with a disability

Room 2

Debbie-ann Johnson VCAL coordinator / teacher, Sale & District Specialist School, and Andrea Evans-McCall National Disability Coordination Officer Eastern Victoria & Outer South East Region 17

In response to employer reports that the inability to meet the employability skills/competencies are a reason why employees with a disability are not successful in maintaining employment, the EMPLOY ABILITY partnership collaborated to produce a video and learning materials. The partnership consists of Sale Specialist School, National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO), Rural Access Wellington and DJW Media. The learning materials developed through this partnership highlight case studies of students who have taken part in community-based work experience programs, demonstrating the employability skills developed during the program and on placement. These learning materials are to be used in schools, employment agencies and prospective employers, highlighting the skills that young people with disabilities can bring to the workforce to increase inclusive employment opportunities and foster community connections. These learning materials fit into Personal Development units, Work skills units and Literacy units and are supported by guided curriculum activities and learning projects.

Debbie-ann has been a VCAL coordinator/ teacher for 15 plus years and is currently been teaching VCAL at Sale & District Specialist School for the last 9 years. She teachers in all VCAL strands, as well as being the school VASS coordinator. She has an extensive knowledge and understanding of VCAL and prides herself in the delivery of a diverse learning program. Andrea Evans-McCall is the National Disability Condition officer (NDCO) for Region 17 Eastern Victoria & South East Melbourne. Andrea was a secondary art teacher for 14 years, she designed high quality curriculum programs to ensure that quality-learning took place and were inclusive to all learners. She has completed her Graduate Certificate in Careers Development in 2014 and in current her role as an NDCO she works strategically to assist people with disability to access and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment. Andrea is a mother of a child with a disability

A3 Practical & Fun Debriefing Strategies

Room 3

Mark Collard, Director, Playmeo

In this practical, interactive workshop, Mark will present a series of innovative, simple and fun strategies which help VCAL teachers to draw valuable learning from their group’s experience. As this session will demonstrate, debriefing skills are much more than just asking a series of questions in a circle. Mark will reveal a simple three-step group processing model which will help you draw learning from every group training exercise you deliver. Most of these simple and fun strategies require no equipment and will refresh your existing programs (and enthusiasm for debriefing) immediately.’

Mark is an experiential trainer, speaker and author, and the founder playmeo – the world’s largest online database of group activities. He is an expert at helping teachers learn the skills and strategies they need to deliver remarkably fun programs that engage and motivate students to participate and get along.

A4 Think Organise Do- Just Do It! – Students with Specific Learning Needs

Room 5

Gail Preston, Content Director, Think Organise Do

This workshop will provide you evidence-based information on specific learning needs and strategies/resources to help your day to day management of students with specific learning needs (often undiagnosed). You will discover downloadable and device accessible templates and checklists which can assist you to support your students to equip themselves on their learning journey.

Gail Preston is a passionate educator and advocate for special needs learning. For more than 30 years, Gail has worked with individuals, schools, universities and governments, and studied the full spectrum of learning disabilities. Gail’s vast experience is complemented by postgraduate qualifications in Special Education and Leadership, plus a TEACCH Professional Certification, which she recently completed in the USA.

A5 Community Coming Together

Room 6

Nicole Toscano, Teacher Leader, The Pavilion School

Class groups at The Pavilion School explore different social issues to foster engagement with and knowledge of local community organisations: Minus 18, Frontyard and YSAS. This project provides students the opportunity to promote and learn about a myriad of community organisations and partnerships at an event titled: Community Coming Together. This session will offer teachers an opportunity to evaluate an integrated Literacy and Personal Development unit by questioning: How can our planning be both responsive and rigorous?

A passionate advocate for inclusive education, Nicole Toscano started her career as a Teacher for Australia alumni in the Northern Territory. Since moving to Melbourne, Nicole is dedicated to creating rich and engaging learning experiences for her multi-age, multi-ability VCAL students at The Pavilion School.

FULL A6 A bag full of literacy activities and ideas

Room 9

Jan Hagston Consultant, Multifangled and Lee Kindler Multifangled

Come along to discover a range of literacy activities for different purposes and students. From activities designed to develop spelling to those that support students to develop literacy skills in context, there will be something for everyone. But don’t expect just to be told about the activities you will be expected to try them out.

Jan Hagston has broad education experience having worked across sectors undertaking teaching, product development, professional training and development and research. Much of this work has been in youth and adult literacy. Lee Kindler is a writer, educator and instructional designer with ten years’ experience developing resources for primary, secondary and adult learners.

A7 Empowering vulnerable young people through PDS

Room 8

Mairead Hannan, Associate Head of Campus, St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre and Sally Morgan Project Officer, St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre

Young adults seeking asylum face many challenges including a lack of voice and empowerment. The Intercultural Youth for Collaborative Change project uses PDS to incorporate study and social support. In 2017, students identified key issues they face: mental wellbeing, racial discrimination, lack of pathways for young asylum seekers, and youth disengagement. Their self-driven PDS projects provided a powerful vehicle for cultural learning, and an empowering nexus of community networks. PDS learning in this context is built on a pedagogy of empowerment, active citizenship and applied learning for students who are often cast in terms of a deficit discourse.

Mairead Hannan manages a VCAL program for vulnerable young people aged 16-25. She advocates for positive learning experiences and environments for bilingual learners. She was President of VicTESOL, taught at Melbourne Graduate School of Education and led the development of ‘The Huddle’. Mairead has received several awards including a Centennial Medal and AFI award for music direction of ‘One Night the Moon’. Sally Morgan is an experienced educator with a passion for applied learning. She has worked extensively with asylum seekers and is a strong advocate for improvement in support and pathways options to enable systemic change that enhances education and wellbeing for young people seeking asylum in Australia.

A8 CreateTwelve – An Enterprise Approach to VCAL

Room 1

Kerrie Hammond, VCAL Teacher & Pathways Leader, Western Heights College and Andrew McCarthy, Fran Smith, Tami O’Hare Western Heights College and Victorian Group Training Company

Western Heights College has a multi-faceted, flexible approach to the delivery of their Senior VCAL program. WHC have partnered with VGTC to offer all their students the opportunity to undertake SBATs. Their students have developed their own enterprise ‘CreateTwelve’, they make stock such as scented candles, body scrubs, chopping blocks, planter boxes in class. They then market and sell their products using social media and at various markets. Each student is a shareholder in this enterprise.

A team-based approach to VCAL learning – an Assistant Principal, two teachers and the General manager of a highly regarded Group Training Company, an enthusiastic group of Senior VCAL students.

A9 From Surf to Sand and back again – An integrated project in progress.

Room 4

Cherie Osta, Lorne P-12 College

The 2018 VCAL students of Lorne P-12 College have embarked on an amazing and ambitious learning journey! To make a difference and expand their understanding of different communities and cultures they have partnered with the remote NT community of Santa Teresa, 85 km south-east of Alice Springs. They will travel to Santa Teresa later this term to foster strong connections and collaborate with Aboriginal young people to deliver a community project that benefits the people of Santa Teresa. Towards the end of the year students from Santa Teresa intend to visit Lorne to experience the way of life from a Lorne teenage perspective. Join Cherie to find out about the trials, tribulations and triumphs encountered so far in the implementation of this exciting project. A VCAL program with no budget means there are many smaller projects and initiatives taking place to raise the funds to deliver this project. This project will be the feature of this year’s Safari by the Sea and we would welcome all to be part of its celebration in November!

Cherie Osta is a multiple award winning VCAL teacher (including Teacher of the Year and Program Delivery), a dynamic conference presenter and VALA committee member with over 9 years of working in applied learning at Lorne P-12 College.

11.30 – 12.30 Session B • Choose 1 of 9

B1 Harmony Projects

Room 1

Katherine Anderson, Personal Development Teacher, Cheltenham Secondary College and Emma Farrington- Williams Cheltenham Secondary College

Senior VCAL students and teachers from Cheltenham Secondary College (CSC) will present reports about their PDS Harmony Projects, and an overview of how the class collaborated and brought together a whole school focus on celebrating Harmony Day.

Kathi is an ex Middle School Learning Leader, re-invented as a VCAL teacher and Personal Development Leader. Emma is the current CSC Careers Leader and VCAL Numeracy Leader. They make up half of the VCAL leadership team, enjoying new challenges and opportunities, with a cohort of 47 VCAL students in 2018

B2 Connecting VCAL to community through the Duke of Edinburgh

Room 4

Shelley Muir, VCAL Coordinator, Mentone Grammar and Henry Kiss, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Mentone Grammar

How do we help students to engage with people from all walks of life in a meaningful way? How do we teach them to be more tolerant, more resilient and more responsible? This workshop will show you how to embed the Duke of Edinburgh Award into your VCAL program. The benefits of this include fostering lasting community connections, developing empathy for all members of a diverse society, and promoting efficacy and independence in VCAL students, all with the bonus of an internationally recognised certificate. We will show how the Duke is a key component of several integrated projects, from homelessness and disability, to indigenous communities, and beyond. In addition, you will see how activities in the Duke can be mapped against PDS, Numeracy and Literacy VCAL outcomes.

Shelley has been coordinating VCAL for six years, and in 2016 moved from the public sector to set up the VCAL program at Mentone Grammar. She is a passionate advocate for VCAL who seeks to create meaningful connections between students and their community. Henry Kiss teaches VCAL at Mentone Grammar as well as coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh awards for the school. He has a background in Recreation Management and experiential learning programs.

B3 Ideal Team-Building Exercises for VCAL Students

Room Main Hall

Mark Collard, Director, playmeo

A practical, interactive program which will present a series of very simple ‘team-building’ activities which VCAL teachers can use & integrate into their curriculum for the purposes of building self-esteem, team skills or simply to have fun. From simple two-minute partner exercises to complex group initiatives, the activities are ideal for developing trusting and healthy relationships. Mark will also discuss critical program design principles to help you implement these games. All of the content from this session will be sourced from playmeo’s activity database – which all VALA members have complimentary access to.

Mark is an experiential trainer, speaker and author, and the founder playmeo – the world’s largest online database of group activities. He is an expert at helping teachers learn the skills and strategies they need to deliver remarkably fun programs that engage and motivate students to participate and get along.

B4 All Hands On Deck: For Boy Overboard

Room 5

Rhett Watts, Assistant Principal, Marnebek School and Jacqui Lamden Marnebek School

This workshop will focus on an integrated and hands on learning approach to a cultural study on the novel ‘Boy Overboard’. The foundation VCAL unit has been developed for students in a special school setting and explores practical and real-life concepts around refugees, racism and cultural diversity.

Rhett Watts and Jacqui Lamden have many years’ experience in special education. They bring a wealth of knowledge on how to adapt and differentiate programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Jacqui Lamden recently was awarded outstanding secondary teacher, and Rhett was awarded runner up as the annual Principal Association for Special Schools Awards.

CANCELLED B5 Engaging & Keeping Strong SWL Partnerships

Room 6

Ebony Dedini, VCAL/VET Co-Ordinator,Manor Lakes College and Danielle Jakob Manor Lakes College

Do you want to increase your SWL Partnership network, get them more involved in your VCAL programs and keep them happy? We will explain the steps to take to ensure your local SWL partners are kept informed, up to date, involved in more than their SWL if wanted and wanting to come back for more and more each year!

Ebony has been teaching VCAL for 6 years, most recently Integrated Senior VCAL, as well as coordinating the Manor Lakes College VCAL Program. She has also had experience across all VCAL levels and strands and has developed a successful year 10 Applied Learning program.
Danielle has been teaching within the VCAL program for 5 years, roles being Foundation Level teacher, SWL Coordinator (creating, developing and implementing program, team leader (behaviour and wellbeing).

B6 Designing and writing effective assessment tools

Room 8

Tyson McNamara, Youth Programs Coordinator, Box Hill Institute

Designing effective assessments can sometimes seem like an art form. we need to design assessments that will allow our students to demonstrate their skill and knowledge, tools which will collect valid evidence and tools that are flexible enough to collect the evidence we need to reach a decision and meet QA and VCAA expectations. This session is going to strip away the mystery of a competency based assessment tool. We will look at what makes up an assessment tool, instructions to student and assessor, marking guides and conditions of assessment. This will be an interactive, nuts and bolts session answering any question you have ever had about assessments. ‘

Tyson McNamara has spent his life immersed in education, teaching at high school, VET and university levels. Alongside his teaching, Tyson has served as an educational designer for the Indigenous Futures collaboration project developing attractive and engaging content for remote students. Tyson teaches all strands of VCAL, including a range of industry strands.

B7 4C’s – ‘Cultivating Creative Cultures with Communities’

Room 3

Laitini Matautia, Cultural Coordinator, Carrum Downs Secondary College

Carrum Downs SC has a highly diverse student population and has experienced regular influxes of different cultural groups. Laitini led the development of this cultural awareness program which has the key focus of breaking down stereotypes and bringing young people together through cultural song, dance and other art forms.
This program embraces the college’s values and teaching platforms, including restorative justice practices. The program is held on a weekly basis and culminates each year with a celebratory evening in spring where students from participating schools showcase a 20 minute multicultural dance performance that includes their own costume designs. A Year 8 cross-curricular program is now linked in with the Year 11 and 12 VCAL students. There is extensive work that goes into this annual project for each of the schools. This may include, fundraising, sewing, designing costumes, and use of electronic devices and tools. This program has been particularly successful for Pacific Island students and disengaged students.

Laitini Matautia is of Samoan descent and has been working as a teacher for almost 15 years, always with a passion for working with difficult and challenging students.
Since 2005, Laitini led the development of the 4C’s cultural awareness program which has the key focus of breaking down stereotypes and bringing young people together through cultural song, dance and other art forms. Her hope is to see schools utilising this program to engage students (both challenging and academic), build relationships, develop independence and for these students to become positive role models in their community. Laitini has received multiple awards for her work including the 2012 Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the 2006 DEECD ‘Teacher Award’ Cultural Diversity

FULL B8 Social Enterprise = Applied Learning

Room 2

Mark Hunt, Leading Teacher VCAL, Cire Community School

Social enterprise is a hands-on way to deliver VCAL in schools. It can be used to deliver any subject and is applied learning at its best. Social enterprise embeds all of the employability skills into the program and can benefit the individual student, the class, the school and the wider community. This presentation will focus on how social enterprise has been used to deliver Work Related Skills at Cire Community School.

Mark has been teaching VCAL at Cire Community School since 2010. He has held a variety of leadership positions and is currently the Leading Teacher VCAL across 2 campuses. Mark has been using social enterprise to deliver Work Related Skills for the last 5 years.

B9 Road to Zero, a world leading road safety education experience

Room 9

Jan Hagston, Multifangled and Tahlee Norton, Road Safety Programs Manager, Transport Accident Commission

Road to Zero, a partnership between TAC and Museums Victoria, will feature the latest visual and digital technology to show students and the wider community how Victoria is working to create a new generation of safe young drivers. Located at Melbourne Museum, it will comprise two experiences: an immersive and exploratory gallery showcasing the latest in multi-sensory interactive technologies, and a curriculum-linked program. This curriculum-linked program is open to secondary students and is designed to help students understand their own vulnerability and the choices they need to make to stay safe on the roads. Come along to the workshop to find out how you can use the Road to Zero experience with VCAL students.

Jan is an experienced and passionate educator who has been involved in VCAL since it was first introduced. Her main focus has been on literacy and varied learning approaches. Over the last few years she has been working in the area of road safety education for young people.
Tahlee works in the TAC’s Road Safety Programs team that helps to oversee all the TAC’s road safety education initiatives.

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch and exhibitor displays Upper and Lower Foyer

13.15 – 14.10 Session C • Choose 1 of 9

C1 Literacy reading and writing- addressing low literacy levels

Room 8

Mieke Alexander, Consultant at Educational Special Projects

Low Literacy skills in VCAL, we all have students who need additional support in improving their reading and writing skills Are you looking for strategies to support students in improving their reading and writing skills? This taste of the VALA full day Masterclass on Addressing Low Literacy levels is one for you!

Mieke’s career in education spans almost 40 years, ranging from primary schools to teaching adults and young people in community education settings. A qualified teacher, VET trainer and assessor (Cert IV in Education Support) and experienced presenter she has delivered PD on gifted children, integrated curriculum, learning to learn, assessing mathematics, thinking curriculum and designing rich assessment tasks.

C2 Biodiversity and Cultural/Community Connections in our vineyard

Room 1

Lisa Brown, Ready, Set, Work teacher and vineyard co-ordinator Bellarine Secondary College

The Ready, Set, Work Program at Bellarine Secondary College is a Year 10 re engagement program for students exploring their future pathways. This program teaches students about biodiversity and sustainable living/farming practices through their hands-on program in the College vineyard. Students also gain real world life and work skills which has seen this program recognised state-wide of the outcomes achieved by these students. A recent partnership with Wyndham Central College sees the two schools collaborating to support cultural connections between both Colleges.

Lisa Brown is the teacher and developer of the Bellarine Secondary College Ready, Set, Work program. Lisa has taught applied learning programs from year 9 upwards and is an experienced VCAL teacher.

C3 From Isolation to Inclusion – Finding Connections in the Community

Room 4

Julianne Gardiner, Program Coordinator, The Big Issue Classroom, The Big Issue

Teachers will be given a ‘taster’ of The Big Issue Classroom’s popular workshop – ‘Discussions About Homelessness and Disadvantage’. This workshop examines the role of The Big Issue’s enterprises and programs in helping marginalised people overcome barriers to inclusion in the community. Julianne will explain how students attending a workshop are encouraged to reflect on the consequences of different choices and circumstances, and the importance of using support networks. A guest speaker will then share some of their personal experiences of homelessness, explaining how they overcame challenges and reconnected with the community.

While working as an ESL teacher, Julianne Gardiner started volunteering at the Big Issue in 2005, which led to five years employed in various roles within the organisation. After some time away to pursue other work opportunities, Julianne returned to The Big Issue in 2015 as a facilitator in the Classroom, and now coordinates the Classroom program for Victoria.

C4 Empowering students through the Holocaust

Room 6

Nicole Scott Teacher, Alkira Secondary College and Anatie Livnat Jewish Holocaust Centre

Join Nicole Scott and Anatie Livnat for their workshop detailing the experiences and educational opportunities offered to VCAL students who visit the Jewish Holocaust Centre. As a means for empowering their VCAL students they support the students in the organisation of a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. The Holocaust Remembrance ceremony at Alkira SC 2018 marks its sixth year. After the ceremony, VCAL students are involved in passing on the spirit of the program by preparing and running tolerance activities at their local primary school.

Nicole Scott has been teaching Humanities and VCAL at Alkira Secondary College for the last 6 years. She has taught PDS and Literacy at Intermediate and Senior levels. Nicole also received a study scholarship to Yad Vashem in 2013. Anatie Livnat has worked as an education officer for a number of years in Holocaust Education. In 2013, she was the recipient of a study scholarship to Yad Vashem in Israel.

FULL C5 Managing difficult teenage behaviour in a VCAL setting

Room 2

Mal Hand, VCAL Teacher, Swinburne TAFE

This interactive workshop will be chock full of take-home tricks of the trade on how to establish, manage and maintain a positive learning environment for your VCAL students.

Mal Hand 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.

C6 The Blue Flash – Connecting Car Racing, Creativity and Cooking

Room Main Hall

Adam Cooper, Program Coordinator, Lachlan Maclean, Numeracy & IT Subject Leader and Don Elliott, Team Manager, RACV Challenge, Engineering & Electro Technology Department, Vocational College Holmesglen

How do you connect Spray Cans to Spark Plugs? What about Breakfast and Batteries? Take a team of pre-apprentice Engineers, a group of VCAL Street Art students and some budding young chefs, throw in a couple of passionate teachers and a state wide car racing event and you have ‘The Blue Flash’ … a story of how applied learning connects the most unlikely of project partners. Over the last two years, Vocational College has developed a winning formula for an integrated project that assists students to compete in the annual RACV Energy Challenge. As the project has grown, so has our ability to weave together a variety of learning approaches and industry specific skills. It’s a mix of Art, Engineering and Hospitality that assists a team of VCAL students to build an electric car and compete in the 24 hour endurance race in Maryborough, Victoria. Come along and hear how a combination of diverse characters and skills create an award-winning team, and how applied learning provides the platform for different industries to tear up the same track!

Adam Cooper has been a long time VCAL practitioner and advocate for Applied Learning Programs across a diverse range of education settings. He is currently the Coordinator of the Vocational College, Holmesglen Moorabbin, delivering VCAL across all three levels. Over many years, Adam has been a highly active member of the Applied Learning community. He has fulfilled the role of Professional Learning Officer with VALA and Director of the Armed & Dangerous Youth Film Festival, as well as operating his own business as an Applied Learning resource developer and project manager in a range of TAFE, Secondary School, Special Education and Community settings. Adam is committed to the development of creativity and positive classroom relationships in order to make learning relevant and rewarding for both students and their teachers. Lachlan started his working life as a Mining Engineer before becoming a teacher of Maths, Science and ICT. For over 30 years he has taught students in both Technical and Community school settings. A long term passionate advocate for sustainable practise, in 2008 he single-handedly converted a Toyota Corolla to electric drive. He currently works in the VCAL program at Holmesglen’s Vocational College, where he fulfils the role of Numeracy and IT Subject Leader. Lachlan has always believed that real world learning takes precedence over box ticking. He actively pursues projects that encourage individuals with differing experiences, skills and interests to work together as a team. Don’s vocational background is in the Composites/Plastics industry specialising in Boat Building, Motorsport and Vocational Education in Composites. In 1982 Don was contracted to the Victorian TAFE Board to produce curriculum and training for the Composites industry nationally. The following year he joined TAFE as a full-time teacher/trainer for industrial, community and special education groups in Australia and Internationally. Being a strong advocate for applied learning, Don has involved student/staff groups in many high-profile projects, including the RACV Energy Breakthrough, World Solar Challenge, World Solar Cycle Challenge, Sunrace, Shell Mileage Marathon, Solar Boat Challenge, TAFE Motorsport Repair Team V8 Supercars and Grand Prix.

C7 The benefits of LinkedIN – LinkedIN in VCAL

Room 5

Arnel Davis, VCAL Co-Ordinator, Penola Catholic College

How can LinkedIn assist students and educators in pathway planning and documenting student achievement and progress? Easy! For example, during course intake interviews, LinkedIn provides the ideal platform for initial discussion with students and parents/guardians. It also provides the opportunity for students to conveniently update their qualifications, work and volunteer experiences as they attain them. as such it the ultimate tool to accurately measure the student’s academic and career progress and gauge personal interests. And it’s the perfect way for students to build their ‘toolbox’ and start connecting with potential future employers! Join Arnel and discover the benefits of this most underutilised free tool.

Arnel Davis is an educator who has delivered VCAL across TAFE, ACE and Secondary sectors. He has successfully utilised LinkedIN for over 10 years within the structure of VCAL. Many VCAL students under Arnel’s tutelage have successfully gained employment using this approach.

CANCELLED C8 Sanctuary Celebration

C9 Community Partnerships creating opportunities

Room 9

Kris Parsons, Leading Teacher, Jackson School

Community Partnerships have been an integral part of the success of or senior secondary program at Jackson School. The workshop will showcase the success of having active community partnerships in our school and how this can be achieved in other settings. The workshop will use current research and examples of how this can support schools through their FISO priorities. At Jackson School we created partnerships with Western Health, Local Council, TAFE and employment services to create programs that best support of students.

Kris has been the Leading Teacher of Transitions & Pathways at Jackson School for the past 6 years, working across two strategic plans. Jackson school is a government special for students with intellectual disabilities. Kris’ role has been developing both the senior secondary curriculum and improving transitions and pathways for all their students.

14.15 – 15.15 Session D • Choose 1 of 9

FULL D1 Managing difficult teenage behaviour in a VCAL setting

Room 9

Mal Hand, VCAL Teacher, Swinburne TAFE

This interactive workshop will be chock full of take-home tricks of the trade on how to establish, manage and maintain a positive learning environment for your VCAL students.

Mal Hand 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.

D2 The Long Walk and VCAL

Room 5

Arnel Davis, VCAL Co-Ordinator at Penola Catholic College and Walk the Talk Facilitator at The Long Walk Foundation

The Long Walk raises awareness to improve and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and life opportunities. We achieve this through the presentation of awareness raising events and education programs that promote understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and issues. Discover how your organisation can become part of the journey and Incorporate ‘The Long Walk Theme’ into VCAL.

ArneI is currently the VCAL Co-Ordinator at Penola Catholic College and a Long Walk ‘Walk the Talk’ facilitator. Previously Arnel was Aboriginal Programs Co-Ordinator at the Essendon Football Club and Senior Educator at Kangan Institute’s Indigenous Education Centre. He deliberately challenges the common structure of western educational models, by focusing on and valuing community contribution, identity, family, travelling experiences and informal learning.

D3 Free Little Libraries -A community project for VCAL Cohorts with 20 to 120 students

Room 6

Kelly Morrison VCAL Coordinator, Mildura Senior College and Tracy Rudman VCAL Teacher, Mildura Senior College

Literacy levels and academic achievement in a socially diverse and isolated communities are lower than in Metropolitan cities, and according to The State of Mildura Rural City’s Children & Young People Report (2014), compared to the Victorian average, more young people in Mildura do not live in families who regularly read to their children at home. This was the inspiration for the Little Libraries Project, ensuring children have access to books across the community. A partnership between the Council, community organisations, and Mildura Senior College Int PDS VCAL Students, saw 40 libraries built and decorated and placed strategically around the Sunraysia community.

Kel Morrison has been the VCAL Coordinator at Mildura Senior College since 2015 with ten years VCAL experience including 12 months in Scotland on an International Teachers Fellowship where he completed a project on student pathways through school and into the workplace. Tracy Rudman has been at MSC for the past 3 years predominantly teaching PDS and WRS.

D4 Making maths add up: applying numeracy and maths to real life

Room 8

Dave Tout, Senior Research Fellow, ACER

In this hands-on workshop participants will look at how you can connect the world of mathematics with the real world and what some of the challenges and complexities are that arise and need to be addressed with learners. There is a rich and varied source of real world mathematics that can be used to help make maths practical and relevant (and fun), but how do you plan for this in teaching students numeracy in VCAL? A range of teaching activities will be demonstrated, including whole group and small group work.

Dave is an experienced numeracy educator who is particularly interested in making mathematics relevant, interesting and fun for all students especially those who are disengaged from mathematics. He has written many numeracy teaching, curriculum, assessment and PD resources. He has been involved in maths curriculum development for both VCAL and VCE.

D5 Workplace Learning: a program of social inclusion for young people with disability

Room 4

Jan Davis, Program Coordinator, Holmesglen Institute

Currently there are no known supported internship programs available for young people with a disability within Australia. In 2017 an International Specialised Skills Institute fellowship was undertaken in the UK to explore the possibility of introducing this concept at Holmesglen Institute. This presentation is based on the findings and outcomes of the fellowship and will outline a strategic partnership with the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). A supported internship pilot project will commence in 2018. Ten students have been selected to participate in the program all of whom will be placed in a range of departments within the hospital including Human Resources, Allied health, CSSD (Central Sterilizing Service Department), the RCH Foundation, Medical Records, Food Services, Early Learning Centre, Support Services, Family Services and RCH Volunteers. A formal evaluation of the program is planned. This paper will present the development and implementation process and report on preliminary outcomes of the evaluation.

Jan Davis is the Program Coordinator of the Work based Learning Program at the Royal Children’s Hospital. The student cohort of 16-24 years will be studying Certificate I in Work Education. The course’s primary focus is for students to pathway into mainstream employment or further study.

D6 The Blue Flash – Connecting Car Racing, Creativity and Cooking

Room Main Hall

Adam Cooper, Program Coordinator, Lachlan Maclean, Numeracy & IT Subject Leader and Don Elliott, Team Manager, RACV Challenge, Engineering & Electro Technology Department, Vocational College Holmesglen

How do you connect Spray Cans to Spark Plugs? What about Breakfast and Batteries? Take a team of pre-apprentice Engineers, a group of VCAL Street Art students and some budding young chefs, throw in a couple of passionate teachers and a state wide car racing event and you have ‘The Blue Flash’ … a story of how applied learning connects the most unlikely of project partners. Over the last two years, Vocational College has developed a winning formula for an integrated project that assists students to compete in the annual RACV Energy Challenge. As the project has grown, so has our ability to weave together a variety of learning approaches and industry specific skills. It’s a mix of Art, Engineering and Hospitality that assists a team of VCAL students to build an electric car and compete in the 24 hour endurance race in Maryborough, Victoria. Come along and hear how a combination of diverse characters and skills create an award-winning team, and how applied learning provides the platform for different industries to tear up the same track!

Adam Cooper has been a long time VCAL practitioner and advocate for Applied Learning Programs across a diverse range of education settings. He is currently the Coordinator of the Vocational College, Holmesglen Moorabbin, delivering VCAL across all three levels. Over many years, Adam has been a highly active member of the Applied Learning community. He has fulfilled the role of Professional Learning Officer with VALA and Director of the Armed & Dangerous Youth Film Festival, as well as operating his own business as an Applied Learning resource developer and project manager in a range of TAFE, Secondary School, Special Education and Community settings. Adam is committed to the development of creativity and positive classroom relationships in order to make learning relevant and rewarding for both students and their teachers. Lachlan started his working life as a Mining Engineer before becoming a teacher of Maths, Science and ICT. For over 30 years he has taught students in both Technical and Community school settings. A long term passionate advocate for sustainable practise, in 2008 he single-handedly converted a Toyota Corolla to electric drive. He currently works in the VCAL program at Holmesglen’s Vocational College, where he fulfils the role of Numeracy and IT Subject Leader. Lachlan has always believed that real world learning takes precedence over box ticking. He actively pursues projects that encourage individuals with differing experiences, skills and interests to work together as a team. Don’s vocational background is in the Composites/Plastics industry specialising in Boat Building, Motorsport and Vocational Education in Composites. In 1982 Don was contracted to the Victorian TAFE Board to produce curriculum and training for the Composites industry nationally. The following year he joined TAFE as a full-time teacher/trainer for industrial, community and special education groups in Australia and Internationally. Being a strong advocate for applied learning, Don has involved student/staff groups in many high-profile projects, including the RACV Energy Breakthrough, World Solar Challenge, World Solar Cycle Challenge, Sunrace, Shell Mileage Marathon, Solar Boat Challenge, TAFE Motorsport Repair Team V8 Supercars and Grand Prix.

D7 Duke of Edinburgh: An Integrated VCAL Program

Room 1

Bronwen Foley, Award Leader, Duke of Edinburgh, Upper Yarra Secondary College

Looking for a hands on, diverse and challenging program to engage your VCAL students? A Duke of Edinburgh Award can be integrated across the 4 strands of VCAL and provide an opportunity for tangible independent learning. Students create their own award program based on their personal interests, talents, strengths and weaknesses.

Bronwyn has been the Duke of Edinburgh and VCAL Coordinator at Upper Yarra Secondary College for 8 years. She has taught VCAL for 10 years across the 4 strands and is very passionate about hands on and outdoor learning.

D8 From Bystanders to Upstanders

Room 2

Tony Weldon, Chairman, Courage to Care (Vic.)

Courage to Care is a well-established program challenging students to consider their attitudes towards prejudice, discrimination, racism and bullying. Using the actions of those who saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust as the prime example of ethical behaviour, the program encourages reflection on the reasons behind bystander behaviour, both then and now, in their school and wider community. It encourages each to be more accepting of our diverse society, demonstrates how individuals can make a difference and encourages students to stand up against injustice of any kind. The Workshop allows teachers to experience an abridged version of the Program.

Volunteers involved with Courage to care have presented Workshops to secondary school students at all Year levels and from every educational sector throughout the state since 2000. Over 100,000 students have participated. In 2013 the Program received an Excellence Award in education from the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

D9 Exploring inclusion and active citizenship through student-centred learning programs

Room 3

James Fiford, Education and Electoral Inclusion Officer, Victorian Electoral Commission

This workshop provides a background to the Victorian Electoral Commission and its education and inclusion team and features demonstration of the key VEC programs ‘Passport to Democracy’ and Partner Up’ (VCAL). You will walk away with some exemplar learning and teaching activities focused on democracy and voting that foster concepts of inclusion and diversity.

James is the Education and Electoral Inclusion Officer at the Victorian Electoral Commission. In his role he plans, and delivers, active civics and citizenship curricula (including VCAL) across Victoria in primary, secondary and tertiary settings. He is an experienced teacher of History, Civics and Citizenship and English, and has taught in the Master of Teaching program at the University of Melbourne.

3.15pm Conference concludes