August 2014 newsletter VALAWeb version

In this issue

From the CEO

1. Safari By The Sea - Overnight PD Adventure November 6th and 7th

2. Special Safari - August 20th. FREE EVENT!

3. VALA Conference Reflection

Conference sessions

The Conference Giveaways

4. ACER Numeracy PD - Sept 5th

5. New Literacy and Numeracy assessment tool trials

6. Webinar: Literacy development, learning and life experiences of low-education adults

7. Special Olympics - 20-25th October

8. TeachMeet at Oxfam – September 18

9. Outer Eastern Local Learning & Employment Network Industry Skills Forum & Expo 25th August 2014

10. Working Communities

Adam WhitbreadFrom the CEO

It was just fantastic to see so many VALA members at our recent conference. Thanks to everyone for helping to make it such a success. I was particularly struck with how much participation we had from VCAL students this year: the student helpers from Swinburne who did a superb job keeping everyone organized, as did the HEAT students who fed us so well, and not forgetting the wonderful contribution by VCAL students who presented on the day. Have a look at this excellent video made by a VCAL graduate to mark the event.

Check out the Conference update

Next up, the Safari by the Sea once again heads down to beautiful Lorne for an overnight adventure taking in award-winning Applied Learning programs from Geelong to Lorne and staying at the gorgeous Mantra Lorne Resort. Generous member discounts apply. Bookings open now.

Safari by the Sea1. Safari By The Sea - Overnight PD Adventure November 6th and 7th

Safari By The Sea is back for 2014! Join us for an exciting OVERNIGHT adventure along the Great Ocean Road to discover some of the Applied Learning treasures from Geelong to Lorne and back. Get on board for a PD experience unlike any other. Visiting Bellarine Secondary College, St Ignatius College, Surf Coast College and Lorne Aireys Inlet P - 12 Collegeand with a special Moonlight Cinema VCAL dinner event overlooking the beach at Mantra Lorne Resort. If you are only going to go to one PD this year, make it this one. Bookings are open now, but be quick as numbers are strictly limited.

More and registration

Gateway and red bus2. Special Safari - August 20th. FREE EVENT!

Generously supported by Gateway LLEN, this is a FREE EVENT for Special Schools and Alternative providers. This stimulting half day event visits Heatherwood Special School, Holmesglen TAFE and Berengarra School. Get on board the Special Safari.

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3. VALA Conference Reflection

Were you there? What a great day it was. Have you seen the excellent Conference video yet? Check it out here. But that's not all, we have some amazing PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS to announce to conference-goers from some of our generous sponsors.

Conference sessions

These are loaded as provided. See also 'The Edupreneur's Creed'.


The Conference Giveaways

Four logos Teaching Applied Programs The Big Issue Wheelz in Motion SYN Media Learning

ACER4. ACER Numeracy PD - Sept 5th

This all day session on September 5th will be conducted by experienced VCAL numeracy educator Dave Tout, and targets middle year and VCAL teachers. The focus is on moving beyond the textbook, worksheets and 'chalk and talk' to offer an alternative approach and a chance for ALL students to succeed and enjoy mathematics learning.

Further information and registration

ACER 5. New Literacy and Numeracy assessment tool trials

The Department of Industry has contracted the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to develop a free online Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) to identify and assess an individual's literacy, numeracy and employability skill levels. ACER is interested in hearing from interested literacy and numeracy providers to be involved in trials over the next few months in order to gather empirical data and to provide feedback about the assessment system.

Further information or to become involved

ACER6. Webinar: Literacy development, learning and life experiences of low-education adults

October 15, 2.30 pm for an hour

ACER's October LLN webinar will be conducted by Stephen Reder, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University.Stephen will be presenting on the Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning which systematically compares the learning trajectories and life outcomes of 1000 adults over a 10-year period.

Further information or to register

Stephen Reder is visiting Australia through the support of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL). He is a keynote speaker at the ACAL national conference 2-4 October and is also presenting at a VALBEC Forum in Melbourne on the evening of 15 October.

Special Oympics7. Special Olympics - 20-25th October

Become a Champion of the Special Olympics National Games 2014.

The 10th Special Olympics National Games will attract more than 1200 athletes with an intellectual disability to compete with pride in Melbourne, 20 – 25 October 2014. Bringing together athletes from around the country requires the support of partners – from major corporates through to community groups and schools. SONG - Special Olympic National Games are seeking 800 volunteers to cover 16 sporting events.


Oxfam8. TeachMeet at Oxfam – September 18

Oxfam Australia is hosting the next TeachMeet Melbourne, and all teachers are welcome to attend or present on the theme 'Bringing the world to your classroom'. TeachMeets are global movement of mini 'un-conferences' where teachers of all levels and subjects share good practice, practical ideas and personal insights into teaching. Presentations go for 2 or 7 minutes, can be interpreted to share anything you like: Great projects, class management techniques, learning styles, teaching methods, tech tools, cool websites, national or global collaborations and more! When: Thursday September 18, 4:30pm to 6:30pm Where: Oxfam Australia, 132 Leicester St, Carlton (five mins walk from the Vic Markets).



Outer Eastern LLEN9. Outer Eastern Local Learning & Employment Network Industry Skills Forum & Expo 25th August 2014

The Outer Eastern Local Learning & Employment Network in partnership with Box Hill Institute, Holmesglen Institute, Federation Training and Swinburne University of Technology  is hosting a special event on 25th August 2014, an Industry Skills Forum & Expo. The evening will highlight the importance of vocational training pathways including apprenticeships and traineeships. Bernard Salt from KPMG will give a Keynote address on employment trends and ways of attracting, recruiting and retaining Gen Y’s and Z’s in today’s workforce.

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Working Communities10. Working Communities

Working Community is a community focused school program targeted at young people aged 15-17 who are moving into post-compulsory education. The structured applied learning program involves young people working in teams, designing and managing their own community projects.