December 2014 newsletter VALAWeb version

In this issue

From the CEO

1. 2015 VCAL Induction Day - Friday February 20th

2. VALA Membership renewal

3. OXFAM National Close the Gap Day Thursday March 19th, 2015

4. Flexible Learning Programs in Australia - Research Publication - The Victoria Institute 'Putting The Jigsaw Together

5. ACER: Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) - Trials continue

6. Playmeo

7. A&D 2015 - Youth Film Festival

8. SAFE-T1 - downloadable graphic novels and student work packs

Adam WhitbreadFrom the CEO

It is with a mixture of excitement and a tinge of sadness that I must inform you of my decision to move on from my role with VALA. It is not a decision that I have taken lightly. I will be stepping down from the VALA leadership role early in the new year in order to take up my new position as VCAL Manager with the VCAA - a great responsibility which I am honoured to accept. My time with VALA has been one of challenge, change and growth and I am delighted that VALA is in very good shape and ready for its next chapter.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to the staff and members of the Committee of Management without whose support I would not have been able to lead the organisation. Thanks also go to the many VALA members who have contributed to the development of this unique organisation. I take with me some fantastic memories of conferences great and small, adventures on Safari, resources developed and many great conversations had in Committee meetings and with VALA members - all of which I feel very privileged to have enjoyed. I would like to wish everyone the very best for the season and in all your endeavours. I intend to stay in close contact with the Committee and look forward to a very exciting period ahead.

Warmest regards,

Adam Whitbread

1. 2015 VCAL Induction Day - Friday February 20th

A day packed with PD for teachers new to VCAL.

Featuring a full program of handpicked specialist workshops designed to get your VCAL program into gear. With a new venue, and a new program with many sessions repeated, the day can be designed around your specific teaching needs. Generous discounts apply for all VALA Members.

Bookings open now.

VALA logo2. VALA Membership renewal

VALA maintains is commitment to providing value to members by keeping rates at 2014 levels. There has never been a better time to renew or join VALA.

You can pay your 2015 fees early. May be you've got funds left? Here's the time and place to use them.


National Close the Gap Day Thursday March 19th, 2015

Register now to receive a free resource pack from Oxfam Australia, aligned to VCAL Personal Development outcomes, to help your students learn about the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians, and create and participate in community project events that are all about student-led action and community engagement.

Putting the jigsaw togther report4. Flexible Learning Programs in Australia

Research Publication - The Victoria Institute 'Putting The Jigsaw Together'

Flexible learning programs generate substantial benefits for individual young people as well as for their communities and broader Australian social and economic imperatives, according to this report. The research for Putting the Jigsaw Together focused on the provision of education for disadvantaged young people through flexible learning programs in Australia.

The overall goal of the project was to both assess and enhance the potential of flexible learning programs to contribute to marginalised young people's learning and wellbeing, as well as to national educational attainment and social inclusion goals.

Report (PDF)

5. ACER: Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) - Trials continue

ACER is developing the free and comprehensive Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) for the Department of Industry. Trials of FSAT have now commenced. We have received many expressions of interest in participating in the FSAT trials, which will support us in ensuring that the final assessments will be valid, reliable and fair. However, we still need more participants and learners to undertake the trial assessments. And we have just released new skill areas including Listening and Learning and some Core Skill for Work. The trials will continue through the next few months and providers receive reports of their learner's performance.


6. Playmeo

VALA membership includes access to playmeo's ever-expanding online database of group games & activities specifically designed to equip teachers with outrageously fun and interactive group activities. Here's a free 60 minute program chock-full of simple, interactive, no-prop style activities which are perfect for any group.

Free 60 minute program

7. A&D 2015 - Youth Film Festival

Entries close March 1st 2015

A&D is back for 2015 with more great films from VCAL/VET and Applied Learning Students in Secondary Schools. A&D showcases works by diverse groups including Special, TAFE, Community-based providers and others. If you have a great short film that you would like to see on the big screen in May then get in contact to see if your film fits the bill. Entries need to be new original works made by, with or for young people, 16:9 / widescreen, good audio quality, use copyright free music, not more than 6 minutes duration, G or PG rated. Entries close March 1st 2015.

More? Contact Sheena at the IELLEN

8. SAFE-T1 - downloadable graphic novels and student work packs

VALA is delighted to announce 5 great new additions to SAFE-T1.

These 5 engaging illustrated stories have been developed with VCAL teachers and students in mind. Featuring downloadable graphic novels and student work packs, the 5 stories are augmented with teachers notes and videos and are mapped to WRS.