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MEMBER newsletter June 2013

An abbreviated version of this newsletter is provided to nonmembers.

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In this issue

From the EO – VALA Conference thanks

1. VCAL Achievement Award Winners

2. VALA Free Webinar June 13th • Ausvels and VCAL

3. NCVER No Frills Conference

4. VISTA - Quality and compliance conference

5. CRA - Growing Youth Spirituality Conference

6. VCAA Notices - Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business consultation

7. New free numeracy resources

8. Pop Up - Regional Projects

9. VCAL for LIFE - Video

10. VCAL First - Resource

11. Working Community Program - Resource

12. Safe T1 Resources

13. VET Development Centre - Diploma and Cert IV scholarship program

14. 2013 Consumer Stuff Film Fest

From the EO – VALA Conference thanks

Adam WhitbreadConnecting Conversations conferenceA special thanks goes out to the generous and talented presenters from last week's VALA "Connecting Conversations" Conference. The 34 sessions provided a lively and stimulating environment for some great cross-sectoral dialogue and provided the 200+ attendees with a plethora of inspired ideas for great new practice. Highlights include the 3 special guest speakers, Denise Stevens CEO of the VET Development Centre, David Murray from Youth Partnerships Secretariat and Michelle Bonardi from the MoneySmart financial Literacy team at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Of particular note this year was the involvement of the VCAL student helpers from Sandringham Secondary College who did a magnificent job of assisting on the day. Also notable was the first time student presenters at the new Student Marketplace.

Congratulations to all!

1. VCAL Achievement Award Winners

2013 VCAL award winnersCongratulations to all the VCAL Achievement award winners celebrated on May the 2nd at Federation Square. VALA had the honour of presenting Fiona McNeal from Berwick Secondary College and Todd Proud from Catholic College Sale who shared the VCAL Teacher of the Year Award.

Thanks also go to Fiona and Todd who generously agreed to present at the VALA "Connecting Conversations" Conference.

2. VALA Webinar June 13th • Ausvels and VCAL

Presented by Sharon Foster AusVELS Manager, Curriculum Division, VCAA

Within ReachAusVELS logo

AusVels provides a single curriculum for levels F-10 that incorporates the Australian Curriculum as it is progressively developed within a framework that reflects particular Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning. VALA is delighted to welcome Sharon to our Within Reach Webinar series. How can Applied Learning help inform practice in the new Australian Curriculum framework.

Join Adam Whitbread and Sharon Foster in this exciting conversation.

Register now

NCVER logo3. NCVER "No Frills" Conference

22nd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference (No Frills) 10-12th July

Sunshine Coast TAFE, Mooloolaba Campus, Mooloolaba

This annual conference is considered one of the best value events on the VET research calendar. The conference aims to be informative and practical, and is an ideal opportunity to exchange information, ideas and network among those involved or interested in education and training research.

Contact Katrina Matheos ph 08 8230 8458 email katrina.matheos@ncver.edu.au


VISTA logo4. VISTA - Quality and compliance conference

5th July at William Angliss Conference Centre

VISTA’s focus is to ensure individual VET professionals have access to understanding emerging national and state VET policy and strategy on quality, governance and compliance. In particular, VISTA is looking to further enhance individual VET professionals’ understanding of the recent developments within the VET quality and compliance arena.


Christian Research Association5. CRA - Growing Youth Spirituality Conference

19th and 20th July 2013

The Christian Research Association has combined with Tabor College to host a conference on youth spirituality. The conference will be held at East Alliance, 44-60 Jacksons Road, Mulgrave, Victoria on the 19th and 20th of July 2013.


6. VCAA Notices - Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business consultation

VCAA logoThe ACARA curriculum drafts for Civics and Citizenship Years 3–10 and Economics and Business Years 5–10 are now available. Teachers and educators can access these from the AusVELS consultation page.

Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business consultation forum for secondary teachers

Date: 4.30 pm–6.30 pm, Wednesday 26 June 2013

ACARA logoThe forums will be held at 2 Treasury Place, East Melbourne.

The VCAA invites teachers and educators who wish to participate in these forums to register online: Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business forum register.

Registered participants will receive an email reminder providing specific venue details prior to their chosen forum.

Teachers can also contribute feedback to these consultations online here

Online consultation: Draft Australian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship

Online consultation: Draft Australian Curriculum Economics and Business

7. New free numeracy resources

Building Strength with Numeracy'Building Strength with Numeracy' are adult numeracy resources that will have value for some VCAL classes. The free online materials have been produced by VALBEC (Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council) and revise and improve on the iconic adult numeracy resources 'Strength in Numbers' and 'Breaking the Maths Barrier', and other ‘tried and true’ numeracy teaching resources.

The new resource is a collection of activities that builds on and updates elements of the previous resources, as well as including many new, previously unpublished ideas, activities and student practice exercises.

Free download

8. Pop Up - Regional Projects

Pop-up button St Brigids College HorshamOur newest addition to POP UP PROJECTS is the VCAL group from St Brigid's College in Horsham.

The group have established a Healthy Luncheon Day that caters for the disengaged youth of the Horsham area. They'll be providing us with weekly updates on their progress.

We encourage other VCAL teachers to comment, reflect and make suggestions on new project ideas.

If you are a regional School interested in doing a Mentored project contact Adam Cooper adamc@vala.asn.au

VCAL for Life9. VCAL for LIFE - Video

This short video is an accompaniment to our new VCAL First document and is intended as an introduction to VCAL for students, parents and new teachers. Produced by VALA for the VCAA, VCAL for Life puts VCAL in context for anyone new to VCAL, featuring interviews with award winning VCAL teachers, a parent and an employer. Of particular interest is the fact that this video has been produced with the assistance of a group of Senior and Intermediate VCAL students.

See it

VCAL First10. VCAL First - Resource

This new digital publication, written especially for teachers who are coming to grips with VCAL programs for the first time, from VALA provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the essential concepts of VCAL.


Working Community11. Working Community Program - Resource

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.


SAFE-T1 logo12. Safe T1 Resources

VALA has developed some excellent resources for young workers with WorkSafe Victoria on OHS. These have been recently updated to align with the revised VCAL Personal Development Skills (PDS) units.


VET Development Centre13. VET Development Centre - Diploma and Cert IV scholarship program

The Centre manages a Victorian Government funded program that offers scholarships - to the value of $1000 - for practitioners intending to study a diploma level qualification in VET teaching or TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.


Further information

Consumer Affairs logo14. 2013 Consumer Stuff Film Fest

The Film Fest provides teachers with a creative and fun way to engage young learners, challenging them to make their own film on a consumer-based topic.

Entering the competition is a great way for your students to tell us what they think about consumer issues that affect them - and there are some great prizes up for grabs.

Entries close Friday, 6 September 2013.

Full competition details