VALA June 2014 newsletter

June 2014 newsletter VALAWeb version

Adam WhitbreadFrom the CEO

The Conference is close at hand with some sessions already full. There is always a last minute rush, so do book now to avoid disappointment. We have a very strong program this year with over 50 presenters, many of whom are nominated for VCAL awards, plus new resources, giveaways, generous discounts for VALA members and much more. Join us at the new venue of Monash University at Caulfield Campus for a stimulating day full of great ideas that are sure to get your program working.

1. Conference - sessions closing. Book now! Friday June 13th

2014Conference logo 'Are you an Edupreneur?Don't miss this very special PD event at Monash Caulfield campus; with over 50 workshops and presenters, a fabulous range of exhibitors and special conference-only giveaways, there is something to help everyone get their enterprise ideas into gear.

2. MembershipsVALA logo

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Membership benefits include discounts for the 2014 Conference on June 13.

You also get access to the Resources, including playmeo activities (see below), access to advice and other exclusive member-only benefits from our supporters.

VCAA logo3. Revised for 2014: VCAL Industry Specific Skills Strand and Work Related Skills Strand

Information on designing curriculum and learning programs to meet the purpose statements of the Industry Specific Skills and Work Related Skills Strand is available on the VCAA website.

Intuyu4. Intuyu Consulting - Workshop

Monday June 16th

At the VALA Conference on June 13th Dr Adrian Bertolini will be sharing his experience of unleashing students and setting up environments to empower their passion, self-expression and learning. On the following Monday June 16th he will be showing the HOW to do this through a workshop on planning engaging and powerful learning. The workshop is designed to take teachers through the process of planning great units but also discussing the underlying motivational issues and structures that is making VCAL successful in a wide range of schools. Discussions in the workshop will include developing intrinsic motivation, growth mindsets and tribal leadership - all key to understanding what could empower your students.

As part of special deal with VALA we are offering a 15% discount for VALA members plus a 5% discount for group bookings of 2 or more people from the same school. Venue: Milanos Brighton 4 The Esplanade, Brighton, Vic 3186 Time: 9.00am - 3.15pm Cost: $242 inc GST - includes: Workshop, notes, participation certificate, morning teas and lunch

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NCVER logo5. Webinar - Aiming high: what drives the educational aspirations of young Australians?

Thursday 5th June, 2.30 to 3.30pm AEST

Raising the educational aspirations of young people is a key element in supporting current higher education participation targets, including increased university participation by students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Recent NCVER research confirms that aspirations to complete Year 12 and go on to university have a substantial impact on educational outcomes.

Building on this, other NCVER research has shown that school and community programs, particularly those that leverage the influence of parents, may help raise the educational and occupational aspirations of young Australians.

This research has been produced by NCVER through the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) Program, on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Department of Education.


Consumer Affairs6. Consumer Stuff Film Festival Now open

Entries close 11 July 2014

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.

Full competition details

7. VISTA Fireside Chats

Community Services and Health with CEO Rod Cooke on 12 June Service Skills with CEO Jeanette Allen on 24th June

VISTACome to these events to access the Industry Skill Council insights into the Federal Government budget impacts on these industry sectors whilst enjoying professional conversations in a relaxed but informative atmosphere. Use this event to update your current industry knowledge.

Venue: Dimattinas function Room, 306 Lygon St Carlton (upstairs) Time: start at 6.30pm (network and registration) finish by 10 pm Cost: VISTA members $55 (plus GST) non members $80 (plus GST) Includes 2 course set menu. Drinks available at bar prices


Parliament of Victoria education services8. Parliament of Victoria - new resource

A new teaching resource is now available through the Parliament of Victoria website at … aligned to VCAL and CGEA. It consists of a program of four Units (choose one or more Units) with students engaged in events management (inviting your local State MP as Guest Speaker in your class room, or organising a more critical tour of Parliament House), field research (such as community visits to establish difference in levels of government), complications which arise from this system of three levels of government), and an opportunity for students to be rewarded with $50,000 by finding the stolen Mace!

9. Playmeo

playmeo logoVALA 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.

To access all the playmeo resources using the VALA membership benefit, log into VALA Resources (you'll need your VALA password which was supplied when you subscribed or renewed for 2014)

SAFET1 10. 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.


11. VCAL First - Resource

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


Working Communities12. 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.