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MEMBER newsletter May 2013
An abbreviated version of this newsletter is provided to nonmembers.
In this issue
A well deserved congratulations to all the VCAL Award winners and Nominees at this year's dazzling ceremony which was held recently at Federation Square. I always look forward to the awards ceremony, as it is such a wonderful opportunity to hear of the remarkable work happening in the field. The passion, commitment and imagination of outstanding teachers, students and organisations is an inspiration for us all and a cause to celebrate. The awards provide a moment in which we can all reflect on the unique success of VCAL. It was my pleasure to personally present two extraordinary teachers with the Teacher of the Year award, Fiona McNeal from Berwick Secondary College and Todd Proud from Lavalla Catholic College. I feel very privileged that we have been able to get not one but both of these talented teachers to present sessions at this year's 'Connecting Conversations' conference. But do be quick to book as it is not possible to overfill sessions.
Many thanks to Fiona and Todd, catch them and other great teachers at the Conference.
Book now - many sessions filling fast!
With an outstanding line up of presenters - many fresh from the VCAL Awards.
Join one of these Conversations at the 2013 VALA Conference
VALA and The Big Issue Classroom are proud to host a free model eClassroom workshop/webinar for VALA members on Thursday May 16th at 3.30pm, to learn first-hand about the experience on offer to your students.
Places are limited to 25.
Special! 10 places available for VALA non-members.
Teachers who attend the webinar will be eligible to receive a 10% discount on all face-to-face or eClassroom bookings for their school. To book and for more info, including curriculum and VELS relevance, visit www.thebigissue.org.au
Presented by Sharon Foster, AusVELS Manager, Curriculum Division, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
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.
June 13, 3.30-4.30pm
4. WEBINAR: Revitalising the 'Vocational' in flows of learning and labour - May 23 - Free Webinar from NCVER
Presenter: Leesa Wheelahan, Associate Professor, LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management, University of Melbourne
Thursday, 23 May 2013
2.30pm - 3.30pm AEST
This webinar reports on the findings of a three year research program entitled Vocations: the link between post-compulsory education and the labour market.
Thursday May 30th. Astor Theatre, St Kilda. 1.00 – 2.30 PM
Short films from VCAL, VET and Community providers and a diverse range of young media makers.
#A&D provides a landing place for first time filmmakers and has helped hundreds of young people develop skills in media and screen production.
VCAL groups welcome! To find out how your VCAL group can get involved and to book, contact Louise Nicholas
Sponsored by Inner Eastern Local Learning & Employment Network, SKYS (St Kilda Youth Service) and The St Kilda Film Festival
Ph: (03) 9510 5444 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Building the Scaffolding - Strengthening support for young people in Victoria is a new joint research report by the Victorian Council of Social Service and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria's (YACVic), examining how policy, planning and the delivery of youth support services could be strengthened to improve support for young people in Victoria.