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MEMBER newsletter May 2013

An abbreviated version of this newsletter is provided to nonmembers.

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In this issue

From the EO

1. 'Connecting Conversations' - May 31 - is now open for bookings

2. WEBINAR: The Big Issue eClassroom - May 16th - Free webinar from VALA

3. WEBINAR: Applied Learning and AusVels - June 13 -  Free webinar from VALA

4. WEBINAR: Revitalising the 'Vocational' in flows of learning and labour - May 23 - Free Webinar from NCVER

5. 'Armed & Dangerous' - Youth Arts/Media Festival

6. VCAL for LIFE - Video

7. VCAL First - Resource

8. Working Community Program - Resource

9. Safe T1 Resources

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

11. 2013 Consumer Stuff Film Fest

12. 'Building the Scaffolding - Strengthening support for young people in Victoria'

Adam WhitbreadFrom the EO

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.


Connecting Conversations conference1. 'Connecting Conversations' - May 31 - is now open for bookings

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

The 4 rooms of change

Steve Higham


VCAL Online

Dominic Brash


Moneysmart Financial Literacy

Michelle Bonardi


CVCAL Roundup

David Kennedy


Eco projects that build communities *

Susan Bollard *VCAL AWARD WINNER *


VCAL and WRS in the real world

Tim Thompson


VCAL Inspirations Show-Bag

Lyn Maniz


Homelessness and Disadvantage

Annalise De Mel


Connecting with Indigenous History

Jules Dymke /Jilli Romanis


Numeracy with a BANG

Justine Sakurai


Activities that help students connect

Mark Collard


VCAL across 2 campuses

Debbie Stanway


Developing a VCAL Program

David Gallagher


Integrated building program *



Student focused Integrated programs *

Antoinette Uppman *VCAL AWARD WINNER*


Sustainable Wetlands Project *

Catherine Arnold *VCAL AWARD WINNER*


Tight Teacher Teams *



Effective Applied learning assessment tools *



The E Store - Handmade @Nagle

Tina Sonka


VCAL Ideas snapshot

Cherie Osta/Geoff Bird


Barefoot VCAL

Richard Brown/Nick Johns


E-Portfolios: finding real world audiences

Jason Renshaw


Student Marketplace

Student projects in action.


Yammer as a networking tool

Fiona Purcell


Shopping for learning resources

Ros Mullins


Get them talking

Russell Deal


Hands on learning for years 7 - 10

Heath Armstrong


Why VET Matters

Penny Vakaksis


Overseas Immersions - VCAL Cambodia tour

Rob Foran



The Big Issue logo2. WEBINAR: The Big Issue eClassroom - May 16th - Free webinar from VALA

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.

Register for the free webinar

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

VCAA logo3. WEBINAR: Applied Learning and AusVels - June 13 -  Free webinar from VALA

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.

AusVELS logoHow 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

Register for the free webinar

4. NCVER logoWEBINAR: 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.

Register to attend this free webinar

5. Armed and dangerous logo'Armed & Dangerous' - Youth Arts/Media Festival


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: lnicholas@iellen.org.au

VCAL for Life6. 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 First7. 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 Community8. 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 logo9. 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 Centre10. 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 logo11. 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

Youth Affairs Council12. 'Building the Scaffolding - Strengthening support for young people in Victoria'

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.