VALA May 2014 newsletter

May 2014 newsletter (Member version) VALAWeb version

Adam WhitbreadFrom the CEO

Welcome back to Term 2.

I can't begin to contain my excitement at the thought of the upcoming 'Are You An Edupreneur?' 2014 VALA Conference. With a new venue, new format, new resources, new exhibitors and more opportunities to connect with colleagues it is certainly going to be our biggest and brightest conference yet. A special feature this year is the opportunity to stay later in the day and discuss your specific ideas with some of our consultants. I am also thrilled to be able to welcome some inspiring young presenters who will be speaking about their successes in a range of outstanding programs. Generous member discounts apply and don't forget the early bird rate! See you there!

2014Conference logo 'Are you an Edupreneur?

early bird1. VALA 2014 Conference - fifty ways to explore Social Enterprise and Applied Learning

Join us for 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. Conference early bird discount closes Friday, May 9.

Early bird closes Friday, May 9, 2014 (full payment or purchase order is required).

Fees and discounts

Book now for the 2014 VALA Conference.

Full program listing of workshops




Why Social Enterprise matters

Helene Rooks

School based enterprises

Tina Sonka

Community based enterprises

Trisha Silvers

Pathways for enterprising learners

Helen Weadon

Partnerships - key learnings for VCAL

Bobbie Evans

Coffee Shop Program - Port Phillip Specialist School

Jacqui Chalmers

Cafeducation - 'Labour of Love or child labour'

Graeme Barwise

How To Spread A Good Idea

Mark Collard

Applying financial skills to be enterprise smart!

Shane O'Connor

VCAL Online

David Stillwell

Senior Pathways and Transitions Program

Glenda Fisher

Personal Development: Teaching Students how to work effectively in groups

Kate Smith

Youth media: Getting creative with Film, TV and Radio

Jon Staley, Jonathon Brown

Access to secondary education through alternative and flexible learning programs

Kitty TeRiele

Helping young entrepreneurs and workers stay safe on the road

Jan Hagston, Geoff Petrie

Innovation, Excellence and Engagement at Carrum Downs Secondary College

Katrina King, Rebecca Willmott

The A-Z of Me: M.A.D.E. by VCAL

Jessica Gorlin, Gary Lumsden

Mapping enterprise activities to VCAL learning outcomes

David Gallagher

Hands On Learning in Special Education

Emma McCarthy

Surviving in the shadows

Catherine Arnold, Rhiannon Lowrey

Straight Outta North Fitzroy

Nick Johns

Fire-powered learning through film

Richard Leigh, Adam Cooper

Young Entrepreneurs - Working Safe

Jan Hagston

Designing High Support Education

Dave Wells

Integrated projects for enterprising results

Loretta Goldsmith

Hands On Learning - Understanding and Applying Trauma Theory_

Emma McCarthy

Literacy for Life - for students who hate English

Karen Dymke

The 'Journeys' reports - capturing the strengths, challenges and needs of our alternative and flexible education providers

Louisa Ellum

The 4 big poverty myths - How young people can change the world

Annalise De Mel

Unleashing Learners

Adrian Bertolini

Learning some Life Lessons with fire

Loretta Goldsmith, Melissa Cumming

Create Your Own Restaurant - an integrated approach to VCAL Learning Outcomes

Amanda Muschamp

In Their Footsteps project

Nicole Scott

New Edupreneurs in action

Ross Dullard, Thomas Couch

VCAL Community Revolution

Terrie Crow

Photography for fun and enterprise

Jenny Ritchie-Jones

Koorie River Culture, Water Safety and Canoeing Skills

Valinda Gale, John Moore, Norsiyah Mokak

Young Entrepreneurs

8 Young Presenters

Imagining, starting and running a social enterprise

Michael McGann

Brokering successful multi stakeholder enterprises

Gill Meek

Effective Assessment Tools for Applied Learning

Todd Proud, Brett Van Berkel

Community Projects

Stephen McFarlane

Back to basics with Body Culture 'Getting something started'

Cathy Vescio-Dibella

Environmental projects, WRS and beyond.

Susan Bollard

iPads for classroom media projects

Adam Cooper

Coaching for team development

Karen Dymke

Sustainable environmental projects

Susan Bollard

Integrated projects

Loretta Goldsmith

Enterprise projects

Helene Rooks

VALA logo3. Memberships

Membership renewal invoices have been sent. Not got yours? Ask for an invoice at

Join or renew online

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.

4. Non-renewals lose membership access

Organisations, schools and individuals who have not yet renewed for 2014 will no longer be able to access resources. Passwords from 2013 are no longer valid.

VCAA logo5. 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.

Parliament of Victoria education services6. Parliament of Victoria - new resource

A new teaching resource is now available through the Parliament of Victoria website … 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!

ACER logo7. Literacy and Numeracy Conference, May 2014

The purpose of ACER's third annual Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference is to address the issue of lifelong learning and how to improve work and life skills for youth and adults by investing in programs, policies and practices that target the core skills of literacy and numeracy. The conference gives you the opportunity to network and share your ideas with colleagues—this has been one of the very strong and positive messages from feedback from the first two conferences. There will be sessions from community providers, small enterprises, private RTOs, large TAFE Institutes, WELL programs, and from both school based and non-school based youth programs. There will be presenters from remote Indigenous programs, regional centres and metropolitan programs.


ACER logo8. Numeracy PD opportunity: Engaging all Students in Maths and Numeracy

This all day session on May 9th will be conducted by Dave Tout and targets middle year and VCAL teachers. The focus is on moving beyond the textbook, worksheets and 'chalk and talk' to offer an alternative approach and a chance for ALL students to succeed and enjoy mathematics learning.


VISTA9. VISTA Fireside Chats

The federal budget is presented on on 13th May. Find out about budget impacts on these industry sectors. Find out what ways the federal budget will impact on VET provision for these sectors? Come 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

Intuyu10. Intuyu Consulting Workshop: Planning Powerful and Engaging VCAL Units

Dr Adrian Bertolini

Monday 16th June, 2014

Friday 21st November,2014

VALA Members note: discounts apply for VALA Financial Members

We consider VCAL to be one of the most practical offerings a school provides to develop students to become life-long learners and prepare them for the future. However many schools and teachers are challenged about how to deliver VCAL in a way that sensibly provides real, engaging learning for the students whilst building their self confidence and esteem.

This workshop is designed to have teachers:

Venue: Milanos Brighton 4 The Esplanade, Brighton, Vic 3186

Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm

Cost: Early bird: $209 inc GST Normal: $242 inc GST - includes: Workshop, notes, participation certificate, morning teas and lunch

More (PDF)

Armed and Dangerous11. Free event - Armed & Dangerous Youth Arts and Media Festival

Thursday May 29th. Astor Theatre, St Kilda. 1.00 – 2.15 PM

Armed & Dangerous' showcases diverse short films from VCAL, VET and Community education providers. #A&D celebrates 10 years on the big screen this year. Proudly supported by the St Kilda Film Festival, IELLEN, SKYS and local media companies. VCAL groups are especially welcome to attend this special display of fresh media making in the beautiful Art Deco surroundings of the famous Astor Theatre. #A&DTV also accepts content for its annual 6 part community TV series which screens later in the year on C31.To find out how your VCAL group can get involved and to book, contact Sheena John at the IELLEN Ph: (03) 9510 5444 or

Consumer Affairs12. 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

13. 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 14. 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.


15. 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.