- Nominate for the Committee
End of term is nigh. Have you booked for Safari by the Sea yet? Don't miss this unique OVERNIGHT adventure, taking in award-winning Applied Learning programs from Geelong to Lorne and staying at the Mantra Lorne Resort. Generous member discounts apply but be quick!
Join us for an exciting OVERNIGHT adventure along the Great Ocean Road to discover some of the Applied Learning treasures from Geelong to Lorne and back. Get on board for a PD experience unlike any other. Visiting Bellarine Secondary College, St Ignatius College, Surf Coast College and Lorne Aireys Inlet P - 12 College, and with a special Moonlight Cinema VCAL dinner event overlooking the beach at Mantra Lorne Resort. If you are only going to go to one PD this year, make it this one. Bookings are open now, but be quick as numbers are strictly limited.
at SKYS Learning Centre, 62-74 Pickles Street, South Melbourne at 4.30pm
Note: On-street parking available at rear of Gasworks Arts Park on Richardson Street.
The 2014 Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at SKYS Learning Centre, 62-74 Pickles Street, South Melbourne at 5pm.
The business of the 2014 AGM will be
1. Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM
2. Receive reports on the activities of the 2012-2013 year.
3. Elect the officers of the Association
All positions become vacant at the AGM
Nominate for the Committee
Download a Nomination form
All VALA Members and friends are welcome to attend however only financial members are entitled to vote and nominate. We will be thanking the outgoing Committee of Management and electing the new Committee of Management at the Annual General Meeting.
If you are intending to nominate for the new CoM feel free to contact Adam Whitbread to discuss this in advance of the AGM. Reach Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0488 440 482
If you have never been on a Board or Committee before, fear not, your ideas and input can make a real difference and it's a great experience to have in terms of your own professional development. Meetings are lively, purposeful and friendly. Come and add your voice, unique perspective and enthusiasm for Applied Learning to our Committee.
Research Publication - The Victoria Institute
Flexible learning programs generate substantial benefits for individual young people as well as for their communities and broader Australian social and economic imperatives, according to this report. The research for Putting the Jigsaw Together focused on the provision of education for disadvantaged young people through flexible learning programs in Australia. The overall goal of the project was to both assess and enhance the potential of flexible learning programs to contribute to marginalised young people's learning and wellbeing, as well as to national educational attainment and social inclusion goals.
The Department of Industry has contracted the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to develop a free online Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) to identify and assess an individual's literacy, numeracy and employability skill levels. ACER is interested in hearing from interested literacy and numeracy providers to be involved in trials over the next few months in order to gather empirical data and to provide feedback about the assessment system.
October 15, 2.30 pm for an hour
ACER's October LLN webinar will be conducted by Stephen Reder, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University.Stephen will be presenting on the Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning which systematically compares the learning trajectories and life outcomes of 1000 adults over a 10-year period.
Stephen Reder is visiting Australia through the support of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL). He is a keynote speaker at the ACAL national conference 2-4 October and is also presenting at a VALBEC Forum in Melbourne on the evening of 15 October.
Thursday September 18, 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Oxfam Australia, 132 Leicester St, Carlton (five mins walk from the Vic Markets)
Oxfam Australia is hosting the next TeachMeet Melbourne, and all teachers are welcome to attend or present on the theme 'Bringing the world to your classroom'. TeachMeets are global movement of mini'un-conferences' where teachers of all levels and subjects share good practice, practical ideas and personal insights into teaching. Presentations go for 2 or 7 minutes, can be interpreted to share anything you like: great projects, class management techniques, learning styles, teaching methods, tech tools, cool websites, national or global collaborations and more!
The 2014 Eportfolio Forum will continue the success of 2012 and 2013 with a two day program of presentations, workshops and facilitated conversations on 1-2 October at the La Trobe University. The Forum is complemented by Pre-Forum Half-day Workshops on Wednesday 1 October, from 9.30 am -12.30 pm & 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm, to allow new and experienced eportfolio supporters to gain some 'hands-on' experience with using eportfolios.
Become a Champion of the Special Olympics National Games 2014. The 10th Special Olympics National Games will attract more than 1200 athletes with an intellectual disability to compete with pride in Melbourne, 20 – 25 October 2014. Bringing together athletes from around the country requires the support of partners – from major corporates through to community groups and schools. SONG - Special Olympic National Games are seeking 800 volunteers to cover 16 sporting events.
Gateway LLEN, in conjunction with the Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA), and with support from the OELLEN are offering a FREE one day professional development opportunity.
This day will be suitable for teachers and practitioners from schools, TAFE & ACE programs involved in the delivery of VCAL, Pathways & Applied Learning Programs.
VALA 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.