September 2014 newsletter VALAWeb version

In this issue

From the CEO

1. Safari by the Sea

2. VALA AGM Friday, October 17, 2014

- Nominate for the Committee

3. 'Putting The Jigsaw Together' - Flexible Learning Programs in Australia

4. New Literacy and Numeracy assessment tool trials

5. Webinar: Literacy development, learning and life experiences of low-education adults

6. TeachMeet at Oxfam

7. 2014 Eportfolio Forum 1-2 October

8. Special Olympics - 20 - 25th October

9. Success Stories in VCAL - Dec 3rd FREE EVENT

10. Playmeo

Adam WhitbreadFrom the CEO

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!

Safari by the Sea1. Safari by the Sea

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.

VALA AGM notice2. VALA AGM Friday, October 17, 2014

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

See the Constitution (Rules of the Association)

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 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.

Putting the jigsaw togther report3. 'Putting The Jigsaw Together' - Flexible Learning Programs in Australia

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.

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ACER 4. New Literacy and Numeracy assessment tool trials

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.


ACER5. Webinar: Literacy development, learning and life experiences of low-education adults

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.

Further information or to register

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.

Oxfam 6. TeachMeet at Oxfam

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!


ePortfolios7. 2014 Eportfolio Forum 1-2 October

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.


Special Oympics8. Special Olympics - 20 - 25th October

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.


9. Success Stories in VCAL - Dec 3rd - FREE EVENT

Success stories

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.

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10. Playmeo

playmeoVALA 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.

Download a program