2018 – celebrating our 40th birthday!

This is the birthday card from the ACAL conference, hosted by VALBEC. Enlargement

woman-head-silhouette-made-with-social-media-iconsAdult Literacy:  Teaching Learning and Brain Science

An informative and interactive workshop which will give participants tools to enhance their teaching practice while working with marginalised adult learners.

4:00pm – 6:00pm November 29, 2018

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VALBEC seeks conference administrator


As part of VALBEC’s commitment to provide quality professional learning to its members, an annual conference is organised, usually in May of each year. Our long term conference administrator, Don MacDowall, has done a great job for many years, however, he is no longer available to fulfil this role. Note: At this stage Don will continue to provide general admin services to VALBEC.

Therefore, VALBEC is calling for expressions of interest from individuals or groups to provide conference administration. We are interested in hearing about modern options and ideas for providing conference admin.

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VALBEC’s fortieth birthday card

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New free resource

We learn all the time, any time – lesson ideas

A free resource providing LLN teachers and students with ideas for exploring how they can start to build strength, ability and confidence. More

New Life Members

It was with great pleasure that the VALBEC committee recognised the commitment to the Adult LLN field, and in particular, VALBEC,  by awarding Lynne Matheson and Sarah Deasey Life Membership.

Lynne Matheson has been a member of VALBEC and the committee for many years – the driving force behind many conferences, forums, and other events. She is passionate and committed to the sector and has a strong sense of justice for Adult Learners and a vision for the future.

Sarah Deasey is the Further Education Coordinator at Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre and has led the Learn Local – RTO for 20+ years. Sarah has convened Fine Print, VALBEC’s journal of Adult LLN for many years and has been instrumental in volunteer committee with her knowledge of the sector, its history and people involved.

Both Lynne and Sarah are so well and highly regarded in the sector – professionally and personally. Congratulations Lynne and Sarah.

Conference pics – who can you see?

VALBEC members benefits include

  • Fine Print three times a year – a high quality journal for discussion and debate about good practice, theory and policy issues. Feedback and contributions are actively sought from members about content and issues.
  • eVALBEC – our email communication keeping members informed of professional development activities, general committee activities and more up to date policy changes.
  • Discounts for the Annual Conference and other VALBEC statewide professional development.
  • Issues-based forums.
  • Focus on significant policy issues impacting on the field.
  • Free numeracy resources.

2018 additional benefit – ACAL Conference discount

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