Professional Learning

'It's all about you' - Exploring Strategies for Educator Wellbeing

A VALBEC (Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Educational Council) Professional Learning session presented by Alexandra Vardis.

Being an educator can be immensely meaningful and rewarding, and at the same time incredibly challenging and stressful. In this workshop we will reflect on our experience as educators and explore self-care strategies to support our wellbeing at work. We will examine the PERMA framework for understanding our mental and emotional health and identify protective factors to enhance our resilience when challenges arise. Finally, we will consider the importance of setting boundaries to care for our own and others’ wellbeing. 

Alexandra Vardis is an Instructional Coach in the Professional Teaching Practice team at Melbourne Polytechnic.  She has extensive experience teaching young people in VCAL and Youth EAL programs and has been a Program Leader of Youth EAL courses. Alexandra is passionate about partnering with educators to enhance creativity, collaboration and innovation in learning and teaching to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to achieve and realise their learning goals, regardless of their background or life circumstances.

We look forward to seeing you there.
VALBEC PL Forums Team

Who: Alexandra Vardis
: Wednesday, 4th October 2023, 5.30-6.30 pm AEST
Where: Zoom
Cost: VALBEC Members Free; non-Members $25


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Funnetics aims to demystify phonetics for teachers who need a little encouragement using pronunciation activities with students. This is followed by 'Funnetic' participation in breakout rooms where teachers try out Catherine’s pronunciation activities. Whatever you thought of phonetics before, this webinar is going to be PHON! 

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Facilitated by: The VALBEC Professional Learning Team
When: 6th April @ 5:00pm AEST

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