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Neurodiversity in Adult Learning with Linno Rhodes

Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm (EST) 18 August

Dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia are perhaps the most common specific learning differences we encounter in the adult learning environment. In this webinar, participants will be guided through the manifestations of these learning differences and learn some strategies to expand their teaching toolbox. We will revisit the adult learning principles and look at teaching through a strength-based approach.

Linno Rhodes is an adult literacy educator. She is interested in the transformative power of education and the wonders of the brain and learning.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Spotlight on Valbec committee member Deborah Mullen!

Deborah Mullan has joined the VALBEC committee to represent the broader area of industry LLN. Her consulting business - Training That Works just celebrated 21 years! Having been a Manager of Industry programs she has worked across several TAFE organisations to deliver training, write resources, and assist auditing of documents and processes for best practice. As an Adult Literacy and Learning Support teacher for over 5 years Deborah has worked for the Master Builders Association and now concurrently at NECA- the National Electrical Association – assisting electrical apprentices with their studies. Other ACSF project work and assessing adds plenty of variety. Deborah was a Foundation Skills Champion to help promote Foundation Skills across many industry sectors and states.  She enjoys looking for innovative approaches to various industry scenarios.

Currently Deborah and Liz are looking to sign up partners and sponsors for the VALBEC Conference on 25 November, 2021. If you know an organisation that’s interested in promoting adult literacy and numeracy - and they’d like to contribute products and/or other benefits to our conference delegates in return for promotion via newsletter and conference website, contact us at info@valbec.org.au

1. From the President

In August, eVALBEC is better late than never. Better because we’ve had time to add a few last minute updates…

Firstly, Valbec’s conference planning is heating up. Believe us, this conference is going ahead on Thursday 25 November. Save the date!

And we’re going hybrid – face-to-face and online – so if you can’t make it to William Angliss, you can get into it on the internet!

Our Keynote Speaker this year is the multi-skilled Daniel Teitelbaum, lead facilitator at Playful Thinking, radio broadcaster*, comedy cabaret performer, an Associate Teacher of Design at Monash University and Chair of the Board for Tiny Non-Profit, an organisation dedicated to project led advocacy for sustainable living and dignified housing for all Australians.

Daniel leads people to discover playful tools from education, game design, theatre, philosophy, psychology and science to apply to the challenges of modern organisations and groups. Look forward to Daniel igniting Valbec’s Conference with playfulness on November 25th, 2021.

*Tune in to Daniel’s playful broadcasts on 3RRR and ABC 774 afternoons with Jacinta Parsons.

Elizabeth Gunn
Valbec President

Photo by Katrina Berban on Unsplash

2. Valbec Membership

Join or renew online.

https://valbec.org.au/membership/

If you join in August, September or October, deduct 50%. Renewal falls due the following February

Members receive:

  • 2021 – the Valbec professional learning series of 6 workshops will be free to current individual members.
  • Discounts for the Annual Conference and other Valbec statewide professional development.
  • Three issues of FINE PRINT per year – a quality LLN 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 e-mail communication keeping members informed of professional development activities, general committee activities and more up to date policy changes.
  • Free online numeracy resources.
  • Focus on significant policy issues impacting on the field.

3. Conferences

Valbec 2021 Conference – “A Passage In Time – Changes in Teaching and Learning Practices”

This year’s conference is about the changing nature of teaching and learning environments. If you have something to share about your changing journey as a teacher and/or learner why not put your hand up to present at our conference? We would love to hear from you at info@valbec.org.au.

4. Upcoming PD

Webinar: Neurodiversity in Adult Learning

Valbec
September 1 at 5:30 – 6:30PM AEST
Presenter: Linno Rhodes

Dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia are perhaps the most common specific learning differences we encounter in the adult learning environment. In this webinar, participants will be guided through the manifestations of these learning differences and learn some strategies to expand their teaching toolbox. We will revisit the adult learning principles and look at teaching through a strength-based approach.

Linno Rhodes is an adult literacy educator. She is interested in the transformative power of education and the wonders of the brain and learning.

Webinar: Community learning through adversity and disaster: A conversation about adaptation through needs based lifelong learning

Adult Learning Australia
August 25 at 1:00 – 2:00PM AEST
Presenters: Associate Prof. Annette Foley and Prof. (Adjunct) Barry Golding

This presentation will draw from recent research on Men’s Sheds in regional and remote Victoria. It will reference a case study of a community-based Shed in a disadvantaged rural location to discuss the role local community learning can play in responding to and developing resilience in the face of locally experienced global disasters. The discussion will include a conversation about how small communities of practice can exercise agency to create a unique, place and needs-based form of ‘bottom up’ lifelong and life-wide learning.

More details

Adult Learners Week 2021 – Change your story

1 – 8 September 2021

Adult Learners’ Week brings together organisations across the country to offer thousands of opportunities for all Australians to learn something new. It is a celebration of lifelong learning and demonstrates the dynamic personal, social and professional benefits of adult learning through a range of celebrations, activities and events across every state and territory. Any organisation involved in adult education and training can get involved in Adult Learners’ Week including neighbourhood houses, community centres, libraries, training organisations, employers, not for profit organisations, TAFE colleges and universities. More details

ALW21 Launch – 1 September at 1:00 – 3:00pm AEST
Presenters: Catherine Deveny MC with Simon Fenech, Ian Roberts, Lana Masterson

Be inspired by people who have changed their life stories through learning. The ALW21 launch is a virtual and free event. Register here.

5. Resources

The Plain English School by Lauren Carter

A recent welcome addition to the Language Literacy and Numeracy resources landscape is Lauren Carter’s Plain English School. In her own words, Lauren is “a total language and linguistics nerd who is passionate about helping others be the best versions of themselves”. Lauren’s posts include: Repetition Is A Fool’s Game, Miscommunication Is Your Problem, Slowing Down, and Plain English: What It Is And Why It’s Important

https://www.theplainenglishschool.com/?fbclid=IwAR2R6lMa1HQ78xbYUi46Tp8hWSbBO8vUl-grCWAFXbokwoHtt6PFC87rgug

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

6. Fine Print

Fine Print Vol.44(2) reached members’ and subscribers’ mailboxes early in July. Along with many other treats, you will find in its pages Manjit Bhamral’s review of Ama Omran’s podcast series What The English?

In case you don’t have the journal in front of you, here’s a link to the article so you can find out about this great series AND take inspiration from Manjit: write a review for Fine Print! It’s a great way to get experience in writing for a public audience while also contributing to your profession and to your own professional development.

Email Fine Print editor, Deryn Mansell, at fineprintvalbec@gmail.com to discuss your idea.

7. Digital Literacy

After discussing the student’s learning preference in the last issue, let’s start with low literacy level students as they are the hardest to reach out to in an online environment. One of the sites I would recommend is Liveworksheets.com for highly interactive, mostly easy to understand worksheets. Worksheets can be used as activities or assessments. They are free to use and without any copyright issues. Our EAL Initial and Course class students have successfully used them. It is easy for students to complete the work and send the worksheets to their teacher (Teacher needs to have a Liveworksheets account. Free and paid options are available). Students get instant feedback on their work. Teachers can use one of the many worksheets from collections or create their own.

8. Unions

Australian Education Union

Details

National Tertiary Education Union

Details

9. Employment Opportunities

Diamond Valley Learning Centre

Compliance Officer – Diamond Valley Learning Centre. More info

Job vacancies advertised by NHVIC

https://www.nhvic.org.au/job-opportunities


eVALBEC

eVALBEC is the monthly electronic newsletter of (VALBEC) the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council and is sent to about 1000 practitioners on the first of each month (other than January). It is also available in the ‘News’ section of our web site

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