Web version ACAL

August 2016

In this issue

1. From the President

2. ACAL Committee election

3. Adult literacy on SBS

3. Professional development

4. Reports

5. Dazzling Delightful Darwin

1. From the President

Welcome to ACAL's August 2016 newsletter.

News about ACAL's AGM will be released soon so please begin to consider your involvement and ACAL's position profiles.

Recently ACAL has been writing to relevant key stakeholders about strengthening adult literacy and numeracy provision across community, educational, vocational training and workplaces and building the capacity of the education and training workforces. ACAL has suggested the following ways to strengthen adult literacy and numeracy provision in Australia:

The Adult Literacy and Numeracy workforce is distinct in their skills and needs so there is a particular need for professional development for Adult Literacy and Numeracy teachers in regional and remote areas where there are limited opportunities to continue to build their practical skills.

Please let me know if have any feedback, questions, suggestions or issues that you would like ACAL to consider addressing by emailing info@acal.edu.au.

Jenni Anderson
ACAL President

2. ACAL Committee election

Position profiles

ACAL orgnaisational chartThe ACAL AGM will be held later in the year and the Executive positions (President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer) become vacant and elections will be held to fill these positions. The position profiles are provided to assist members understand and undertake roles on ACAL committee.

State/Territory representatives are nominated to the ACAL committee by the local state or territory organisation.

More about Committee roles and position profiles

3. Adult literacy on SBS

Insight will be airing Reading Between the Lines: why do so many Australians have poor literacy? on Tuesday 23rd August at 8:30pm (AEST) on SBS ONE, if you would like to tune in.

You can also stream it live here: http://www.sbs.com.au/insight/article/index/id/557614/h/Live-Stream (this link will become active at the time of the show).

SBS would love you to share it with your networks and also jump on Twitter and take part in the discussion there, using the hashtag #InsightSBS

ACAL provided some input to SBS.

4. Professional development

Integrating digital literacy: upgrade, upskill, upload

SACAL 2016 Annual Conference Friday, 19 August

State Library of South Australia


Tackling foundation skills in the workplace webinar

AWPN webinar Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM AEST (Check your time zone).

Tackling foundation skills in the workplace webinar - a fireside chat with Michael Taylor, Oenone Serle, Jodie Hummerston and Tony Lane

Fee: $50 plus GST.
Fee includes live participation plus access to audio and video recordings of the webinar.


Research, Policy & Teaching Practice: building connections

December 8 and 9, 2016

The Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG) in partnership with the School of Education, University of Technology Sydney and Sydney TAFE is holding the 2016 National Conference - the theme for this year is Research, Policy & Teaching Practice: building connections.

The program is an important forum for VET practitioners, teacher educators, researchers and policy makers to share knowledge and to work collaboratively in the VET sector.

The first part of the conference December 8, 2-5pm at the Sydney TAFE campus.

The second part will be held at the University of Sydney Technology on the December 9, 9am-4pm.


Building LLN assessment into VET Training (webinar)

August 30, 2016

'Best practice' training methodologies encourage assessment throughout all stages of participant engagement - we assess needs before or at the start of training; we assess progress throughout training; and we assess achievement of outcomes at the conclusion of training. In this webinar we'll cover insights and strategies to help you incorporate a LLN focus into your current diagnostic, formative and summative assessment practices.


5. Reports

Bigger or smaller, more or less

Teachers poised to lose their jobs at Cessnock jail have called for the government to build a specialised learning facility on the site as part of its controversial 1000-bed expansion proposal.

NSW Teachers Federation representative Michael Falcioni said it made no sense for the government to proceed with plans to slash the 9.5 full-time teacher positions at Cessnock to four clerical roles, and introduce less-experienced trainers, as it prepared for an influx of inmates.

'If you're going to expand the centre you'll want to expand the education program,' Mr Falcioni said. 

'Otherwise you're not going to give the inmates the opportunity to change their lives.'


Skills in New Zealand and around the world: survey of adult skills

This Ministry of Education (New Zealand) report looks at how the literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills of New Zealand adults compare to other countries and how they have changed over time.


VET provider market structures: history, growth and change

This National Centre for Vocational Education Research report considers the past and present structure of the Australian vocational education and training market and prompts important and fundamental questions about the current structure of the market and whether it is best placed to deliver the desired skills and knowledge that students and the Australian economy require.


Indigenous Employment After the Boom

By Matthew Gray and Boyd Hunter

Analysis of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Social Survey data on Indigenous labour force status highlights the impact that the recent economic slowdown on Indigenous employment trends. At an aggregate level, the trends in Indigenous employment mirror those of the Australian population as a whole. It is clear that aggregate demand is the key driver of changes in Indigenous employment, rather than individuals' desire to work.

Improving Indigenous employment outcomes requires that jobs are created and that policies support Indigenous people to acquire suitable skills so that they can work in those jobs. This latter challenge may be particularly pronounced in remote areas, where many Indigenous residents may not be able to comply with the 'activity requirements' for labour market programs.


6. Dazzling Delightful Darwin

September 2017