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Recognising outstanding VCAL teachers

We celebrate the work of dedicated teachers around the world who continue to strive every day to ensure that inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all become a reality in every corner of the globe.
— Joint message from UNESCO, International Labour Organization, UNICEF, United Nations Development Programme and Education International

This week marks World Teacher’s Day (Friday 25 October) in Australia. The day commemorates the anniversary of the 1966 ‘Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers’, which sets benchmarks for the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards. This year’s theme, ‘Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession’, recognises the importance of reaffirming the value of the teaching mission.

World Teacher’s Day also presents a perfect opportunity to nominate a teacher for a VCAL Achievement Award. The teacher category recognises those who have been outstanding in their delivery of a VCAL program.

Teachers being nominated for a VCAL Teacher Achievement Award will be assessed on commitment to the principles of the VCAL and according to the following award-specific criteria:

  • Integrated Program – evidence of a high-quality, integrated, well-managed VCAL program across two or more VCAL curriculum strands
  • Team Teaching – evidence of high-quality practice and innovation in the delivery of a program by a team of teachers to VCAL students. The teachers may be from one provider or a number of different providers
  • Program Development – evidence of high-quality practice and innovation in the development of a VCAL program
  • VCAL Teacher of the Year – evidence of VCAL activities that engage the community. Nominations must include evidence that the teacher has delivered professional development to other staff or teachers on applied learning or is participating in or has participated in further study in the area of applied learning. The nomination must also provide evidence that the nominee is teaching at least one VCAL unit.

All secondary school teachers must have Victorian Institute of Teaching registration to be eligible for a VCAL Achievement Award. Teachers at a registered training organisation who are involved in training and intend to apply for a teacher award must meet the standards specified in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. This year’s awarded teachers included:

  • Melanie Brooks of Lakeview Senior College, Caroline Springs, who led the implementation of a new structure for her school’s VCAL program
  • Kerryn Katal, an experienced VCAL teacher who guided Intermediate and Foundation students in a community based project to build a woodfired pizza oven for their school, Assumption College, Kilmore
  • Don Elliott, who developed the innovative Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) program at Holmesglen Vocational College, Moorabbin, providing an opportunity for VCAL Engineering and Electrotechnology students to design, construct and race an electric-powered vehicle.

To nominate a teacher for a VCAL Achievement Award, go to the Nominations webpage. Entries close 5pm on Friday 22 November 2019.