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BOLD is a Bendigo-based, parent driven group. BOLD supports and provides information to those struggling with the demands of a literacy based world, as well as to their families.  We are focussed on community development within a rural setting. We have professional support and links with local and state organisations.

BOLD hosts mornings teas, facilitates information evenings, workshops and professional development.  We have also provided resources to the Goldfields Library.  

BOLD wants to focus on each individual’s strengths and positive qualities.  We encourage a deeper understanding about individual learning styles and encourage the teaching strategies which benefit all learners, especially those who learn differently. 

Please read the stories of Kate DeAraugo and her mother, Sue DeAraugo, which focus on the strengths rather the the challenges associated with a learning difference.

BOLD has an auspice arrangement with St Luke's Anglicare.

 

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Important Workshop for Education and Allied Health Staff

 Response to Intervention Workshop for School staff and Student Support Services Officers

This will be a fantastic practical presentation for school staff (principals, senior managers, teachers) and student support services (psychologists and speech pathologists)

The presenters are Karen Starkiss and Dr Kate Jacobs.  Karen has been to Bendigo previously and conducted several workshops for parents, teachers and allied health professionals. She is very experienced, knowledgeable and practical.  This will be the first time that Kate will join her in Bendigo. Kate is an experienced educational psychologist who continues to work with those with learning difficulties(LD) as well as lecturing on LD. 

Together they are providing a practical workshop which shouldn’t be missed. Please see the attached flyer and encourage your school to send staff to this important workshop.

 

Please click on the link to view more details and to register.

 
Survey

 VCE Special Provision

http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/exams/specialprovision/specialprovisionreview.aspx

This year Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) have been conducting a review for SLD students and those with mental health conditions. 

This review follows up a review of special provision across all areas which was conducted in 2014.  Back then, I was involved in a focus group and encouraged BOLD members to respond.

Luckily we can be involved again as there is another survey which we can provide input and comments about the special provision for SLD students.

The survey is only available from the Thursday 14th – Thursday 28th September, so don’t delay. 

In 2014, one of the recommendations to allow students the opportunity to make early applications prior to the VCE year.  If you haven’t been through this process, applications are required to be completed by early-mid March of the VCE year.  It can take some time for the result to be known.  For example, my son didn’t hear until May, which was only 3 weeks prior to sitting the General Assessment Test (GAT).  It is exciting to see that there is progress on the recommendation for early application so that it doesn’t need to occur in this busy final VCE year.

You will be asked to respond to each section of recommendations for SLD (Specific Learning Difficulty) including reading, writing and math which includes: the timing of assessments, types of assessments, supporting information, history of school interventions, potential special provisions/accommodations for VCE. This includes the use of assistive technology. 

Please click on the link above to read about the recommendations and undertake the survey before the Thursday 28th September.

 
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