2024 VATE State Conference: Call for Participation

English at the intersection: Reclaiming our stories

2024 VATE State Conference

Call for Participation


VATE 2024 explores a world and culture in which we are confronted by the results of ‘prolonged stress and isolation’. Naomi Klein’s advice in the face of this is to ‘gather together, find your footing and your story’, to ‘create meaning together’. This movement towards and insistence on the importance of community is key.

Recently, a teacher in rural Victoria wrote, in an issue of Idiom focused on the sustainability of the profession, that English teachers feel they are ‘standing in quicksand, with the ground shifting under our feet, destabilising us, and drawing us deeper and deeper into the system that cannot sustain or support the individual, or the collective – never mind the students who rely on us’. For teachers living in a state of ‘constant overwhelm’ the collegial community of fellow teachers is paramount in sustaining us. This collegiality is intergenerational: we come together from many different points on our professional journey.

Nevertheless, we hope, ‘we beat on, boats against the current’ …we persist in telling our stories. Read more here.

The 2024 VATE State Conference will be delivered in-person over two days - Thursday 21 November and Friday 22 November 2024 - at Deakin University's Burwood campus. For those who are unable to attend the conference in person, our program will also include a live-streamed component that you can access from your device, no matter where you are.

VATE encourages the involvement of rural, regional and remote participants, participants from interstate, and English educators from all sectors. We encourage proposals that are innovative, timely, and represent new ways of thinking and doing. All proposed speakers should be prepared to attend should their proposal be accepted. VATE is committed to equitable and diverse representation at our Conference, and we ask that you ensure that your proposal reflects appropriate cultural, gender and ability diversity.

Important dates

  • ​​​​​​Thursday 30 May: Call for participation opens.
  • Wednesday 17 July: Call for participation closes.
  • Mid-late July: Proposals reviewed.
  • Late July: Sucessful presenters contacted.
  • Term Three: State Conference registrations open.

Before submitting a proposal

  • Familiarise yourself with the Conference theme and submission guidelines (below).
  • Prepare a 100-word proposal and details of any additional presenters (names, email addresses, and contact numbers).
  • Follow the instructions to submit your proposal.
  • You may submit more than one proposal under the same username.
  • For what to expect when preparing to present for a VATE event, you may like to view this short video. VATE will provide you with a PowerPoint template for preparing your workshop.
  • Please note: In lieu of payment for VATE member presenters, one person/presenter will receive registration to one day of the State Conference for free with any additional presenters to be charged at the discounted presenter rate. Non- VATE member presenters will be required to pay the Conference registration fee.

Workshop time and format

Workshops will be scheduled for 60 minutes. The 2024 VATE State Conference will be run as a hybrid event. Your proposal should be suitable for both online and in-person delegates. Information about how to prepare your workshop, including VATE branded materials, will be sent to you upon confirmation of your workshop.

Proposal selection

Proposals will be selected by the VATE Education Team using the following criteria:

  • Appeal.
  • The extent to which the proposal encourages audience participation.
  • Application to the Victorian Curriculum 7-10 or VCE Englishes Study Designs.
  • Originality.
  • Relevance to the theme/sub-themes.
  • Incorporation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and pedagogies.

The Education Team also seeks to balance:

  • A range of workshops for teachers at all stages of their career.
  • A range of workshops for teachers of all year levels.
  • An equal distribution of different workshop styles.

The Education Team will use its discretion to select workshops.

Presenter details

Please include the details for any additional presenter(s) including the following: name, email, school/organisation (if applicable), mobile number. Please add each additional presenter(s) on a new line.

Workshop details

Workshop preference

Please endeavour to keep your title to under 100 characters
Please endeavour to keep your workshop description to under 100 words