Primary Education

Social and emotional learning has positive outcomes for student engagement, achievement, resilience and mental health.

ELVA is a professional learning approach for primary school teachers using the visual arts to develop student social and emotional learning skills. Based on the current evidence base of neuroscience, art therapy, trauma-informed practice and student wellbeing, ELVA develops teacher confidence in establishing and maintaining safe, supportive learning environments, gaining greater understanding of students and themselves to strengthen relationships and to develop emotionally literate students.

ELVA features

  • Fits comfortably alongside existing arts and wellbeing programs and can be delivered in a format suited to the needs and culture of individual schools
  • Develops empathy and respect by providing opportunities for students to express their own emotions, emotional responses and experiences through visual arts.
  • Creates a starting point for discussing differing views and experiences.
  • Aligns with DET Education State targets and the Australian and Victorian curriculums
  • Is suitable for Classroom teachers, Wellbeing leaders, Visual Arts teachers, and School leaders.
  • Acknowledges the support of the Department of Education Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program.
  • 2017 VicHealth Award finalist in the category of ‘Building Health Through Art’.

The ELVA program is delivered over 18 months. There are 6 full day sessions, one day per term. Attendance at all training dates is essential.

Next ELVA Program

Location: The Dax Centre
Commencing: March 2019
Registrations now open!
Registrations close December 14, 2018.

Upcoming ELVA Program

Location: Regional location to be confirmed
Commencing: July 2019
Registrations open: January 2019

For more information download the registration form, email info @daxcentre.org or call us on 03 9035 6610

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