Components of ELVA
School ParticipationELVA offers schools teacher professional learning, assistance during the implementation stage and support in engaging the whole school community.
Participating in Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) is essential for teachers implementing the ELVA approach. The teachers will gain an understanding and experience of ELVA including the core components of implementation. The training is designed to assist capacity building in teachers in both the theoretical and experiential fields.
The TPL incorporates an understanding of individual capacity; integrates experiential learning; places emphasis on the facilitator-teacher relationship, focuses on establishing a safe and supportive learning environment; and recognises the presence of the wider environment that may influences the training. Guided by these principles, the content of the TPL was developed.
The pace and delivery of the content is informed by participant feedback and facilitator reflection. This flexibility within acceptable boundaries reflects the complex relationship between the six domains. The TPL is delivered through three components: Theory, Implementation and Experiential.
|Reverie video, 2013 The Dax Centre|
TPL is currently delivered through two training models: whole school staff training or selected staff training.
Data is subject to change
The Dax Approach is a universal approach to developing emotional capacity in all students within the school. It is not designed as an intervention for a targeted group of students with identified issues. During the implementation phase it is expected that the model be delivered to the whole class during the visual arts lessons. Depending on the individual school, the model may be delivered to all classes in the school or to a selection of classes.
Trained teachers are encouraged to implement 10 ELVA sessions in the class from the units of work created using the Dax Approach. This implementation is to be encouraged after the initial four training days have been completed. (These could include units of work developed by the Dax Centre, or units of work developed by the trained teachers using the Dax Approach and after approval by The Dax Centre). The teacher may choose to spread the units out over the four terms or as a block of 10 sessions. All units of work relate to current curriculum standards, assessment and reporting protocols.
The Dax will continue supporting the school after the conclusion of the teacher professional learning phase through access to web based resources, supporting documentation, email support and through hosting the annual Dax ELVA Symposium.
There are certain considerations pertaining to schools participating in the ELVA approach. As ELVA involves both visual arts and wellbeing it is essential that schools have a culture that values the emotional world of all within the school community. It is also important that the school has additional support systems for students and teachers such as chaplains and social workers.
The Principal must be informed about and demonstrate support for the implementation of the ELVA Dax approach within their school community. The teachers involved need to be committed to the TPL and implementation of the implementation of ELVA in their school.
*Please contact the ELVA project Manager at The Dax Centre to discuss the cost for Whole School Staff Training