what is next practice?“In one
sense ‘next’ practice is like tomorrow: it is never here. Theterm is meant, though, to convey the notion of genuinely newapproaches rooted in practical understanding.” (Innovation Unit)“There is a lot of research focused on best practice, but I focus onnext practice. Next practice [is]: future-oriented .... aboutconnecting the dots. Next practice is disciplined imagination.” (CKPrahalad, Professor of Business Administration at the University ofMichigan)“Next practices open up new ways of working – are much more likelyto come from thoughtful, experienced, self-conﬁdent practitionerstrying to ﬁnd new and more effective solutions to intractableproblems.” (Improvement and Development Agency UK)
what is next practice?A way
forward for purposeful, disciplined interventions, whichnevertheless optimise the scope for professional creativity.The Next Practice model:• Supports practitioners and gives them the creative space and incentives they need to be innovative.• Develops interventions that both release professional imagination, whilst encouraging work that is disciplined and system relevant.• Assists schools to learn from the resultant innovation and its process characteristics so that these can be taken to scale.
what next practice looks likeThe
combination of a methodology derived from the availableevidence base, with a mobilised group of empowered practitionersmotivated by a compelling purpose, supported by a variety ofindividuals and networks to develop.
what next practice looks like
practitioners already pushing at the boundariesskilled and self-conﬁdent visionary and energetic The Right take risks Group can lead others their ideas spring from have a lively interest in the immersion in practice: not inoverall direction of education theory or in ideology
digital learning labsdeﬁning projects that
drive innovation iPad Field Trial Small groups of staff are invited Yr 8 Online Project participate in DLL groups. Based Learning Group Virtual Learning Group DLL meet regularly throughout 2011. DLL group members are supported to develop skills, pedagogy and to innovate. DLL share their work at the beginning of Term 4 staff day.
blended learning initiative students grouped
in cross-class learning teams team members support each othercore features teams participate in p2p assessment teams collaborate online and f2f once a fortnight Participation Learning Teams more than collaborating actively participating towards learning outcomes Independent Learning P2P students central to problemtime management teacher as solving / helping each other, ratherguide and mentor when online than only relying on teacher Digital Media Authentic Online web-based applications no f2f teaching real-time online communication ﬂexible work time / assessment times / who participates in learning / where learning happens
learning network initiative Learning based
on sharing, Participatory Utilise social networking & creation, interaction, Amply Youth Voicesdigital tools to amplify youth conversation, communication. Learning voices & participation.Support learning beyond classroom & school structures. Promote Virtual Core Choices & inquiry through virtual connections. Learning Features Differentiation Respond to the needs of learners: present choices in the way content is presented, created, assessed. Use social networking features to develop new learning Social 21st Century experiences & place learners at Networking Learning centre of knowledge creation & Develop digital literacy, exchange. critical thinking & 21stC skills.