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.
rethinking institutional structures to support innovation
roles and responsibilities School leaders, Director of Studies, faculty leaders, professional learning coordinator, IT support staff and technical support staff work together to promote, guide and support the digital learning vision school-wide.Communicate and promote the school’s digital Establish, communicate and monitor learning strategy to whole school community, guidelines or expectations for along with any related expectations. embedding the digital learning School Curriculum strategy in curriculum and reporting. Leaders Manager Support staff to embed the digital PD Manager Establish, communicate and Digital Learning learning strategy, and meet related Manager monitor professional learning curriculum and professional learning expectations and provide support expectations. through PD opportunities. IT Manager Support the digital learning strategy through technical and infrastructure support.