Next Practice is a future-focussed approach to teaching and learning enabled by new technologies. It is characterised by engagement in relevant, authentic learning experiences which integrate the learning environment with the real world of global citizenship.
This learner-focussed methodology develops in our students the capacity to transfer their authentic skills and knowledge to the real world, equipping them with the confidence and capabilities to operate in any geographical or cultural context.
With more creativity and collaboration, and greater in-class engagement in a supportive and connected environment, CHAC students benefit from whole-brain learning, tailored to their individual needs and development.
Because Next Practice is driven by neuroscience research, next-generation ICT, and leading-edge educational research, this flexible and evolutionary methodology constantly leads contemporary practice.
CHAC's rigorous and supportive Professional Development (PD) program for staff ensures a high degree of professionalism across the College, and best practice – i.e. Next Practice – in the classrooms. The PD program at CHAC emphasises pedagogy over technology, to ensure that all staff are appropriately prepared to effectively utilise the range of digital technologies that underpin Next Practice.
2016 Focus - Escalate the momentum of our Next Practice philosophy and principles
Focus on pedagogical framework, professional learning communities, learning analytics, and future-focused ICT services and infrastructure.
- The Professional Learning Communities Program (which replaced the Peer Observation Program), led by
Director of Curriculum and Professional Practice Jenny Middleton, has seen numerous specialist teams of teachers work on targeted 21st century pedagogical practices development.
- Year 7s were introduced to an integrated Mathematics and Science program. New cross-curricular subjects will be introduced in 2017, to enhance collaborative learning, engage students in a series of innovative, and challenging learning activities. This includes the new Year 9 subject Flight, which will integrate Science and Visual Arts.
- The value-add Learning Analytics program is being further developed in order to provide highly individualised, summarised reports for students, to support teachers in identifying strengths and weaknesses, and parents in monitoring growth.
- The Directors of Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary, along with the Director of Curriculum and Professional Practice, have collaborated on planning for seamless transitioning from Prep to Year 12, for curriculum and pastoral care.