Reimagining the Future of Education
The industrial model of education that employed a rigid, teacher-centred and content-driven paradigm has succumbed to a porous, agile and virtual reality of the present and the future. The Ignis Project delivers modern educational spaces that accommodate this new style of learning, encouraging reflection, multi-modal learning and problem solving.
Boxed-in rooms sectioned off by brick or plaster are making way to the transparency and engagement encouraged by open, flexible learning spaces and expansive glass. And even as the physical environment opens up to new possibilities, so too does our approach.
Riverview’s Learning and Teaching Strategy is designed to promote student-centred learning with an emphasis on personal responsibility for the acquisition of content, skills and processes. Utilising a wide range of teaching methodologies, the new adaptable and flexible spaces will allow greater mobility and increased student engagement.
Gleaning from the global contemporary learning space, Riverview has begun implementing a range of innovative methods, strategies and technologies to deliver the outcomes required of the citizen of the twenty first century. Our current generation of learners need to be agile and flexible thinkers who are able to collaborate, innovate and discover new ways of thinking. The Ignis Project delivers in providing the learning spaces and resources that enable students to bring these skills together in experimentation, modelling and prototyping, equipping them to be leaders and frontrunners in their chosen fields.
Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT)
Capitalising on the latest research informing the teaching and learning process, the SELT Survey reflects the College’s commitment to improving learning outcomes. The Survey provides teachers and leaders of learning with meaningful feedback in a systematic method to ensure that students’ needs are being met in each classroom. This complements other more recent developments in Teaching and Learning, such as Project Based Learning (PBL), STEM, Instructional Rounds and teacher observation.
The introduction of new visibility software at Riverview enables the College to track measurement data and student performance, with the aim of strengthening educational outcomes for students. This cutting edge software is being used to determine key metrics as the indicators of success in the teaching and learning process, and thus advance students’ achievement in a measured, transparent and methodic way.
Professional Development Program
Teachers at Riverview are engaged in a range of external professional development conferences, courses and workshops to ensure best practice pedagogy for the new flexible learning spaces. Through the Teacher Review and Development Program, educators learn advanced skills aligned to the teaching standards; while other programs including the Aspiring Leaders Program (in conjunction with the AISNSW), support for teacher accreditations and external school visits, are all geared toward inspiring and elevating the quality of teaching at Riverview.
Collaborations with Universities
The College works in collaboration with different universities and supports pre-service teachers on short placement blocks as part of their studies. Since 2015, the College has worked with The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and The Australian Catholic University to develop year-long Teacher Education Scholarships, providing our staff with the opportunity to mentor pre-service teachers while keeping up to date on new pedagogies and practices that advance the cause of education in the future.