Communities of Practice
Etienne Wenger describes communities of practice as groups of active practitioners who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. The term “community of practice” is of relatively recent coinage, even though the phenomenon it refers to is age-old. The concept has turned out to provide a useful perspective on knowing and learning. A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share common concerns, problems, or passions for a domain, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise through interaction on an ongoing basis. The common thread for these Communities of Practice will be a clear focus on creating the conditions for improving student performance at scale across every Connecticut school district.
The purpose of Leadership for Learning: Communities of Practice is to provide a way for practitioners to share best practices in district and school leadership, discuss applications of current research on evidence-based improvement strategies, discuss solutions to complex leadership issues with colleagues, and provide the support for each other necessary to provide the optimal conditions for teaching, learning and leading. The community of practice will focus on key district leadership areas and be led by an experienced facilitator whose in-depth knowledge will ensure that the content, offerings, and resources are consistent with the groups’ needs.
The common thread for Leadership for Learning Communities of Practice will be a clear focus on creating the conditions for improving student performance at scale across every Connecticut school district.