Building a thriving Community of Learning
Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako develop and change as they move through the following stages:
- establishing: pre-approval, achievement challenges, recruitment and planning
- developing: shifting from cooperation to collaboration
- embedding: collaboration leads to collective impact
- fully functioning: collaboration is systemic, sustainable, self improving and connected beyond.
Teachers from different schools in a Community of Learning talk about their experience of working together.
Communities of Learning can use their collective resources to save money and time, and create efficiencies. The savings can be reinvested into teaching and learning, however the Community of Learning may choose.
Some ideas for sharing resources and facilities are listed below.
Funding and staffing
- Staffing entitlements could be shared to reduce the cost of employing extra staff (schools will need to fill in a staffing transfer form).
- Operational funding could be pooled across a Community of Learning for a particular purpose. (Consider recording the details in your Memorandum of Agreement.)
- Merge several within school teacher roles to create an extra across schools teacher role.
- Be flexible in how you allocate the Community of Learning teacher roles.
- Consider sharing a specialist teacher to improve educational outcomes in a particular area.
Property and shared facilities
- Start a conversation about sharing existing specialist facilities, such as laboratories, gymnasiums and swimming pools. (Sharing technology facilities requires a Memorandum of Agreement between schools and the Ministry of Education.)
- Discuss what your Community of Learning could achieve with its combined property funding eg, 5 Year Agreement (5YA) funding and resources.
- Members of our Education Infrastructure Services property team could be assigned to work with your whole Community of Learning to develop coordinated property plans and provide support with infrastructure.
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