Community of Practice for Educational Leaders

Educational Leaders Community of Practice (COP)

Why A Community of Practice for Educational Leaders?

The role of the intended Community of Practice (COP) is to create an environment in which lead educators and researchers can work together and prosper. Encouraging participation and removing barriers occurs through the valuing, enriching and sharing of work, findings and solutions.

Working smarter together rather than harder alone (Timperley).

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The COP will

  • create contexts for integrating communities in and beyond the organisations involved
  • connect local pockets of expertise
  • diagnose and address recurring problems
  • work to bring everyone up to the highest standard
  • link unconnected activities and initiatives addressing a similar knowledge domain
  • give voice in decisions beyond schools
  • provide recognition of the professional identity of leaders in the NT
  • connect the personal development of school leaders to the strategy of DoE
  • support leadership development through engagement with academics and their research
  • support and mentor new leaders
  • provide a forum for sharing project findings 
  • jointly develop publications 
  • develop internal process, including a library, to manage the value the group creates

Networks are powerful

  • The best education systems in the world are highly networked
  • Collaborative networks can help to create the next wave of big gains in education
  • A formally established CoP of NT educational leaders and researchers will build on excellent existing practices with an intentional focus on the system wide Strategic Direction

An NT Educational Leaders Community of Practice (CoP)

  • To Create a compelling space for principals and school leaders to learn together, focus collectively on investing in evidence-based strategies to implement the NT Strategic Plan, to share best practice to drive improved learning outcomes for students in the NT
  • Reduce variability of performance within and between schools
  • Capture and build a coherent body of knowledge, strategies and shared resources for informing and developing solutions and addressing recurring problems

Educational Leadership Development through a Community of Practice Approach

As leaders we have the opportunity to model the types of professional practices we want to see in our schools and support beginning leaders to grow as the CoP participants:

  • nurture collaboration and collective responsibility for all learners
  • use data and evidence to select the most effective improvement strategies
  • facilitate the evaluation of the impact on student learning
  • provide professional learning to improve expertise for each other
  • reduce variability of performance within and between schools
  • develop the capabilities of upcoming leaders through support and collaborative and informed problem solving foci

School and educational leaders and researchers share a concern or a passion for their work and learn how to do better as they interact regularly. Participants:

  • join a shared domain of interest comprising members who are practitioners
  • contribute to a place where collective competence is valued 
  • have a forum where members learn from each other and together
  • develop their knowledge and solutions as they engage in joint projects an discussions 
  • support each other, share information and care about their standing with each other
  • can work through an interactive web site and face to face meetings


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Domain of KnowledgeEducational Leadership and Learning Solutions
CommunityNT educational leaders and university staff committed to networking on leadership, problem solving, generating educational research and publication.Established and beginning principals
PracticeShared practice and experiential and/or research-based solutions to the issues that face educational leaders in the NT
Coordination
  • Centre for School Leadership, Director
  • NT Principals Association, President
  • NT education leaders
  • Master of Education (International), Coordinator
Core Group
  • DoE participants of Executive Development for Educational Leaders Programs (EDEL) to be approached as core member group
  • SoE academic staff to be approached for representatives
Seminal EventSeptember 2017 – showcase of School Based Research. Establish research groups
Forums Fortnightly or monthly on Wednesdays at 5pm-6pm (project work)
Other connectivityInteractive online community, website, live online strategic meetings, face-to-face meetings and events