The supporting documentation section includes: FISO Planning tools, Planning your next step as a network, Self assessment tool
Networks as Communities of Practice: Achieving Excellence and Equity
This document focuses on how we will work together to embrace school-to-school collaboration, and foster the opportunity for every principal to belong to a dynamic local network and engage in a community of practice.
Networks as Communities of Practice: Achieving Excellence and Equity (PDF - 683 Kb)
Communities of Practice - Self Assessment Tool
This tool provides a set of activities that networks perform at increasing levels of maturity, as they evolve into effective communities of practice. Use the tool to inform the ongoing development of your network.
Self Assessment Tool (PDF - 108 Kb)
Communities of Practice brochure
This document will guide you through the Communities of Practice (CoP) approach.
Communities of Practice brochure (PDF - 558 Kb)
Communities of Practice videos
This video provides networks and principals with a clear understanding of the role of the Communities of Practice approach in delivering FISO initiatives through Education State. It outlines the vision of Education State, role of principals in implementing FISO, importance of collaboration within education systems, the Communities of Practice approach to networks, differing development stages of Networks and the role of SEILs in implementing the Communities of Practice approach.
View the Communities of Practice video
This video shows principals in different networks as they discuss their networks’ transition to a Community of Practice approach.
View the Networks using the Communities of Practice Approach video
Framework for Improving Student Outcomes planning tool
The Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) planning tool to help your CoP focus on the initiatives that matter to your network members.
Shared approach to school improvement
Planning your next steps as a network
To plan your network’s next steps towards implementing and embedding a CoP approach, your network needs to agree (or revisit) why you exist, how you‘ll work and what you’ll do. This will become the basis of your network's focus and plan.
These steps are founded on a shared commitment to:
A joint accountability for outcomes, with agreed metrics backed up by a system of peer review
A focus on professional learning
A strong focus on governance, so that decision-making is clear and all members can be held accountable for the actions taken and their impacts.