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Transcript - Communities of Practice and the Education State

​In the Education State, all students deserve to achieve their best possible educational outcomes. With your leadership, expertise and collaborative effort we can make this happen. We're all motivated, committed professionals working together with the newly developed Framework for Improving Student Outcomes.

Principals are key in implementing this framework by establishing or enhancing principal led communities of practice. The success of these networks requires the active involvement of all principals within the spirit of cooperation and reciprocity.

My personal ambition is to build an education system that fosters excellence and improves outcomes for every child and young person in every part of Victoria. We know that the most successful education systems support their principals, school leaders and teachers to be well connected with their peers focused on actively learning together.

If every principal is actively engaged in their network and contributing through a community of practice then our whole system benefits because all of our school leaders commit to learning through continuous feedback of evidence, practice and local knowledge about what is best for our students. Let's work together to create a system where every principal actively participates in a dynamic local community of practice with a shared sense of purpose focused on improving student learning outcomes and ambitiously striving to collectively meet our education state targets.

Networks need to be highly compelling and intrinsically valuable to be prioritised above the day to day complexities of school life.

To implement the framework for improving student outcomes, principals commit to embracing a shared moral purpose with a clear sense of direction through a community of practice approach. Quality professional learning will help to sharpen focus on improvement. This principal led networks will keep the focus on student learning, sharing data, developing active partnerships, leveraging each other’s skills and being flexible to response to the specific needs of the community.

Networks aren't new but as we know have operated in a variety of ways with varying degrees of success. If you already have a network but it's not working well explore the reasons.

What are the barriers to getting together, maintaining commitment? What will keep your team working together even when facing the complexities of school life? Use the communities of practice self-assessment tool to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements and identify the next steps to take in enhancing your current practice.

Whatever stage the network is at your senior education improvement leader and multi-disciplinary regional support teams will help you get the most value from your network. Collaborative networks of schools can help to create the next wave of big gains in education helping to lift Victorian student outcomes from 10 years of plateauing. Let's learn together in a challenging and engaging way to achieve the best possible educational outcomes for all students. Communities of practice achieving great student outcomes.