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September 3, 2015 | 19th Elul 5775

How We Learn and Network

Group picture at the Community of Practice Launch
Gathering in Chicago.
  • In person gatherings allow participants to begin to build relationships, share what they have learned and become immersed in the community of practice subject. Ideally each congregation will have both a lay leader and a staff member learning together and leading the work in partnership. Lay-professional partnerships are essential when implementing the congregational experiment.
  • Virtual gatherings: Ongoing learning and sharing are essential to support the work of each congregational team:
    • Learning from: research in the field, best principles (those that are at the heart of the subject and should be considered when trying to experiment and innovate), and practitioners.
    • Assisting the congregational task force or committee in creating and implementing an appropriate community of practice experiment within the synagogue. 
    • Sharing successes and receiving assistance with challenges once the experiment is underway.

  • E-learning: Ongoing learning through a web platform that allows:
    • Sharing of resources and congregational experimentation
    • Open virtual dialogue
    • Highlighting of new knowledge
    • Posting of new resources in the field

  • Sharing about Experimentation and Learning: Each community of practice will share their experiments and learning, and the knowledge they have discovered. This may take place virtually or in person.

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