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.