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October 30, 2014 | 6th Cheshvan 5775

What Happens Once a Congregation is Selected

Group picture at the Community of Practice Launch
Gathering in Chicago.

Each Community of Practice will begin and end with an in-person meeting to be attended by all the Community of Practice's lead congregational representatives. 
  • The inaugural meeting will allow participants to begin to build relationships, share learning and initiate the work on the Community of Practice topic.  Ideally we see this work as a partnership between the staff and lay leaders from each congregation.  These relationships will be essential when they share information about their congregational experiment. 

  • Monthly gatherings: The initial meeting will be followed by monthly conference call gatherings of the Community of Practice devoted to:

    • 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: Throughout the 18 months there also will be time for asynchronistic (on your own time) learning through a web platform that allows:
    • Sharing of resources and congregational experimentation
    • Open virtual dialogue
    • Highlighting of new knowledge

  • Final in-person meeting: Each community of practice will share their experiments and learning, and the knowledge they have discovered, at a final in-person gathering. More information will be made available during the community of practice engagement.

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