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
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.