Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced that Communities of Learning are to get expert partners to work with them on their achievement challenges.
Academics and expert practitioners will be contracted to work alongside the communities to strengthen their data analysis and problem definition and identify the professional learning and development opportunities that will most help their teachers to accelerate student achievement.
Parata says that with information and data now available like never before it is essential that the best use is made of it to lift learning.
There are now 117 Communities of Learning up and running, involving around 1,000 schools, teaching more than 320,000 children. Of the Communities of Learning that have been established, 23 have had the achievement challenges they have identified endorsed and 15 have appointed COL leaders. In addition just over 300 teachers have been appointed to new teaching roles within Communities of Learning.
The communities, funded through the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative, receive additional funding to enable teachers and principals to share teaching and leadership expertise.
Education Review recently took an in-depth look at two communities, in Blenheim and in Auckland. Here is the article.