Purpose and focus

High performing Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako are characterised by their clear purpose and focus. The starting point for this clarity is effective internal evaluation at both the individual member and community levels. Analysis of student achievement data and investigation of practice leads to the identification of issues that provide a basis for shared purpose and direction.

… a common goal has to be at the same time inspiring and measurable … goals without a link to outcomes are meaningless. There must be a shared commitment to ‘know thy impact’.18

Ongoing use of transparent, timely data and information on student and institutional performance enhances collaboration by enabling participants to evaluate progress and the effectiveness of the actions they have taken. Impact that can be clearly demonstrated through measurement builds collective efficacy and ownership and promotes further improvement efforts.

 

Examples of effective practice

> The community has a small number of high-leverage, ambitious and measurable learning goals for students, teachers and leaders that are clearly articulated and understood.

> The community has a shared focus on enabling positive educational pathways for students.

 

18        Rincon-Gallardo, S., & Fullan, M. (2015). The social physics of educational change: Essential features of collaboration. Draft for comment prepared for the Ministry of  Education.