For a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako to develop and function effectively the participants need to shift both their thinking and practice. For some, the biggest challenge is to enlarge the focus to include not only the students in their own school but also the students in all the other schools. Being part of a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako means accepting a collective responsibility for equity and excellence across all the schools in the community.
Collective responsibility positions leadership differently. Leading improvement across a range of diverse contexts can require different expertise and different ways of working. Members of a community need to be clear about the purpose of leadership roles and the responsibilities they entail. Effective leadership is vital if the joint work that goes into a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is to contribute to collective outcomes.
Equitable allocation of resources, especially time and expertise, is essential for enabling a community to function in ways that grow capability and capacity.
To contribute to and benefit from a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako, each participating organisation needs to be able to provide a robust analysis and interpretation of their outcomes data along with priorities for improvement. Openness to learning and a willingness to share information and evidence are important conditions for collaborative inquiry that leads to improved professional practice and enhanced student outcomes.