Community of Practice
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Educational theorist and practitioner
The Community of Practice on Youth Educational Attainment Partnerships provides a forum to support learning, share knowledge about effective practice, explore solutions, and foster innovation with the goal of improving practice and outcomes. Our goal is to work with partners to create conditions in the field that will ultimately contribute to improved youth educational attainment outcomes.
Knowledge exchange forums bring together community organizations, school boards, post-secondary institutions and researchers to build a body of knowledge on effective practice for community-based partnerships focused on educational achievement. The theory of change for this initiative is based on the hypothesis that, by creating a learning community, practitioners will adopt learning and good practices, draw upon the resources and connectivity of the network and be more effective in their own work related to youth educational attainment. The conditions we’re nurturing include:
- Knowledgeable practitioners
- Supportive learning environments
- Strengthened Community of Practice
- Stronger interventions and programs
- Stronger network of supports
What is a Community of Practice?
The creation of a Community of Practice provides a forum to support learning, share knowledge about effective practice, explore solutions and foster innovation with the goal of improving practice and outcomes. Community of Practice holds regular bimonthly learning and networking events in various parts of the city, which are hosted by community organizations. At these meetings, leaders n the field are being engaged as guest speakers. Community of Practice members have access to a members-only website (which includes an interactive map of local programs), and receive regular communication on the latest information, links to news stories, academic research, upcoming conferences, policy updates, funding opportunities and more. As it evolves, a Community of Practice becomes a network of informed, interconnected colleagues and a repository for resources and promising practices. Members have access to information and people that can help to make their work easier and more effective.
Community of Practice is located at United Way Toronto’s office.
Community of Practice on Youth Educational Attainment Partnerships
United Way Toronto
26 Wellington St E, 2nd Floor
Phone: 416-777-1444 ext. 382 or 416-777-0962