Report confirms growing momentum of Communities of Learning

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako are making a strong start towards implementation across the country, with uptake and endorsement of achievement challenges accelerating in 2016.

The December 2016 report Uptake and early implementation: Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, draws on research carried out by the Ministry of Education and other education agencies. Sources include a survey of 190 principals and 600 teachers, board chairs, community leaders and representatives involved in establishing the first 34 communities with endorsed achievement challenges.

The report notes Kāhui Ako surveyed show “high levels of shared purpose and commitment”, and are “confident about their capacity to use student data to identify their achievement challenges.” Overall, the report confirms that “strong foundations for collective impact and productive collaboration” are in place in our communities, and that,  ‘there are many positive indications that communities...are making a strong start in their implementation journey.”

Since the report was written, Kāhui Ako numbers, and the number of professionals supporting and sharing effective teaching practice, have continued to grow rapidly.

As at April 2017 there are now 197 communities covering 551,000 children and young people and 1630 schools. In addition, over 1,100 teachers and principals are in the new roles and the number of early learning services involved, at 184, has doubled since the report was published.

Map of New Zealand showing locations of Communities of Learning



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