Communities of Practice - Guidelines

Communities of Practice - Guidelines

Community of Practice is a self-selected and self-directed group of educators who share a common concern, interest, or passion. Communities of practice collaborate regularly with a focus on improving and sharing one’s teaching and learning practices and experiences with the goal to improve student achievement.

Guidelines provide an overview of how CofPs are generated, submitted, and supported as well as how CofP members join, participate, share and reflect as part of a CofP. 



CofP 2018-2019
October 26 (pm-required), December 7 (pm-optional), March 22 (pm-required), and May 17 (pm-optional)



When generating a CofP, consider the following Guidelines for CofP Proposals:

Alignment and focus: 

  • Individual professional learning goals
  • School, division, and provincial prioritie
  • Shared concern, interest, and/or passion

Target audience:

  • Elementary or High School Staff
  • Grade(s), Role, or Subject Alike Staff
  • Any Staff interested in a common topic 


  • Sharing knowledge, expertise, experience, and resources
  • Planning and problem-solving collaboratively 
  • Analyzing data
  • Visiting and learning from others classrooms or offsite
  • Engaging in professional reading and/or viewing
  • Participating in action research and teacher inquiry
  • Meeting with experts
  • Discussing ideas
  • And, much more...


When subimitting a CofP, consider the following Guidelines for CofP Proposals:

  • Individual/team of facilitators invited to submit proposals with brief description including their name as facilitator independently or through CofP Lead using the link below. Submissions can also be forwarded to Juanita Redekopp-McKeown (
  • CofP Leads invited to submit proposals with brief description including name of facilitator on behalf of an individual/team using the link below. Submissions can be forwarded to Juanita Redekopp-McKeown (

    CLICK HERE to submit a proposal
    CLICK HERE to view proposals submitted


When joining a CofP, consider the following Guidelines for CofP Membership:

  • Open to all staff
  • Requires minimum of 4 members (CofPs with less than 4 members will be reviewed)
  • New CofP are automatically open to new members
  • Continuing CofP may be open to new members or closed to current members only
  • Extend beyond the school community and should include members from more than one school
  • Participation is yearlong with scheduled meetings in October and March with the opportunity to meet more often as determined by CofP members
  • Involvement with additional CofP, beyond those which are scheduled as outlined above, are encouraged ... learning is not limited


When participating in a CofP, consider the following Guidelines for CofP Membership:

  • Collaboratively determine the direction and goal for the CofP
  • Actively participate in alignment with the CofP direction
  • Collectively actualize plan to achieve the CofP goal
  • Contribute and generate CofP record of learning and teaching and learning artifacts (record of learning, rubrics, lesson plans, resources, pictures, videos, classroom photos, anchor charts, student work samples, etc.).


When sharing with CofP, consider the following Guidelines for CofP Sharing:

  • Collaboratively determine how record of learning and teaching and learning artifacts will be shared with CofP members

In pursuit of an open and collaborative learning environment, CofP are encouraged to consider audiences beyond their CofP with whom they might share their learning and how they might take their learning public.

Consider ways to share learning beyond the CofP:

  • Share with staff in school

    • Staff meetings
    • Collaboration meetings
  • Share with staff across Regina Public Schools

    • Google Drive and shared folders
    • INFO bulletin article
  • Share with others beyond Regina Public Schools

    • Social Media 
    • Blogging
  • And, much more...


When reflecting with and upon CofP, consider the following Guidelines for CofP Reflection:

  • Yearlong process
  • Incorporate individual and collective reflection into learning record
  • Indicate progress in relation to CofP direction and goal (actions, learnings, and application; successes and challenges; impact on professional practive and improved student achievement, next steps, etc.)
  • Address change in professional practice 








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