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C of P Calendar

2017-2018 Dates


June 5th, 2017 - June 9th 2017


June 9th, 2017 - August 30th 2017
  • CREATE a CofP 


August 31st, 2017 - September 30th, 2017
  • Open Registration - users can join and change registration as many times as they want without special approval
September 30th, 2017 - October 5th, 2017
  • Closed Registration- approval from principal/supervision and CofP development team will be required prior to changes being made
October 6th, 2017
  • CofP Day #1
April 9th, 2018
  • CofP Day #2


May 1st, 2018
  • All contributions / reflections uploaded to individual communities and shared in the "stream"
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Why Google+ Communities?

Use communities to start conversations around specific hobbies, interests, particular groups, or organizations.

As you’re creating your community, think about how people will use it and what type of content will be shared. This will help you decide whether to make your community public or private, and whether people need to request to be a member.

You can create one of four types of communities:


Who can join

Who can see members and posts

Who can find community through search

Best for...

Public - Anyone can join




Meeting people on Google+ who share your interests.

Examples: black and white photography, fanclub for your favorite sports team, current world events

Public- Moderator approval needed to join

Anyone can request to join, but moderators need to approve membership



Sharing content publicly, but limiting who can create it.

Examples: alumni from your university, your local neighborhood businesses, running club

Private- Let people find through search and request to join

Anyone can request to join, but moderators need to approve membership

Only members


Creating closed communities for specific public organizations.

Examples: a jazz band, dance troupe, parent teacher association

Private- Hide community from searches

Only invited people

Only members

Not shown in search results *

Small groups to have more private conversations.

Examples: Johnson family, Economics study group, party planning committee

*Note: The name and photo of a private community that’s hidden from search will still be visible to people who type in or directly visit the community’s web address.

If you choose not to have search engines index you community,  your community itself won't appear in Google search results. However: Your community will still remain visible to anyone with your community URL. Other pages and content (including websites, blogs, and Google products such as Picasa Web) that link to your community can still appear in search results on Google and other search engines.

Create a community


  • Click the communities icon on the left side of Google+.

  • Click the Create a new community button beside the gear icon.

  • Decide whether or not you want your community to be Public or Private and click the corresponding box.

  • Enter a name for your Community.

  • Pick a unique name that clearly communicates the purpose of your community. If you also have a Google+ page, try to avoid choosing the same name as your page so people aren’t confused which is which when searching.

  • Whether you choose Public or Private, there’s one more choice to make. See the table above to see which option is best for your community. If you want to change your community’s visibility type, you’ll have to delete the community and create a new one.

  • Click Create community.

  • Keep up with your community on the go with the Google+ mobile app


    Next steps after you’ve created a community

    Add a photo

    Your photo will be the first thing people see. Pick a photo that represents the purpose behind your community.

    Set a community photo in the "Edit Community" section under the Actions menu

    Complete the About section

    The About section is the primary place for new members to learn about your community, so use this opportunity to:


  • Describe the purpose of your community

  • Set clear expectations around posts and discussions

  • Add any additional information or relevant links


    Invite people to join

    Follow the steps and share with your circles to invite people to join:


  • While in your community, click Actions to open the drop-down

  • Select Invite people

  • A share box will open. You can write a message to include with your invitation

  • Add names, circles, or email addresses of the people you’d like to invite

  • Click Send


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