C of P Calendar

2016-2017 Dates


June 6th, 2016 - June 9th 2016
  • Launch new Community of Practice registration site within the Rocky View Schools RVSPL registration system (https://register.rockyview.ab.ca)
  • Information notice sent to schools
  •  Staff to review 2015-2016 communities for ideas and structure - (https://register.rockyview.ab.ca)
  •  Staff asked to Plan and Discuss possible communities with principal/supervisor to ensure alignment


June 9th, 2016 - August 29th 2016
  • CREATE a CofP 


August 31st, 2016 - October 2nd, 2016
  • Open Registration - users can join and change registration as many times as they want without special approval
October 3rd, 2016 - October 7th, 2016
  • Closed Registration- approval from principal/supervision and CofP development team will be required prior to changes being made
October 11th, 2016
  • CofP Day #1
April 24th, 2017
  • CofP Day #2


May 1st, 2017
  • All contributions / reflections uploaded to individual communities and shared in the "stream"
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What is a Community of Practice?

"In essence, communities of practice are groups of people who share similar goals and interests. In pursuit of these goals and interests, they employ common practices, work with the same tools and express themselves in a common language."         ~ Collaborative Visualization (CoVis) Project

Purpose and Goals of a Community of Practice

The purpose of the Community of Practice is:

  • engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain
  • enrich the learning environment for ALL students in Rocky View
  • empower ourselves as professionals to work collaboratively


The goals for each Community of Practice are:

1. build relationships that enable each member to learn,

2. develop a shared understanding of current best practice for the 21st Century Learner,

3. commit to develop and implement resources and/or strategies that meet the needs of ALL students in the 21st Century.


Professional Learning Model

Rocky View Schools has adopted this learning model to assist in moving towards a 21st Century Learning Environment.



"A community of practice is "a diverse group of people engaged in real work over a significant period of time during which they build things, solve problems, learn and invent...in short, they evolve a practice that is highly skilled and highly creative."

~  Robert Bauer, Ph.D., Director, Xerox PARC, in Customer Inspired Innovation: Creating the Future


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