To read more about the lead up to Communities of Learning in NZ:
- Investing in Educational Success - Systems change in the making;
- Connected communities: What are the implications for school leadership?;
- and The Joint Initiative - A Better Plan.
|Iain Taylor - NZPF President 2016|
Collaborative groups are also great sources of PLD for schools and many share resources which they then agree to channel into a common area for development, whether that is for teachers within schools or for leadership. It has always been a challenge for isolated or rural principals to participate in collaborative groups for PLD, because of the extra travel component.
However, it is perhaps even more important that rural principals are able to connect with each other because they are already isolated with little or no contact with other principals. [my emphasis] The Virtual Learning Network (VLN) has become very popular with isolated schools as they can collaborate at least virtually, even if not in person."