Communities of Practice

Several CoPs emerged to continue learning from the Summer Institutes.  Look out for updates from these dynamic learning groups!

  • Evergreen’s First Year Experience
  • Supporting Neurally Diverse Students
  • Evergreen Leadership
  • Team Planning:  Inquiry-Based Design
  • Leading with Racial Equity

The Learning and Teaching Commons has partnered with Student and Academic Life to pilot two additional Communities of Practice for our staff colleagues.  These CoPs described below are informed by the ACPA/NASPA Student Affairs Professional Competencies.

  • Supervisors Community of Practice will focus on the art of supervision (see page 24)
    Target Audience: Anyone who serves as a supervisor or is interested in learning more about the art of supervision
  • Personal & Ethical Foundations/Social Justice & Inclusion Community of Practice will focus on awareness and understanding of one’s values and beliefs in relation to professional codes of ethics and principles for personal wellness and understanding oppression, privilege, power and social justice. (see pages 16 & 30)
    Target Audience: Staff with student-facing responsibilities

What is a community of practice?

The term, Community of Practice was coined by Lave and Wenger (1991) to describe “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” – an approach to professional learning that affirms Evergreen’s commitment to learning communities.  Each of our professional journeys are unique – participating in communities of practice presents an opportunity to leverage the diverse knowledge and perspectives of individuals in the service professional growth.

Resources on Communities of Practice:

  1. Lave, J., & Wenger, E. (1991). Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation. Cambridge University Press.
  2. Wenger, E. C., & Wenger-Trayner, B. (2015). Communities of Practice: a brief introduction
  3. Wenger, E. C.(1998). Communities of Practice: Learning as a social SystemSystems Thinker9(5), 2–3.