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Networked Learning Communities

Webcast: January 30, 2008

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PhotoIntroduction
Judy Speirs, Senior Student Achievement Officer, Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat
(Length: 2 minutes)
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Photo of Steven KatzHow Do Networked Learning Communities Work?
Steven Katz, Professor, University of Toronto, OISE
(Length: 23 minutes)
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PhotoThe NOEL Network – Northern Ontario Education Leaders
(Length: 25 minutes)
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PhotoLearning Connections – Nine Ontario School Boards
(Length: 5 minutes)
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PhotoNorth West 3 Network – Toronto District School Board
(Length: 29 minutes)
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PhotoThe HDSB Network – Halton District School Board
(Length: 28 minutes)
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PhotoThe YRDSB Network – York Region District School Board
(Length: 18 minutes)
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Conclusion

Photo of Steven KatzSteven Katz, Professor, University of Toronto, OISE
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Photo of Judy SpeirsJudy Speirs, Senior Student Achievement Officer, Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat
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Networks provide educators with opportunities to interact with each other within the boundaries of their own schools and boards or far beyond those traditional boundaries. These networks take many forms, some formal, others informal, and can include members representative of one role or of a variety of roles. Networks operate on the belief that when professionals come together and share their expertise, they build new knowledge, and that new understanding leads to a change in practice that will ultimately result in improved practice and student achievement.

This webcast will feature researcher Stephen Katz, who shares insights on what makes networks effective, based on his research and experience. He suggests that six characteristics consistently emerge as being essential to effective networks:

This webcast also introduces five networks, each unique in its composition and operation. Network participants will share with you the goals, challenges, successes, and lessons learned from their network experiences.

As you watch the webcast, think about aspects of each network that might meet the needs of your learning community. The following questions are intended to stimulate professional thinking and dialogue in the service of developing a network:


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