Supporting Networks and Communities of Practice

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Communities of practice (also sometimes called a “learning community”) are groups of practitioners who deepen their understanding of a common concern or question by learning together as they pursue their individual work.

At Leadership in Action at Wagner, we treat communities of practice as sources of leadership knowledge in which groups of peers can acquire skills and change their leadership practices through building social relationships.

Communities of practice take different forms, but they share three essential characteristics — participants learn in action, working with real-life questions; they learn together, generating collective wisdom as a group; and they learn continuously, building on an ongoing basis over time.

In partnership with the NYU Leadership Initiative, NYU Wagner Professors Sonia Ospina and Erica Foldy support communities of practice that are interested in teaching leadership as a collective effort both within and beyond NYU Wagner.