A Guide to Support Implementation:
Essential Conditions


Shared Responsibility

Successful implementation is possible in environments where education stakeholders are committed to sharing the responsibility for supporting implementation within a culture of learning.

What is it?

Shared responsibility is a commitment among education stakeholders – Alberta Education staff, school boards, jurisdictional and school leaders, teachers, professional learning providers, students, parents, and school councils – to develop a shared understanding of and commitment to their respective roles and responsibilities to support implementation. In some cases education stakeholders’ implementation support responsibilities might be shared, in other instances they will have distinct responsibilities.

Why is it important?

Professional learning is based on a model of continuous improvement that acknowledges career-long growth and development. It involves interactions and collaborations among educators engaged in a learning community, and is best supported by comprehensive professional growth plans that consider those conditions essential to successful implementation.

What does it look like?

Intentionally addressing the essential conditions requires that education stakeholders collaborate to:

  • Answer several guiding questions as they develop their implementation plans
  • Use a variety of implementation strategies that identify who will be responsible for what, by when and at what cost
  • Establish what evidence will be accepted that the essential conditions have been addressed