Before setting up your community, consider your purpose – is it to share school activity updates, provide support for student and staff well-being, share best practices and new teaching material, or something else? Your purpose will help you to decide which members to include in the community and what groups they will be in. You might create or add the following groups:
- teachers by grade or subject;
- non-teaching staff;
- people working on different projects;
- parents by class or grade;
- student classes with teachers as group admins;
- members of sports teams or other school activities.
A clear community purpose will help your admin team and members to understand why some groups are added while others are not. For example, if part of your purpose is to share school related updates, you might decide to add a group of parents of school football players, who are sharing information on equipment and training schedules. On the other hand, a group of parents connecting over a shared social interest would not be included.
The members of some groups – such as class groups – could change significantly each year. In this case, it will be easier to remove the group and add a new one in its place. Other groups, such as sports teams, study or project-based groups, may need to be added and removed more regularly. Groups such as parent associations or non-teaching staff are more likely to remain constant, with some members being added and removed from time to time. If most groups need to be removed each year, it may be simpler to deactivate the community and start a new one.