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What is the National Learning Collaborative?

The Learning Collaborative includes an initial 12-month online learning program that introduces the overall Framework to community participants. Communities are also assigned mentors and given access to coaches who are Baldrige experts to guide them through the development of their community profile and six accompanying categories of community performance. The Learning Collaborative is designed as a 3-year experience, enabling communities to continue building towards goals developed in the first year and to establish a sustainable culture of excellence in their community. Our intention is that communities will continue using the COE Framework for years to come, sharing best practices within and across communities, and establishing a more deliberate way of thinking and leading community-wide.

Beginning with our Kick-Off Conference on October 13th, 2020, leadership in 4 new communities will begin this learning and leadership opportunity to accelerate the results of their community’s efforts to improve the health, safety, educational attainment and economic vitality of residents.  They will be joining 18 other communities already on their community of excellence journeys.

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Please contact Communities of Excellence 2026 Director Stephanie Norling at