Washington Communities of Practice

Start Early Washington’s communities of practice focus on developing collaborative learning environments for home visiting professionals.

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What is a Community of Practice and What Makes it Different From Attending Training?

Communities of practice offer a co-creative and participatory space for shared learning where building knowledge is a shared process that draws upon all participants’ combined experiences and expertise. Through discussion, shared experiences, relationship building and reflection, participants can inform their practice, tend to their own goals and help shape the sessions.

Communities of practice are structured differently from learning environments that rely on a teacher or an expert. Instead, they balance elements of learning, practice and community to ensure building relationships receive the same consideration as thinking and doing.

Our Approach

Grounded in a strengths-based approach, Start Early Washington’s Home Visiting Implementation Hub (Hub) supports new and experienced home visiting programs. The Hub believes in the power of ‘peers interacting with peers’ when it comes to those who make a difference with families through home visiting.

Start Early Washington launched Washington Communities of Practice to provide more opportunities for home visiting professionals to interact, seek mentorship, and share their experiences, challenges and successes.

Hub staff support each community of practice with facilitation and resources.

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Communities of Practice

Topic: Supporting Native Families

Are you a home visitor supporting tribal families? What do you find unique about tribal home visiting services for Native families?

Audience: This community of practice is for home visitors wanting to explore shared experiences, challenges and questions about what it’s like to provide home visiting for Native families.

Details: Bring your examples, challenges, questions and strategies to share with home visiting peers providing services to Native families and their communities. Be ready to listen and share experiences with other participants about the realities of working with Native families.

  • Specific topics will be determined by participants at the first meeting.
  • This community of practice consists of six 90-minute sessions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST, Nov. 1 through Dec. 6.
  • Registration closes when we reach 15 participants.

REGISTER HERE

Each Community of Practice is limited to 15 participants to encourage trust, meaningful interaction and space for rich dialog that results in a productive, positive group experience. Consistent attendance (at least five of the six 90-minute sessions) is required of those who register.

Topic: Supporting Native Families

Does your program support Native families? Are you interested in connecting with other home visiting supervisors who directly support tribal communities and Native families?

Audience: This community of practice is for home visiting supervisors willing to share their wisdom, experiences, resources and strategies in a peer-to-peer virtual environment.

Details: Bring your examples, challenges, questions and strategies to share with peers providing services to Native families and their communities. Be ready to listen and share experiences with other participants about the realities of working with Native families.

  • Specific topics will be determined by participants at the first meeting. Examples of topics could include balancing culture and delivery of curriculum, respectful data representation of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families or tribal communities and connections.
  • This community of practice consist of six 90-minute sessions on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST, Nov. 2 through Dec. 7.
  • Registration closes when we reach 15 participants.

Register Here

Each Community of Practice is limited to 15 participants to encourage trust, meaningful interaction, and space for rich dialog that results in a productive, positive group experience. Consistent attendance (at least five of the six 90-minute sessions) is required of those who register.

Home Visiting Supervisors

Session Details: TBD 

Check back for details on opportunities to join upcoming communities of practice.