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.
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.