The Coaches and Early Head Start/Home Visiting Communities of Practice will be meeting in the WHSA Office Training Room in January to continue the work that was started at the 2019 Fall Quarterly. The Coaches CoP will meet on January 28th from 10:00 – 3:30pm. Similarly, the EHS/HV CoP will be meeting on Wednesday, January 29th from 10:00 – 3:30pm. Please see below for brief descriptions of the Communities themselves as well as a summary of some of what will, at this point, be brought up during the meeting.

To register for either the Coaches or EHS/HV Communities of Practice, please email Brian at with the name and position of your registrant as well as if they have any dietary restrictions. Thank you!

Coaches CoP (January 28th 10:00-3:30pm)

Community Description: 

The Practice Based Coaching (PBC) Community of Practice (CoP) is an opportunity for coaches from around the state to come together as a coaching community to share successes and challenges in implementing the PBC model and to exchange resources and make connections with fellow peers.

Main Topics of Discussion:

  • Continued conversation around making shared goals and action plans meaningful
  • Group process using real life coaching stories.
  • Coaching data, have coaches share data systems being used with each other

Individuals will be asked to bring data systems if they are willing to share with others. 

Early Head Start/Home Visiting (January 29th 10:00-3:30pm)

Community Description: 

The EHS and home visitor CoP will be joining together to develop a stronger focus on the sharing of knowledge and best practices that the two groups have in common. The overarching goal will be to develop a shared voiced as home visitors to cultivate healthy family well-being.  Ongoing interactions between members will occur face-to-face, through formal meetings or more casual interactions and conversations between people via online through email, web forums, and video networking. This EHS Home Visitor CoP will be brought together through specific goals defined by the group during our first in-person meeting and this will inform what activities and technologies are appropriate for the group.

Main Topics of Discussion:

  • What does it mean to be an EHS home visitor?
  • Revisiting the process of Polarity Mapping to best support the competencies of home visitors
  • Examination of home visitor competencies and how they are integrated in the hiring, on-boarding, and ongoing professional development

Participants are asked to bring home visitor job descriptions to use for discussion.


January 28: Coaches Community of Practice
(10:00 am to 3:30 pm)

January 29: Early Head Start/Home Visiting Community of Practice
(10:00 am to 3:30 pm)


Wisconsin Head Start Association Training Room
5250 E. Terrace Dr. Suite 112
Madison, WI  53718


Communities of practice (CoP) are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better (Wenger, 2006). These communities are intended to provide safe and supportive spaces for participants to share resources and ideas, explore and question their understandings, solve challenges, and form common commitments for action and improvement.  


Members of either the Coaches or EHS/HV Communities of Practice are strongly encouraged to attend. If you have not previously been a member of this group, you can still attend the event, but please email Brian at for information from past meetings.

The Fall 2019 CLASS Observation Training is meant for Wisconsin Head Start Staff only.


$65 per participant
$150 for 3 participants
(Lunch, Drinks & Snacks Included on Each Day)


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