Wisconsin Head Start Association Community of Practice Kickoff Event

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About this Event:

WHSA Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups comprised of individuals with similar roles with the goal of solving common problems and developing best practices. Participating individuals engage in joint activities and discussions, help each other, and contribute information. They share concern and passion for what they do and, over the course of four meetings a season, pool their experiences to build a repertoire of resources, experiences, stories and tools. Each CoP will meet a minimum of four times, with the possibility of additional sessions if the group so chooses.

Event Description: The Community of Practice Kick-off will consist of two days over which all CoPs will hold their initial meeting of the 2020-21 training season. This event will include a Keynote with expertise and guidance about how to advance a successful CoP.

Fees: Registration fees will be charged per Community membership. Both subscription (including 4+ meetings per year) and individual meeting rates will be available. The Keynote will be included for all those that register, regardless of level.

Individual rate: $80/per meeting per community
Subscription rate: $300/single year subscription including 4+ meetings. Featured speakers will be included with each CoP gathering event!

WHSA CoP Gathering Dates:

October 12-13, 2020
December 7-8, 2020
January 20-21, 2021
April 7-8, 2021

Want to sign up for multiple Communities? Additional CoP subscriptions for a single participant will come with a $50 discount! $300 for the first subscription; $250 for all those after!!! (Discounts will take effect through the office. Please choose the pay by invoice feature if you will be subscribing to multiple CoPs).

Communities of Practice meeting during the 2020-21 WHSA Training Season: Health & Wellness, Home Visiting, ERSEA, Inclusion & Disabilities, Leadership Development, Family Services, Education Managers & Specialists, and Coaches


WHSA Fall CoP Gathering Event:

Keynote (Free for all Registered CoP Participants): Globally recognized thought leaders in the field of social learning and communities of practice, Etienne & Bev Wenger-Trayner will be joining us to offer guidance about how to advance a successful CoP.

Credited with first proposing the idea of Communities of Practice in his and Jean Lave’s 1991 book Situation Learning and following-up with the CoP concept in 1998’s Communities of Practice, Etienne is credited with the Creation of Communities Communities of Practice as a usable concept and is one of the most cited authors in the social sciences.

Fall Event Agenda:
Monday, October 12:

  • 8:30-10:00 am: Home Visiting
  • 10:45-12:15 pm: Special Keynote Presentation! WHSA Presents: Etienne & Bev Wenger Trayner
  • 12:30-2:00 pm: Education Managers & Specialists
  • 3:00-4:30 pm: Family Services

Tuesday, October 13th:

  • 8:30-10:00 am: Health
  • 8:30-10:00 am: Coaches (tentative)
  • 12:30-2:00 pm: ERSEA
  • 12:30-2:00 pm: Leadership Development
  • 3:00-4:30 pm: Inclusion/Disability

Contact Brian at brians@whsaonline.org with any questions,


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