Wisconsin Head Start Association
2022-23 Community of Practice:

Click Here to Register for December!

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 pool their experiences to build a repertoire of resources, 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 gathering will consist of three days over which all CoPs will hold their meetings. These event will include a Keynote with expertise and guidance about how to advance a successful CoP.


Single CoP Event Only: $90 (allows entrance of a single participant to a single CoP gathering and Keynote only)

Subscription rate: $230/single year subscription(allow a single participant to enter any CoP meeting throughout the season and admittance to all CoP speakers and special presentations)

WHSA CoP Gathering Dates:

October 17-19, 2022
December 6-8, 2022
February 1-3, 2023
April 1-13, 2023

Featured speakers will be included with each CoP gathering event!


All WHSA CoP Gathering events will be
accomplished through Zoom.

Want to sign up for multiple Communities? Please do! you are more than welcome too!

Communities of Practice meeting during the 2022-23 WHSA Training Season: Health, Mental Health, Home Visiting, ERSEA, Inclusion & Disabilities, Family Services, Education Managers & Specialists, Data Management, Transportation and Coaches. CoP registrants are encouraged to participate in as many communities as they would like!

WHSA CoP Gathering Event: December CoP Gathering

(Tentative)Event Agenda:

Tue, Dec 6
08:30 AM – 10:00 AM WHSA CoP Gathering: ERSEA
12:30 PM – 02:00 PM WHSA CoP Gathering: Mental Health
02:30 PM – 04:00 PM WHSA CoP Gathering: Health

Wed, Dec 7
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM WHSA CoP Gathering: Keynote-Abha Thakkar and Charisse Daniels-Johnson
12:30 PM – 02:00 PM WHSA CoP Gathering: Coaches
02:30 PM – 04:00 PM WHSA CoP Gathering: Education Managers & Specialists
Thu, Dec 8
08:30 AM – 10:00 AM WHSA CoP Gathering Event: Home Visiting
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM WHSA CoP Gathering: Transportation
12:30 PM – 02:00 PM WHSA CoP Gathering: Data Management
02:30 PM – 04:00 PM WHSA CoP Gathering: Family Services

Click Here to Register for December!

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

Keynote Topic: Leadership

Abha Thakkar is the owner of Mosaic LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in organizational systems development and coaching for nonprofits, collective impact initiatives, and local governments through an antiracist lens. Abha brings 20+ years of local leadership and a unique combination of skills and relationships that are critical to systems work, including grassroots leadership development, community organizing and non-extractive engagement, food systems resilience, community journalism, restorative justice, financial management, policy development, and systems analysis.
Charisse Johnson is mother/Stepmother of 7, former chair of her local Head Start Policy Council, former President of the Wisconsin Head Start Association Parent Affiliate, Former Vice President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health Board, and Former member of the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. She is currently a Family Engagement Specialist at the Northside Early Childhood Zone in Madison. She has a passion and personal and professional commitment to family engagement. Charisse understands that empowered families and parent leadership are essential to healthy children and communities.

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