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  1. Let’s Talk • Host - Debi Mathias • Director QRIS NLN • dmathias@buildinitiative.org • www.buildinitiative.org • www.qrisnetwork.org

  2. Communities of practice (cop) as container for sustained collaboration and leadership support

  3. WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE AND HOW CAN IT CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF EARLY LEARNINGLEADERS AND PRACTITIONERS?

  4. Defining the concept

  5. “I have aproject and it’s not going well…” CHALLENGES AS CURRICULUM OF COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

  6. Think of a significant challenge you are currently facing in your practice… Something that is problematic or has not been as effective as you would like it to be… • What aspects of your challenge might require changes in yourmindset, assumptions, strategies, background knowledge, etc…. • How safe would you feel sharing it with others at your workplace? • How likely is it that you would receive respectful, thoughtful, experienced-based, and actionable responses to your challenge?

  7. The Evolution of the concept: a Practitioner’s perspective http://www.nsrfharmony.org/protocol/a_z.html http://www.schoolreforminitiative.org/protocols/

  8. Key Elements

  9. Important considerations… a safe place to talk about hard things

  10. What are protocols? • Agreed upon guidelines for learning conversations. • Tools for building skills and culture necessary for collaborative work. • Build trust among group members by enabling them to do substantive work together.

  11. Why use a protocol? • Safety • Equity • Question • Reflection • Perspectives • Insights • Intentional Listening

  12. “Protocol Pedagogy:” Key elements in action Children’s work Successes! Challenges! Text-based conversations

  13. What is the role of dialogue, inquiry, and reflection in a community of practice?

  14. The Consultancy Protocol: What makes it “sing?” the challenge or dilemma is important a solution is possible, but not yet known willing to change practice to resolve dilemma

  15. The Consultancy Protocol:Key questions clarifying probing framing

  16. Discussion as feedback • Focus on dilemma and framing question as “text” • Talk in 3rd person • Presenter listens and takes notes

  17. process • Presentation (5 min.) • Clarification (3 min.) • Probing (8 min.) • Focused Discussion (10 min.) • Reflection (1 min.) • Debrief (3 min.)

  18. applications • Face-to-Face • Why am I here? • Protocols as “technology” • Integrating domain, community, and practice • Online • Why am I here? • Tech glitches • Integrating domain, community, and practice CoP

  19. So what? Now what? • What strikes you about communities of practice? • Why? • What questions and/or implications does this raise for you?

  20. Conversation

  21. Join the smart start learning community • Register • QRIS NLN - Let's Talk Webinar Series • Complete Poll • View video clip • Download and read article www.smartstart.org/learn

  22. Let’s “Talk”: Supporting Each other in a COP

  23. What we’ll need… • 4-6 NLN Leaders • One will share a current challenge • The rest will provide feedback and support • What we’ll do… • Consultancy Protocol • How we’ll do it… • Teleconference • Time we’ll need… • Approximately 90 min. dmathias@buildinitiative.org

  24. Tasks for Consultancy Group • All group members download and review Consultancy Protocol. • Presenter describes a challenge in writing. • All group members prepare to experience consultancy protocol.

  25. Contacts • Sarah C. Smith • Learning Community Leader • The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. • 1100 Wake Forest Road • Raleigh, NC 27604 • (919) 821-9562 • (919) 821-8050 FAX • Email: SSmith@ncsmartstart.org • www.ncsmartstart.org • Pedro R. Bermúdez • Professional Development Support • UF Lastinger Center • Ready Schools Miami • c/o The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation • 3250 SW 3rd Ave. 6th Floor • Miami, FL 33129 • (305) 798-5655 • (305) 646-7232 FAX • Email:pbermudez@childreadiness.org • www.lastingercenter.com