Communities of Practice

Book Study/Meeting Format for Michigan Inspirations 2016-17

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 This year we plan to form “Communities of Practice” among our membership to further our understanding of how they work.  This model that we will follow during Michigan Inspirations meetings with our members would be examples of how Communities of Practice could be formed within our various school settings.  We hope that this will provide an engaging and meaningful experience for all of our members.

The sessions listed below are the format we will follow for the year.  The topics are not sequential and those who attend only some meetings will not feel they have missed out as far as material is concerned.  However, in order to get the full feeling of being part of the Community, you should plan to attend most or all of the Book Study sessions.

 Session 1 – October 14, 2016 Early Learning Children’s Community 601 N. Washington Square Lansing   Reflecting in Communities of Practice, Session 1 – pg. 55-59 Examining Your Values
Session 2 – November 18, 2016 at UM North Campus Children’s Center Ann Arbor  Reflecting in  Communities of Practice, Session 2 -Continue with Chapter One and preview pg. 61-64 Collaborating across Different perspectives
Session 3 – January 20, 2017 at Building Blocks Highland  Reflecting in Communities of Practice, Session 3    – pg. 65-68 Delighting in Children’s Points of View
Session 4 – March 3, 2017 at UM Flint  Reflecting in Communities of Practice, Session 4 – pg. 65-68    Considering Your Image of Children
Session 5 – April 21, 2017 at Fenton World Of Wonder  Reflecting in Communities of Practice, Session 5- pg.  73-76 Engaging Environments for Children

 Establish Groups – At the initial meeting we will break into groups – from different school locations – like we did at the Carter and Curtis Institute.  Each of the groups will have a Facilitator from the Steering Committee who were trained at the Carter and Curtis Institute this past spring.  The Facilitators will then have the primary responsibility for preparing for discussions within their Community group and communicating with their members in any way they decide with reminders, sharing ideas, and information.  In this way we can form groups that will grow and learn together over the course of the study.

Meeting Format:

  • Opening Activity
    • First Meeting: Establish Agreements
    • Second Meeting and thereafter:  Reflect on Field Study portion of the previous session together then move to the next session
  • Group Work
  • Field Study – to be done at our various school settings
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