Distance Mentoring Model
Community of Practice
Iowa Distance Mentoring Model for Early ACCESS
A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a purpose or a passion for something they do and a desire to learn how to do it better through regular interaction over time. While social and intended to be interactive, the CoP has three characteristics that distinguish it from a professional network or interest group. First, members in a CoP make a commitment to learning mutually agreed upon content and recognize each other as members with expertise to contribute. Second, members engage in joint activities and discussions, help each other, and share information. They build and value relationships that enable them to learn from each other. Third, CoP members are practitioners developing a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems. In short practitioners create a direct link between learning and performance in their everyday work world and can contribute to the development of practice beyond their local CoP if desired.
The CoP is not the website. The website simply facilitates the work the members do in the CoP. The collection of tools available on the IA DMM CoP are intended to address the most common types of interactions and co-constructed activities used by CoP members. Try them out and let us know what we need to add!
“Help! I’m stuck!“
Start a conversation in Wiggio, schedule a Hangout, or shout out on FB for quick responses.
Requests for information
“Where can I find …?"
Send a group email, post on Facebook, or look in the Dropbox.
“Do you have some examples of….? “
Check out the folders in Dropbox or Wiggio.
Discussing information or strategies
“What do you think of motivational interviewing?”
Send a poll or start a conversation from Wiggio. Bring folks together for a webconference on Google Hangout.
Documenting projects or building products
“We have talked about doing this for years. Let us write it down once and for all.”
Go to Google Docs and get started or form a small group using Wiggio and share.
“How do you Set the Stage?”
Check out the Theatre for what’s playing or upload your example to share with others.
Mapping knowledge and identifying gaps
“I used Facetime and you won’t believe what happened!”
Try the Blog in the Blog or add a resource to the Drop box.
If you would like to have online chats with other IA-DMM providers, use Zoom. It's easy to use and available free through your AEA!
What is Wiggio?
Wiggio (Working In Groups) is a web-based collaboration tool that makes working in groups easy, productive and maybe even fun. It has multiple options such as polls, emails, discussion board posts and it even sends you a notice when someone responds or starts a new conversation. It also lets you make subgroups within the group if you are looking to tackle a specific practice e.g. supporting children with G-Tubes that may not be relevant to the group as a whole.
To join the IA-DMM Wiggio page, send Kat your preferred email address and she will invite you. Then please visit http://iadmm.wiggio.com/. You will need to have your own Wiggio membership to join ours.
The IA-DMM Community of Practice offers its participants an online video library of examples of actual providers’ home visits to discuss, problem solve and reflect on to expand our knowledge and skills. The short clips offer us the opportunity to gather and give feedback to support our implementation practices. If you would like to add a video to the IA-DMM Youtube channel, please send your clip to Kat and she will upload it for you. Please remember that we need to have the FSU Parental Agreement and also the CEC-RAP on camera and photo release form for both the provider and the family signed and sent to FSU before we can upload any videos to the IA-DMM Youtube channel.
Brandon's parents discuss the benefits of using their own toys and materials for Brandon's play, rather than toys brought in by an early intervention provider.
Early ACCESS special education teacher Patty supports Madison's mom Amy to problem solve and practice strategies to help Madison activate a switch to engage with a musical toy.
Early intervention provider and psychical therapist, Michelle, uses a variety of different coaching strategies to support Ivan's family to help him practice his outcomes during tummy time. Michelle encourages Ivan's mom to reflect on Ivan's improvements and uses direct teaching and guided/caregiver practice to support caregiver-child interaction.
Early ACCESS special education teacher Anne works with Jude and his mom Jade as Jade practices strategies to support Jude's learning and development while putting on lotion.
Early intervention provider Juliann uses a variety of different caregiver coaching strategies as she joins Edison and her mom Claudia in a diaper changing routine. Juliann and Claudia first set the stage by discussing how diapering typically goes and then Juliann observes the dyad in the routine and uses problem solving and guided practice.
Early intervention provider Juliann encourages Claudia to talk about what she wants Edison to learn from books.
Sometimes a little Facebook time is all you need! And the informality can be a very appealing way to connect. Just remember a CoP is social but focused on our IA DMM practices (mostly!)
If you are interested in joining our Facebook group, please like us.
If you are interested in collaborating with fellow IA-DMM peer coaches, please come check out our Google Docs folder. Here you will be able to share and edit documents. You will need a Gmail account to access Google Docs.
The IA-DMM Community of Practice would like to have you join us in an Oprah style book club. As a group or subgroup, a book, article or website will be identified and read by an agreed upon date. Then we will schedule a Google Hangout session to get together and chat about what we learned and what we will take away from the reading. We’ll start with an article from the journal Infants and Young Children, “More Time. More Showing. More Helping. That’s How It Sticks.” Check out the Google Docs folder for a list of books and articles that we are considering for future readings… add your ideas. We will take a Wiggio poll to decide on the next reading.
Blogging is well received as a CoP activity. IA-DMM links to blogs on topics of interest to EI providers. Check these out! Make suggestions for other blogs to add in the future!
B2K: Getting To Change in Three…Ok…Four Simple Steps.
Early Intervention Strategies for Success Blog: 6 Key Ideas for Joint Planning with Parents.
Can Do Kiddo: 50 Ways to Promote Baby and Toddler Independence.
Dropbox is a cloud storage site used for sharing and storing documents and other files. In the IA-DMM DropBox, you will find documents organized into folders such as Training Materials, Handouts to Share with Parents, and folders for each region. The folders for each region are there as an easy way for your team to exchange documents, graphics and other resources quickly, especially when the file size is big due to graphics.
These folders are not individually password protected so be sure you do not store confidential documents. You will need to create a free DropBox account so that you can access IA-DMM documents and share your favorite s with the IA-DMM CoP.
Access the IA-DMM CoP Dropbox