“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”
At the state level, a community of practice that I have contacted in the past is People Attentive to Children (PATCH, Hawaii). This organization is a referral agency that assists families in finding child care services, guiding parents to apply for scholarships, and offer training opportunities to early childhood practitioners in a variety of topics associated with child development. I picked this organization because they are a connecting source to reach for families in the community, recruit staff for my center, and connect my current staff with other professionals in the area.
Currently, there are no job opportunities with them. However, PATCH Hawaii offers part-time instructor positions that pay around $30-$35 per hour, and the minimum requirement is to hold a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or related field plus one year of experience teaching adults. More information can be found at http://patchhawaii.org/
Easter Seals is a nationwide organization that provides services to children and adults with disabilities. Their intervention services are focused on five areas: Live, learn, work, play, and act. I have interacted with the professionals that provide early intervention services in Kauai, and I think they use a balanced approach where families and other individuals are involved in helping the children succeed.
Easter Seals Hawaii is currently looking for an executive assistant to work in Honolulu, Hawaii. The candidate must provide administrative and project support for the CEO related to facilities, board meetings, and organizing activities. The minimum requirement is having at least two years of supervisory experience. More information can be found at http://www.easterseals.com/hawaii/
The last community of practice that I want to share this week is the one that I belong in my full-time position. The Hawaii Navy Region Child and Youth Programs offers quality care services to children from six-weeks-old to eighteen-years-old of military and civilian personnel that work on military bases. Based on my personal experience, this is a great community to learn and grow professionally. We are in big need of hiring motivated individuals that want to support the children of those that keep our country safe. A job offer is currently open for a Trainer and Curriculum Specialist. The applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or related field plus three years of experience working with children. More information at http://www.greatlifehawaii.com/job/17095
Wenger, E. (2006).Communities of practice: A brief introduction. Retrieved from http://wenger-trayner.com/introduction-to-communities-of-practice/