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Communities of Practice Facilitator Training

Early Learning CoP Facilitator Training

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of individuals who share a common goal and passion or profession. Groups that share successes and problem-solve collaboratively are proven to be higher functioning and achieve greater impact. 

Communities of Practice bring professionals together to address an issue or passion and by working together, improving the learning experience. Our Communities of Practice (CoP) Facilitator Training develops early childhood professionals’ facilitation skills using adult learning principles. Using collaborative protocols, our experts teach effective ways of giving and receiving feedback, encouraging reflective conversations, analyzing successes, addressing challenges of practice and improving work products. After the training you will have the tools and processes to use immediately in your work. 

Contact Ken Buchanan at for more information. 

Intended Participants

Early childhood education professionals who work with teachers, leaders and administrative-level staff

Delivery and Duration

Our Communities of Practice Foundational Facilitator Training consists of 24 hours of professional development for cohorts between 15 and 25 participants. In-person training is three days long, and virtual training lasts eight weeks.

“This experience has made me a better trainer because it has provided me with an opportunity to learn tools that I can use to communicate with others. It has allowed me to learn to actively listen and use techniques that can facilitate discussions. Unlike workshops where you are given information that you may or may not use in your practice, this program gave me skills that I can use in my work with teachers, coaches, directors and peers.”

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The UF Lastinger Center offers Community of Practice Facilitator Training for early learning and K-12 professionals.

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