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.1
Venn Diagram with four circles overlapping one central circle labeled “Regional Community of Practice” ; each of surrounding four circles labeled “Domain,“ ”Continuous Improvement,” “Community Members,” and “Practice”
1 Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, Introduction to communities of practice: A brief overview of the concept and its uses http://wenger-trayner.com/introduction-to-communities-of-practice/ (accessed April 2015).

Regional Communities of Practice

To provide opportunities for California adult educators to interact regularly and to engage in collective learning, CALPRO is offering regionally based professional learning opportunities using a Community of Practice (CoP) model on a growing number of priority topics.

Available Topics and Descriptions:

To view a description of each topic, click on its title.

  • Math Instructional Strategies
  • College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)
  • CCRS 2: ELA Implementation and Application
  • Effective Teaching for Adult Educators
  • Evidence–Based Writing Instruction for ABE/ASE
  • Evidence–Based Writing Instruction for ESL
  • Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) Institute
  • Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills in the ABE/ASE Classroom
  • Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills in the ESL Classroom
  • Integrated Education and Training
  • Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection
  • Postsecondary Transitions
Blended Instruction

In these regional CoPs, participants meet face-to-face and also online to receive guidance and support in implementing new practices in their schools and agencies. Before, between and following their face-to-face training sessions, Community of Practice members access additional online resources and participate in activities designed to extend their learning and support their implementation of new practices with their learners. The online portion of the regional Community of Practice is delivered using a platform called Moodle. CALPRO provides newcomers with an orientation to Moodle and provides technical support.

Average Time Commitment

With the exception of the EBRI CoP, an institute requiring a much more substantial time commitment, all of CALPRO’s CoPs require an average total of 16-20 hours of professional learning.

Shift in Culture

Communities of Practice place a strong emphasis on supporting educators in implementing new skills. This greater emphasis on implementation may involve one or more shifts in culture. For examples of some of these shifts , see Shift in Culture.

Benefits of Participating in a CALPRO regional CoP:

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  • Opportunity to interact with other teachers or administrators and trainers online and in-person to share classroom experiences and problem solve
  • Support and help to implement training in the classroom
  • Ability to identify and serve the needs of students
  • Ways to help students improve their skills and meet their personal goals
  • Increase of professional knowledge in targeted topic
  • Access to additional resources that extend the learning beyond the CoP
  • Working together as a school team to make changes, identify challenges and solve problems
For More Information

To inquire about hosting a regional Community of Practice, applying to join one, or other details, please contact Dr. Cherise Moore at the CALPRO office.

Electronic Community of Practice (e-CoP)

CALPRO also hosts an electronic Community of Practice, where educators from across California can meet online any time to discuss a variety of topics, participate in e-CoP Webinars, access and share resources, and support each other in their professional development. The e-CoP is located on a separate Web site, http://calproecop.groupsite.com. For additional details, visit the e-CoP site or view its companion resources on CALPRO’s Web site, the Virtual Workrooms for Adult Educators.