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    How to Create a Community of Professional Practice

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    TITLE: How to Create a Community of Professional Practice

     Teri Talan, Director of Policy Initiatives and Professor of Early Childhood Education, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

    Rebecca Berlin, Chief Strategy Officer, Teachstone 

    DURATION: 60 min.

    As administrators, we invest a lot in our classroom observations and professional programs. Creating a community of professional practice cultivates the desire for growth among coaches and teachers. And without that desire, progress is limited. 

    In this webinar, we’ll explore the ways that you can begin to create your own communities of professional practices by using data. You will find out how you can quickly identify where extra support is needed within your organization and learn how these communities can increase visibility to improve the quality of teaching in your centers.



    Rebecca Berlin

    Chief Strategy Officer, 


     Rebecca has her finger on the pulse of education. As CSO at Teachstone, she is setting the company‘s strategic vision while working with states and school districts nationwide to implement the CLASS system. Rebecca has worn many hats in her life. In addition to being a mom of two, she has worked in public and private schools as an early interventionist, an early childhood teacher, an early childhood special education teacher, an autism specialist, and a school administrator. She holds a PhD in Research, Policy, and Administration from the University of Virginia, where she has also worked as a teacher preparation faculty member and researcher. You can see Rebecca presenting at national and state conferences on improving teacher-child interactions and the quality of birth to five education. And if you can’t get enough of Rebecca (we certainly can’t!), you can always find her on our blog.

    Teri Talan

    Director of Policy Initiatives and Professor of Early Childhood Education, 

    McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

    Teri N. Talan is Director of Policy Initiatives for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University in Wheeling, Illinois. She promotes action by state and national policymakers on early childhood workforce and program administration issues. She holds a law degree from Northwestern University as well as an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education and an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy from National Louis University. Dr. Talan’s research interests are in the areas of early childhood leadership, workforce development, systems integration, and program quality evaluation. She is co-author of the Program Administration Scale (PAS), Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS), and the reports, Who’s Caring for the Kids? The Status of the Early Childhood Workforce in Illinois and Taking Charge of Change: A 20-Year Review of Empowering Early Childhood Administrators through Leadership Training. She is also a Teachstone Ambassador

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