The Peer Networking component of the NCWWI is derived from best and promising practices regarding learning networks, peer-to-peer networks, communities of practice and online learning communities. These peer networks are an approach to transfer of learning, information sharing and dissemination of best practices that incorporates the strengths of mutual aid and consultation networks among peers and the opportunities that new technology platforms provide to link people across the country.
Our peer networks consist of multiple cohort-specific communities of practice. We are committed to engaging participants from our Leadership Academies and Traineeships, as well as a national network of agency-university partnership participants in developing communities of practice. Each community has its own private interactive website that provides opportunities for facilitated and open discussions, information sharing and access to stored materials. In addition to web-based communications, these cohort-specific peer network communities utilize multiple additional methods for shared learning including teleconference calls, teleseminars and webinars.
Peer Network members also have access to the Child Welfare Workforce Connection, which provides opportunities for threaded discussions, resource exchanges and announcements about upcoming sharing and learning opportunities. This open platform is available to the larger national child welfare community of professionals and consumers as well.