Title: 'Supporting Professional Education through a Web-Based Community of Practice'
Track: 7-EHDI Workforce Issues
Audience: Primary Audience: Other - professionals responsible for continuing education
Secondary Audience: Early Intervention Provider
Tertiary Audeince: Part C Agency/Program
Keyword(s): professional education, internet, community networking
Learning Objectives: 1. list the challenges in providing professional education for knowledge and skill building to better serve families of children with hearing loss 2.identify the components of a web-based professional education platform 3. select elements of professional development needs in the workplace that may be assisted by web technology


The challenges of building knowledge and skills in the community of service providers who are charged with working with families of children with hearing loss are many. Updating knowledge bases and skill sets, mentoring novice professionals and reaching out to rural communities are just a few of the challenges that face program administrators on an ongoing basis. This presentation will describe how one professional education program has maintained a vibrant 'community of practice' that works to sustain participants when they return to the workplace to 'situate' their new knowledge and skills.
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Handouts: Not Available
Mary Ellen Nevins - UAMS
     Credentials: Ed.D. Director, Auditory-Based Intervention
     Other Affiliations: Consultant to Project ASPIRE at University of Chicago
      Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D., is a Professor and the Director of Auditory-Based Intervention at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Nevins is an experienced teacher of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and the former Director of PPCI, a continuing education program for speech and hearing professionals housed at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Nevins is recognized as a national expert on the educational issues facing children who are deaf or hard of hearing especially those using listening technologies to learn to listen and talk.