8Joining Communities of Practice

In 1999, the state of Pennsylvania decided to work more intentionally across agencies to address the issue of transi-tioning children with disabilities from school to work. Rather than creating a “department of transition,” the state convened a community of practice that brought together practitioners involved in transition issues from all the different agencies and departments concerned. By forming a community, these practitioners remained with their agencies, doing the work they did there, but they brought their perspectives together, collaborated across agency silos, and learned with one another. They also started to organize annual conferences to bring together practitioners from across the state who ...

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