Supervisor Learning Circles


Supervisors play a critical role in the work that occurs within our agencies and ultimately for the children and families we serve. Learning Circles can be an effective technique for building supervisory capacity in the child welfare workforce. Learning Circles help promote the use of critical thinking skills that impact the tough decisions made by DFCS supervisors each day.

Learning Circles are best described as a process of peer-to-peer learning used to spark innovation, reinforce the use of critical thinking in supervision, and improve case work and supervisory practice. Learning Circles-a form of community practice-allow supervisors an opportunity to explore work challenges, create and implement innovative ways to meet these challenges and to engage in self reflection of their own practice.

DFCS Education and Training (ETS) has partnered with the DFCS Professional Excellence Program at Georgia State University (GSU) to develop a model that would meet the needs of Georgia DFCS supervisors. The Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver is providing consultation and technical support for the Georgia DFCS Learning Circles. Butler Institute has been an integral part of developing Learning Circle models for a variety of states.

Click on the following for more information about Georgia DFCS Social Services Learning Circles
Learning Circle Video
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Learning Circle Resources

Learning Circle Competencies
This one page document lists all required competencies of Learning Circle members and facilitators.

Learning Circle Principles
This is a list of guiding principles that apply to all Learning Circles in Georgia.

Learning Circle Goals and Objectives
This one page document lists and defines the Learning Circle Goals and Objectives.

Best and Promising Practices Resources
A comprehensive, five-page directory of websites and other resources to help members research Learning Circle topics.

Learning Circle Groups

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