The purpose of the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System is to support knowledge and skill development by providing innovative learning opportunities to those who promote the safety and well-being of children, youth, and families.
We are dedicated to serving professionals, partners, caregivers and families by delivering learner centered, research-based, innovative, culturally responsible and exemplary learning opportunities.
The values we hold in fulfilling our purpose and carrying out our mission include:
- Innovation: We embrace innovation by providing creative and diverse learning opportunities. We leverage a variety of technologies and delivery modalities to adapt to the changing needs of our learners and communities.
- Partnership and Collaboration: We value inclusive, cross-sector partnerships and collaborations across the state. In doing so, we practice the Six principles of Partnership which include:
- Everyone desires respect;
- Everyone needs to be heard;
- Everyone has strengths;
- Judgments can wait;
- Partners share power; and
- Partnership is a process.
- Research and Evidence Informed: In conjunction with the University of Wisconsin System, we are dedicated to developing learning opportunities rooted in cutting edge research and evidence informed practices. We believe that high quality professional development builds competence and confidence among professionals and ultimately benefits the families we serve.
- Learner-Centered: We honor the voices, experiences, and learning styles of all learners. By applying adult learning methods, we facilitate opportunities that encourage collaboration, active learning, and the embracing of new knowledge and skills.
- Cultural Humility: We respect the inherent worth and dignity of individuals, cultures, norms, traditions, and lifestyles of our learners and the communities in which they serve. We provide our learners with opportunities to broaden their thinking and encourage culturally responsive interactions.