Communities of Practice

Connect as leaders. Grow expertise.
Bring justice to education.

Participant Ariana Melton from City Language Immersion Charter engages with her group during the in-person CoP session on anti-racist curriculum (Jan 2020)

How members describe Communities of Practice (CoP):

Video by KimberLee Webber | TalkOakland.org

“The CoP has been a rewarding, thought-provoking, and enlightening experience for me. I’m still benefiting from the knowledge and relationships built and looking forward to the next CoP.”

Danielle Dufauchard
Principal at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans

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CoP Theory of action:

  • Connect as leaders across DCSC’s intentionally integrated member schools, so that practitioners can share experiences and build relationships.
  • Grow expertise in how they iterate upon best practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion to support all students.
  • Bring justice to education through developing tools for the field that disrupt the persisting status quo of racial and social inequality in schools.

Free for Members 2022-2023

Staff from any of DCSC’s active member schools or school networks are eligible to join any group at no cost.

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Meet our 22-23 facilitators

Get to know the leaders of each Community of Practice group.
These offerings were selected by DCSC staff based on our survey of members needs, alignment to the CoP program model (Connect as Leaders, Grow Expertise, Bring justice to Education) and the mission of DCSC.

Key Points of CoP Timeline

Pick a date to learn more

  1. 22-23 Facilitator Proposal DEADLINE

    May 6th, 2022

    This is the last day for potential facilitators for the 22-23 school year to submit their CoP proposal. The RFP is linked here!

  2. 22-23 Facilitator RFP Launches

    April 5th, 2022

    Calling all leaders (including members) who want to facilitate a Community of Practice in the 22-23 school year. Check out our RFP here!

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  3. Facilitator Virtual Orientation for 2022-23 #1

    August 16th, 2022

  4. Facilitator Virtual Orientation for 2022-23 #2

    September 21st, 2022

  5. Participant Sign-up Deadline

    October 3rd, 2022

    Last chance for staff from any DCSC member school to sign up for one of our Communities of Practice!

  6. CoP Year 4 Kickoff

    October 12th, 2022

    Virtual kick-off among all CoP groups

    3:00 – 4:30 p.m., EST

  7. November Virtual Group Session

    November 10th, 2022

    Timing varies depending on CoP group.

    Facilitator guides participants in discussing on-site experiences and sharing resources related to the CoP’s content area.

  8. December Virtual Group Session

    December 8th, 2022

    Timing varies depending on CoP group.

    Facilitator guides participants in discussing on-site experiences and sharing resources related to the CoP’s content area.

  9. January Virtual Deep-Dive Sessions

    January 25th, 2023

    Intensive deep-dive sessions hosted virtually from 2pm–6pm EST/11am–3pm PST

  10. February Virtual Group Session

    February 9th, 2023

    Timing varies depending on CoP group.

    Facilitator guides participants in discussing on-site experiences and sharing resources related to the CoP’s content area.

  11. March Virtual Group Session

    March 8th, 2023

    Timing varies depending on CoP group.

    Facilitator guides participants in discussing on-site experiences and sharing resources related to the CoP’s content area.

  12. April Virtual Group Session

    April 12th, 2023

    Timing varies depending on CoP group.

    Facilitator guides participants in discussing on-site experiences and sharing resources related to the CoP’s content area.

  13. May Virtual Group Session

    May 10th, 2023

    Timing varies depending on CoP group.

    Facilitator guides participants in discussing on-site experiences and sharing resources related to the CoP’s content area.

  14. CoP WRAParty 22-23

    May 23rd, 2023

    Wielding Resources As Practitioners! CoP groups present their work for the year and share resources for the field. Presentations by 22-23 CoP facilitators and participants.

Program Overview

Sign ups open to members from July – Sept 2022. We encourage members to join with a group of colleagues to maximize impact at the school site.
Free for DCSC members, with additional 20% discount on Annual Convening registration
Commit to joining all meetings of the CoP:

  • Fall 2022 — monthly virtual sessions
  • Winter 2023 — in-person sessions in Kansas City, MO
  • Spring 2023 — monthly virtual sessions
  • May 2023 — Wielding Resources as Practitioners (WRAParty) to share final resource for the diverse-by-design sector.

Left: Facilitator Kelly Wickham Hurst of Crossroads leads participants in discussing anti-racist education (Jan 2020)

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