Communities of Practice (CoP)

Share expertise. Build a stronger community. Work toward equitable outcomes.

Photo: E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

Communities of Practice include 36 participants from 16 DCSC member schools and networks!

We know that DCSC members are developing the tools, best practices and habits to truly bring equity and inclusion to diverse student populations. We believe that a peer-to-peer learning model like Communities of Practice (CoP) is exactly what a coalition like ours needs to leverage the skills and expertise within for the benefit of all.

The purpose is for participants to:

  • Stretch their thinking and implementation beyond comfort zones rooted in the status quo
  • Share experiences and build relationships with leaders from other DCSC member school sites
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion by improving school leadership practices

Sign up to participate!

Check back on this FREE professional development opportunity when sign-ups open on June 9

CoP Groups in Session

  • Building the Foundation for a School Culture of Anti-Bias, Antiracist Education (Kelly Wickham Hurst, Crossroads)
  • Roots ConnectED Anti-Bias and Social Justice Institute Follow-Up Coaching (Sahba Rohani, Roots ConnectED)
  • Using advanced learning analytics and instructional coaching to close achievement gaps (Tyrone Mowatt, EdInquiry)
  • You Belong Here: Building a Welcoming & Inclusive Environment for All (Sara Cotner & Nicole Evans, Montessori For All)

Key Points of CoP Timeline

Pick a date to learn more

  1. CoP Facilitator RFP Opens

    September 12th, 2019

  2. CoP Facilitator Proposals Due

    October 3rd, 2019

  3. CoP Offerings Finalized

    October 10th, 2019

  4. CoP Participant Sign Up Opens

    October 17th, 2019

  5. CoP Participant Sign Up -- soft deadline

    November 14th, 2019

    Sign-ups remain open until program kick-off, or until all spaces are filled

  6. Kick Off Zoom Calls led by Facilitator

    December 9th, 2019

    Dates for each CoP may vary throughout early December

  7. In-person Deep-dive Session w/ Facilitator

    January 30th, 2020

    8am – 12pm, Eaton Hotel, Washington, DC

  8. Monthly Zoom Call

    February 2020

    Dates and timing vary for each participant group.

  9. Monthly Zoom Call

    March 2020

    Dates and timing vary for each participant group.

  10. Monthly Zoom Call

    April 2020

    Dates and timing vary for each participant group.

  11. Deadline for Facilitator Proposal Submission

    May 2020

    Interested in facilitating a Community of Practice during the 2020-2021 school year? Check out our RFP!

  12. Monthly Zoom Call

    May 2020

    Dates and timing vary for each participant group.

  13. Participant Sign-ups for 2020-2021

    June 9th, 2020

    Sign-ups open for all DCSC members interested in participating in a Communities of Practice group for the 2020-2021 school year.

  14. Facilitator Orientation for 2020-2021 Year

    July 9th, 2020

  15. Participant Sign-up Deadline

    October 2nd, 2020

    Last chance! Sign up to participate in a 2020-2021 Community of Practice

  16. CoP Year 2 Kick-off

    October 14th, 2020

    Virtual kick-off among all CoP groups

    3:00 – 4:30 p.m., EST

Join us for Year 2!


CoP Facilitator

Submit a proposal by May 8, 2020
July 9, 2020 — Attend virtual orientation and training session
Fall 2020 — Lead monthly virtual sessions with participants
January 2021 — Lead in-person sessions in Kansas City, MO
Spring 2021 — Lead monthly virtual sessions toward development of final product (e.g., toolkit, lessons learned, best practices)
$7000 stipend

CoP Participant

Sign ups open from June – Sept 2020
Free for DCSC members, with additional 20% refund on Annual Convening registration
Commit to joining all meetings of the CoP:

  • Fall 2020 — monthly virtual sessions
  • January 2021 — in-person sessions in Kansas City, MO
  • Spring 2021 — monthly virtual sessions
Contribute to final product

 Join the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition.

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