Communities of Practice (CoP)

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

Photo: E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

 87% of DCSC members want Communities of Practice!

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.

Our purpose is for participants to:

  • Share expertise and develop professionally
  • Deepen engagement and build a stronger community among DCSC members
  • Build tools for the field and achieve more equitable outcomes for the children we serve

Participant sign-ups ongoing through November:

  • Free to DCSC members who can honor the time commitment
  • Sign-ups remain open until program kick-off, or until all spaces are filled
  • Sessions December through June (see below for more detail)

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. 4 hour in-person training led by facilitator in Washington DC

    January 30th, 2020

  8. Monthly Zoom Call

    February 14th, 2020

  9. Monthly Zoom Call

    March 16th, 2020

  10. Monthly Zoom Call

    April 15th, 2020

  11. Monthly Zoom Call

    May 15th, 2020

  12. Close Out Zoom Call

    June 15th, 2020


CoP Facilitator

Submits proposal for CoP in September.
Kick off call in December
Leads 4 hour in person PD session in January
Leads monthly calls
Leads development of final product/lessons learned/best practice
$5000 stipend

CoP Participant

Sign up in October (CoP offerings will be finalized then)
10 to 20 DCSC members per CoP (DCSC members only in 19-20 SY)
Commit to joining all meetings of the CoP:

  • December Kick off call
  • January 4 hour in person
  • Monthly virtual calls (February – June)
  • Contribute to final product

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