Communities of Practice (CoP)

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:

Video by KimberLee Webber | TalkOakland.org

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 CoP has definitely been a rewarding, thought provoking and enlightening experience for me. I am 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

Meet our facilitators

Get to know the leaders of each Community of Practice group! We’re showcasing a series of blog posts highlighting perspectives from past and present facilitators on why they do the work, and what they’re looking forward to in their collaboration with members. Check back for posts from more facilitators throughout the summer and fall!

Resource Highlight

Each group of education practitioners collaboratively develops a tool for the field of diverse-by-design education.

We’ve highlighted one toolkit from a 2019-2020 group focused on a sense of belonging.

The purpose is for participants to:

  • 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 2021-2022

Staff from any of DCSC’s member schools or school networks are eligible to register for one of our groups before our deadline on October 1, 2021

CoP Groups for 2021–2022

  • Honor, Include, and Serve Multilingual Learners

    Kathy Jamil (LIT Consulting LLC)
    As the US multilingual population continues to increase, consider how your school could better meet the needs of these students—many of whom include newcomers escaping war or other systemic hardships that affect a child’s well-being.
    Get more details

  • Make Transformative Parental Empowerment a Reality

    Deb Hanmer (Breakthrough Leadership Consulting)
    Imagine what real power-sharing could be at your school, beyond checking a box or inviting parents as a tokenized after-thought. Co-learn with parents and strengthen your practice to make change “with” diverse stakeholder communities and not “for” them!
    Get more details

  • Creating a Brave Community: Designing DEI PD

    Jeff Heyck-Williams and Dawnyela Meredith (Two Rivers Public Charter School)
    Staff development will only go so far when you’re overly conditioned to prioritize niceness and place blame on others. Tackle school-wide inequities as you help your team build courage to advance racial equity and inclusion.
    Get more details

  • Social Justice ABDs: Agitate, Build, Disrupt, and De-center

    Aaron J. Griffen (Prosperity Educators, LLC)
    Any school can tout a mission, vision, or commitment statement. But how could equip a team of educators to intellectually question those statements? Join and develop agitation spaces, disrupt “objectivity,” and lead organizational change to prioritize equity.
    Get more details

  • Academic Equity through Accelerated Learning

    Angelica Jackson (Phoenix International School of the Artsand Winsome Waite
    Time to set aside tracking and remediation, and embrace accelerating learning instead! Research confirms it’s the best way for all students to gain critical knowledge and skills. Academic learning is every school’s bread and butter, so let’s innovate together.
    Get more details

Key Points of CoP Timeline

Pick a date to learn more

  1. Deliverable Presentation (1 of 2)

    June 1st, 2021

    We’ll hear from two of our CoP groups, Got Justice? Creating and Sustaining Equitable School Culture and Trauma-informed Practices to Support ALL Students, on their deliverables. Members will unveil their resource with a broader audience of practitioners, detailing their experiential takeaways and best practices.

  2. Deliverable Presentation (2 of 2)

    June 8th, 2021

    We’ll hear from two of our CoP groups, Disrupt Bias in Educator Talent Decisions and Roots ConnectED Anti-Bias Social Justice Institute Follow-up Coaching, on their deliverables. Members will unveil their resource with a broader audience of practitioners, detailing their experiential takeaways and best practices.

  3. Facilitator Virtual Orientation for 2021-2022

    July 15th, 2021

  4. Participant Sign-up Deadline

    October 1st, 2021

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

  5. CoP Year 3 Kickoff

    October 13th, 2021

    Virtual kick-off among all CoP groups

    3:00 – 4:30 p.m., EST

  6. November Virtual Group Session

    November 10th, 2021

    Timing varies depending on CoP group.

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

  7. December Virtual Group Session

    December 8th, 2021

    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. January In-Person Sessions

    January 27th, 2022

    Intensive deep-dive sessions in Kansas City, MO.

  9. February Virtual Group Session

    February 16th, 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.

  10. March Virtual Group Session

    March 16th, 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.

  11. April Virtual Group Session

    April 13th, 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.

  12. May Virtual Group Session

    May 18th, 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.

  13. CoP WRAP Party

    June 15th, 2022

    Wielding Resources As Practitioners! CoP groups present their work for the year and share resources for the field

Program Overview

Sign ups open to members from June – Sept 2021. We encourage members to join with a group of colleagues to maximize impact at the school site.
Free for DCSC members, with additional 20% refund on Annual Convening registration
Commit to joining all meetings of the CoP:

  • Fall 2021 — monthly virtual sessions
  • Winter 2022 — in-person sessions in Kansas City, MO
  • Spring 2022 — monthly virtual sessions
Contribute to a resource for the field that disrupts the persisting status quo of racial and social inequality in schools. This final product may take the form of a webinar, blog, toolkit, podcast, or other modality.

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

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