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 DCSC Members

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 24-25 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.

Diverse-by-Design Resources

Each CoP collaboratively develops a tool for the field of diverse-by-design education. See below for all the work our members & facilitators have created since the program’s inception.

Key Points of CoP Timeline

Pick a date to learn more

  1. 23-24 Facilitator Proposal DEADLINE

    April 28th, 2023

    This is the last day for potential facilitators for the 23-24 school year to submit their CoP proposal. The RFP is linked here!

  2. 23-24 Facilitator RFP Launches

    April 4th, 2023

    Calling all leaders (including members) who want to facilitate a Community of Practice in the 23-24 school year. Check out our RFP here!

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  3. 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.

  4. 23-24 CoP Sign-Up Form Opens

    June 1st, 2023

    DCSC Members can sign up to be a participant for next school year. Space is limited so act fast! A link to do so will be available on June 1, 2023.

  5. Facilitator Virtual Orientation for 2023-24 #1 (Time TBD)

    August 15th, 2023

  6. Facilitator Virtual Orientation for 2023-24 #2 (Time TBD)

    September 20th, 2023

  7. Participant Sign-up Deadline

    October 3rd, 2023

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

  8. CoP Year 5 Kickoff

    October 11th, 2023

    Virtual kick-off among all CoP groups

    3:00 – 4:30 p.m., EST

  9. November Virtual Group Session (Times will vary)

    November 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.

  10. December Virtual Group Session (Times will vary)

    December 7th, 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. January IN-PERSON Deep-Dive Session 1

    January 31st, 2024

    Intensive deep-dive sessions will be in person starting the day before our annual convening in Los Angeles, CA at our convening venue: The California Endowment.

  12. January IN-PERSON Deep-Dive Session 2

    February 1st, 2024

    Intensive deep-dive sessions will be in person starting the day before our annual convening in Los Angeles, CA at our convening venue: The California Endowment.

  13. February Virtual Group Session (Times will vary)

    February 8th, 2024

    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. March Virtual Group Session (Times will vary)

    March 7th, 2024

    Timing varies depending on CoP group.

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

  15. April Virtual Group Session (Times will vary)

    April 11th, 2024

    Timing varies depending on CoP group.

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

  16. CoP WRAParty 23-24

    May 21st, 2024

    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.

Past Facilitators

We are honored to work with exceptional leaders each year. Scroll below to see who has led Communities of Practice group in years past.

Program Overview

Sign ups open to members from July – Sept. 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 2023 — monthly virtual sessions
  • Winter 2024 — in-person sessions in Los Angeles, CA
  • Spring 2024 — monthly virtual sessions
  • May 2024 — 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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