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What are the Communities of Practice offerings for the 24-25 school year? Read below to meet one facilitator team. For more updates, visit our CoP page.

Carly Riley – Embracing Equity

Rashi Jawade – Embracing Equity

Meet your 24-25 CoP Facilitators

Rashi Jawade, Esq (she/her/hers)
Rashi Jawade is an Indian-American immigrant, who came to the US at the age of 12 and has experienced firsthand the power of education as a grassroots lever for social change. She has spent the last several years working in startup education nonprofits. Rashi started her career in education over a decade ago at Baltimore City Public Schools and has since worked with 100+ minority serving institutions (such as HBCUs and tribal colleges) to diversify the teaching workforce. As the chief strategy officer, Rashi spearheads Embracing Equity’s strategic growth and business development, working to expand our reach and impact.

Carly Riley, M.Ed (she/her/hers)
Carly Riley has served as a public charter school teacher, curriculum designer, and director of a nationally accredited teacher training program. She works alongside educators and leaders in reimagining schools as welcoming, affirming and culturally sustaining environments. Carly earned a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As senior director of learning, Carly energizes our robust virtual community with opportunities for deep engagement and ongoing community organizing and collective action.

CoP Overview

“Facilitation is the art of leading people through processes towards agreed-upon objectives in a manner that encourages participation, ownership & creativity by all those involved.” – David Sibbet, Principles of Facilitation

Facilitating for Equity transforms teachers, leaders, & education professionals into child & human rights activists. Effective DEI facilitation requires a deep theoretical knowledge of inequity & oppression, a developed self-awareness of one’s own racial & social identities, an understanding of the myriad experiences & identities participants bring, & strong communication & conflict resolution skills.

In this Facilitating for Equity community of practice, you will develop 5 competencies that distill the essence of our best facilitation practices:

  • Developing a Critical Consciousness
  • Engaging in Collaborative Co-Conspiratorship
  • Cultivating Brave Learning Spaces
  • Practicing Equitable Communication
  • Embodying Compassionate Accountability

Our facilitation model addresses antiracism head on, beginning with personal healing while evolving into a collective commitment to building an antiracist ecosystem. Grounded in liberatory education for learners of all ages, we walk hand-in-hand with facilitators to establish a reflective, action-driven foundation. These skills & practices are imperative as education leaders work to create affirming, inclusive, & equitable learning environments for all students and especially marginalized students.

Target Audience: Anyone interested in leading/facilitating conversation about equity, inclusion, belonging, and racism. This would be an especially helpful CoP for school leadership, DEI officers, directors, and people managers.

Since the October – January sessions will be much more heavily focused on learning and foundational skill building, attendance for these will be imperative. Additionally, participants in this community of practice can anticipate 2-3 hours of pre-work in a month as preparation for the virtual meetings.

Facilitsating for Equity will be meeting at the following dates and times for 24-25 School Year (all ET). Unless noted all meetings are held virtually on Zoom.

  • October 8, 2 – 3:30pm ET
  • November 6, 2 -3:30pm ET
  • December 4, 2 – 3:30pm ET
  • January 30 (in person at The Renaissance Hotel – Nashville, TN)
  • February 19, 2 – 3:30pm ET
  • March 19, 2 – 3:30pm ET
  • April 23, 2 – 3:30pm ET
  • May 21 2 – 3:30pm ET
  • May 29(CoP WRAP Party) 3 – 4:30pm ET
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