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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.

Antonio Pares – Brightbeam

Tiffany Reynolds – Summit Public Schools

Meet your 24-25 CoP Facilitators

Tiffany Reynolds has spent the last 15 years in education. Currently, Tiffany is the Director of Government Affairs for Summit Public Schools. Summit Public Schools operates 12 intentionally diverse schools across Washington and California  In her current capacity, she acts as a systems builder with an acumen for community, government, and advocacy conditions development. Tiffany has been with Summit Public Schools for six years as a teacher, dean, and executive director. She feels immensely proud to do the work she does— striving to build schools worthy of our kids, places of honesty, innovation, creativity, critical thinking, joy, and tireless pursuit of excellence. Before Summit, Tiffany started her career in Colorado, serving in various roles, from teacher to leadership and mathematics consultant. During this time, she supported teachers and principals in tackling the CCSS, new teacher evaluations, and data-based initiatives in four diverse school districts, serving over 150,000 students. Internationally, Tiffany supported educational and leadership development for Network Beyond in East Africa, the Middle East, and India. 

 

Antonio Parés is the founder and principal of Walnut Hill Workshop, a specialized firm at the intersection of education, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. He also serves as a senior consultant for brightbeam, leading high-visibility, high-impact projects for national clients. Before that, Antonio established the VELA Education Fund for the Walton Family Foundation and the Stand Together Trust, a first-of-its-kind fund seeding permissionless innovation in the education sector. He has also held roles at the Donnell-Kay Foundation, Office of Children’s Affairs at the City of Denver, Denver Public Schools, and in political campaigns in Texas and Colorado. Antonio started his career as a secondary social studies teacher at IDEA Public Charter Schools in south Texas through Teach For America.

Antonio has served on numerous local and national boards, including two terms as a gubernatorial appointee to Colorado’s statewide charter school authorizer, the Charter School Institute. He is a graduate of the Pahara Institute and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

CoP Overview

In the next 18 months, are you looking to activate your school’s community to secure support or influence? Join your fellow schools and national leaders as you access tools, training, and community that will strengthen your advocacy efforts. Together we will set you on a path to be action-ready and an active advocate for your school, students, and community. 

Join this CoP if your school is 

-preparing for renewal or other authorizer activities or

-engaging with public institutions or leaders or

-part of a larger coalition pursuing DCSC policy issues like open enrollment, weighted lotteries, and school-based transportation funding. 

This CoP will prepare you and support you in developing a power orientation for your community, identifying an important opportunity for advocacy, clarifying your outcomes and targets, and building and beginning to implement an advocacy action campaign. It’s time you and your community leverage your assets to influence public institutions and their decisions and resources. 

Promote the Promise: Becoming Advocacy-Ready will be meeting at the following dates and times for 23-24 School Year (all ET). Unless noted all meetings are held virtually on Zoom.

  • October 8 3pm
  • November 19  2pm
  • December 10 2pm
  • January 30 (in person at The Renaissance Hotel – Nashville, TN)
  • February 11 2pm
  • March 11 2pm
  • April 15 2pm
  • May 6 2pm
  • May 29  (CoP WRAP Party) 2pm
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