COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
Communities of Practice are cohorts of job-alike leaders who share a similar Problem-of-Practice and a desire to systematically address this problem through a continuous improvement framework alongside regional thought partners. Communities will meet periodically throughout the school year with the support of facilitators. School and district leaders are encouraged to participate as teams to maximize LEA capacity building.
Leaders Supporting Our Youngest Learners – A 21CSLA Community of Practice
The community of practice is designed to:
- Be a safe space to discuss issues and look for solutions together.
- We’ll share bright spots throughout the region as we all navigate this new world together.
- Community meetings will include discussion on UTK updates, credentialing, ascheduling, classroom ratios, essential funding opportunities, early childhood support for TK, P-3 alignment, and more!
Meets the first Tuesday of every month, from 9am to 10:30am
- September 6, 2022
- October 4, 2022
- November 1, 2022
- December 6, 2022
- February 7, 2023
- March 7, 2023
- April 4, 2023
- May 2, 2023
A Community for our Counselors – A 21CSLA Community of Practice
This Fall 2022 community will provide:
- A safe space to discuss issues with colleagues throughout the region
- An opportunity to discuss inclusionary practices
- Topics may include master scheduling, SEL, Restorative Justice, ...
Leading While Female - A 21CSLA Virtual Community
The Leading While Female community of practice is a combination of personal and group discussion for breaking down the barriers and taking action to confront and close the gender equity gap. It draws on the research of feminism, intersectionality, educational leadership, and Cultural Proficiency.
These sessions will help us better:
- Understand the impact of faux narratives that foster lack of confidence among girls and women;
- Utilize the Tools of Cultural Proficiency to examine barriers to overcome and support functions to locate for your career planning;
- Learn from the stories of women leaders who have confronted and overcome barriers to career development, including women who were targets of implicit bias.
This community is open to both women and men who are ready to confront the gender equity gap in educational leadership.
- Participants must be a K-12 teacher leader or administrator working in one of our Mid-State partner counties.
(Kings, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, or Tulare)
Meets the following Wednesdays, from 9am to 10:30am
- September 21
- October 5
- October 19
- November 2
- November 16
- November 30
- December 14
Improvement Science Cohort - A 21CSLA Virtual Community
In partnership with 21CSLA, Mid-State Collaborative (MSC) is excited to offer a year of community and shared learning in the area of Improvement Science (IS). No matter where you are in your improvement journey, you will gain new IS tools and resources to make them your own, all grounded in equity and social & emotional learning competencies! Participants may be coaches, educational leaders, teams or individuals. We will spotlight work across the MSC regions, from county office network improvement communities to school site projects. Come join the collaboration!
Meeting schedule, from 10am to 12pm
- September 20
- October 12
- December 1
- Februrary 16, 2023
- April 26, 2023
- June 6, 2023
Multigrade Teacher Leader - A 21CSLA Virtual Community of Practice
- Multi-grade teachers specialize in providing an integrated curriculum that is customized to meet the needs of multi-age classrooms.
- Designing lessons for three or more grade levels for simultaneous instruction requires a unique set of skills and knowledge.
- Multi-grade teachers often work in small and rural schools, where there are few colleagues with which to collaborate regularly.
- Multi-grade teachers are leaders who have a significant role in their school’s climate and culture.
- There is scarce data available that demonstrates the strengths and needs of small and rural schools.
Meets every 3rd Tuesday, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
- September 20
- October 18
- November 22
- November 16
- December 20
- January 17, 2023
- February 21, 2023
- March 21, 2023
- April 18, 2023
- May 16, 2023
Teacher Leaders in Small Districts – A 21CSLA Community of Practice
What are the purposes of schooling in a diverse and ever-changing technological nation?
How do issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and inequality impact your leadership as an equity champion?
How to take action to address educational inequities in your school community by researching a problem of practice.
Expand your networking circle and collaborate with other small school district leaders.
Meetings from 4pm to 5:30pm
- October 12
- November 11
- December 14
- January 11
- February 8
- March 8
- April 12
- May 10
Discipline #@!*# – A 21CSLA Mid-State Virtual Community of Practice
These sessions are designed to help administrators use alternative discipline methods to create positive, meaningful, and long-term behavior shifts for students.
- An updated alternative discipline toolkit with additional easy-to-use tools, templates, and processes.
- Methods for addressing traditional beliefs and pushback from stakeholders.
- Recommendations for bringing policy to practice.
- Case studies, examples, and lessons learned from educators in the field who successfully used the first edition.
Meets the following Wednesdays, from 9:30am to 11:00am
- October 11, 8:00 am – noon
- October 26
- November 29
- January 25
- February 14
- April 25
- May 16
A Leadership Book Study on Racial Equity - A 21CSLA Virtual Community
This community will create a study and engagement space for leaders reading together.
Designed for Central Office Leaders, Site-based Leaders, and Teacher Leaders within these 11 counties: Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Tulare.
Meeting dates, from 9am to 10:00am
- February 1, 2023
- February 25, 2023
- February 28, 2023
- March 22, 2023
- April 5, 2023
- April 19, 2023
Fall Wellness Symposium For School Leaders
Over the past two years, our school leaders have had to deal with an inordinate amount of stress from having to lead in dual pandemics and absorbing secondary trauma from dealing with trauma emanating from their school community. As the old saying goes, it is lonely at the top. The antidote to loneliness is “true” connection, with the two main ingredients being: 1) seeing ourselves as more limitless than our identities and/or preferences; and 2) radically honest, and healthy boundaries, communication with others.
Please join MCOE for this free in-person event, as we check in on our school leaders, by creating a space for us to come together to unwind and be kind to our minds. After all, Social and Emotional well-being is critical for the success of school administrators to lead their staff, students, and the families that they serve.
Meeting from 8am to 1:00pm
- November 5
For more information on 21CSLA sponsored Communities of Practice, contact your County Office:
Mid-State Regional Academy: Lori Hamada
Inyo COE - Ilissa Twomey
Kings COE - LaVonne Chastain
Madera CSOS - Kirk Delmas
Mariposa COE - Lydia Lower
Merced COE - Michelle Symes
Mono COE - Tammy Nguyen
Monterey COE - Dr. Roberto Nunez
San Benito COE - Keith Thorbahn
Santa Cruz COE - Debi Bodenheimer
Stanislaus COE - Christine Sisco
Tulare COE - Martin Frolli