The COPs are job-alike groups which provide high-quality opportunities for charter school leaders and staff to share best practices, engage in ongoing professional development, build strong professional networks, and serve as a forum to discuss state policy issues that affect practice. COP participants consistently tell us that COPs are a useful learning and networking opportunity that make being out of their school for the day very worthwhile.
There are currently six Communities of Practice open to charter school leaders and staff from member charter schools:
- CFO/COO Community of Practice
- College Placement Director Community of Practice
- Dean of Students Community of Practice
- ELL Director/Coordinator Community of Practice
- Principal Community of Practice
- Special Education Director/Coordinator Community of Practice
By leveraging the expertise of our school leaders, Communities of Practice enable school leaders and staff to:
- seek and provide support to and from each other on a variety of instructional and operational topics;
- identify, document, and disseminate best practices in governance, management, and teaching and learning to each other and colleagues in district schools;
- test new approaches or ideas;
- participate in shared activities that will enable them to drive state education policy as it concerns charter schools and district reforms; and
- provide input into other professional development programming that will be developed by MCPSA.
Most Communities of Practice convene in-person three times per year for all-day working sessions. The needs and interests of each group drive the content of each meeting where discussions tend to focus on practice and policy issues. In addition, there are ongoing opportunities to connect virtually with colleagues through the Charter Knowledge Center to seek advice and resources.