MCPSA Announces Formation of Nine Communities of Practice Groups

Date Published: 
March 14, 2012
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The MCPSA is pleased to announce the formation of nine new Communities of Practice (COP) groups. The COPs are groups created around a shared job function or discussion topic, that provide an opportunity for leaders from member schools to network with their peers on an ongoing basis. These groups will be lead and facilitated by MCPSA staff and the Leaders-in-Residence listed below. COPs will meet in person three times per year, and be supported throughout the year by online tools and facilitated discussions.

For more information contact Janine Matho at .

The five COPs launching this Spring are:

  • Executive Director COP
  • Principal COP Business Manager/ CFO COP
  • College Placement Director COP
  • Special Education Director/ Coordinator COP
  • ELL Director/ Coordinator COP

The COPs launching in the Fall are:

  • Development Director COP
  • Parent Outreach Director/ Coordinator COP
  • Board Chair COP


Executive Director Community of Practice:


  • Julia Bowen, Executive Director

Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter School,

  • Paula Evans, Head of School

The Community Charter School of Cambridge,

Principal Community of Practice:


  • Nina Cullen-Hamzeh, Head of School

Marblehead Community Charter Public School,

  • Jillian Nesgos, Head of School

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School,

CFO/Business Manager Community of Practice:


  • Chris Collins, Chief Financial Officer

Academy of the Pacific Rim Public Charter School,

ELL Director Community of Practice:


  • Rebecca Westlake, Director, English as a Second Language Program

Phoenix Charter Academy,

Special Education Director Community of Practice:


  • Kathleen Horrocks, Director of Support Services

Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School,

College Placement Director Community of Practice:

  • Brooke Fincke, Director of Student Services & College Counseling

City on a Hill Charter Public School,