Communities of Practice

To support Clark’s commitment to student learning, staff and faculty development, the Teaching and Learning Center encourages focused Communities of Practices in which interested faculty and professional staff can learn and grow together.

This Spring, the Teaching and Learning Center, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Equity will begin a Communities of Practice focused on the textbook "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain" by Zaretta Hammond.

A Community of Practice (CoP) is an intentional gathering of people who want to learn, and apply what they learn, to their daily practice (Wenger, 2011). Each member is both a teacher and learner. Members of a CoP work towards a common goal and serve as accountability partners to each other (Holmes & Meyerhoff, 1999).

Long-Term Goals of Communities of Practice at Clark College

For Spring quarter, we invite staff and faculty to join us in in one of two Communities of Practice:

  1. Power, Priviledge & Inequity
  2. Transparency in Teaching and Learning 

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain" by Zaretta Hammond.

This Spring quarter's Community of Practice will investigate how teaching from a culturally responsive framework can support student learning and sense of belonging. 

What can I expect to do during this community of practice? 

I'm interested in participating. What should I do? 

Complete the Community of Practice Application Form by April 17. You will receive a notification of acceptance into the Community of Practice prior to the first meeting.

When and where will we meet? 

The first meeting for this community of practice will be held Friday, April 24 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm in Zoom. You will receive the meeting invitation once you are accepted. Subsequent meetings will be on the following dates:

I’m an adjunct faculty member. Can I participate? Is there compensation?

Yes and Yes! There are stipends available to participate in the PPI CoP for adjunct faculty.