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 Fall, the TLC, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Equity, Employee Development and Information Technology, will begin Communities of Practice. 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 

Power, Privilege & Inequity: "What does it mean to be White?" by Robin DiAngelo

This Spring quarter Community of Practice is for staff and faculty who identify as white and who want to investigate what it means to be white in the context of power, privilege and inequity.

We will do the following.

We invite white-identified colleagues from across Clark College to join this CoP if they want to do the following.

  1. Develop our white racial literacy, reflecting on the role of whiteness in our everyday lives.
  2. Unpack and analyze the ways in which we have been misinformed about systemic racism and white privilege.
  3. Deepen our learning about power, privilege and inequity, with the understanding that white people are called to play a crucial role in racial justice work.
  4. Identify ways in which we can create a more racially just environment at Clark College.

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

Participants will be expected to do the following.

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

Complete the "What does it mean to be White?" registration form. 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 Monday, April 15 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm in Hannah Hall (HHL) 110. Subsequent meetings will be from 1:00pm – 2:30pm in HHL 110 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. Faculty in CTE programs are specially encouraged to apply.  

Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT)

The TiLT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) Faculty Learning Community at Clark is an opportunity for Faculty members to come together and work towards the creation of more equitable assignments. The Transparency model was originally developed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and aims to “help students understand how and why they are learning course content in particular ways”.  

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

In this Community of Practice, Faculty will explore their own assignments, make small but tested changes for improvement, and collaborate with colleagues on methods of practice and improvement techniques.

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

Email Nichola Farron, Faculty Development Specialist, stating your interest to participate. 

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

Yes and Yes! There are stipends available to participate in the TILT CoP for adjunct faculty. Faculty in CTE programs are specially encouraged to apply.