Begin With Their Culture
This is a community of practice for educators, practitioners, community leaders, and parents who embrace culturally responsive teaching and training.
Communities of Practice
Communities of practice (CoP) are groups of people who share a common interest or passion for something they do and seek to learn how to do it better by sharing ideas and working together on an ongoing basis (Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, 2015).
This space was created to provide a community of practice for individuals who follow the work of Dwayne D. Williams. The goal of this space is to work within a community of practice to learn on a deeper level the concepts and ideas that are associated with Dwayne’s work around culturally responsive practices, including culturally responsive MTSS/RTI, culturally responsive social-emotional learning, culturally responsive trauma-informed supports, and culturally responsive school-based groups. Individuals who have attended Dwayne’s keynote talks, breakout sessions, and community events are welcome to join the community, as well as anyone who has not attended his events but desires to learn about his work.
Like Music to My Ears: A Hip-Hop Approach to Addressing Social Emotional Learning and Trauma in Schools
As part of this community practitioners and community leaders who are working from Dwayne’s culturally responsive SEL and trauma-informed curriculum, Like Music to My Ears, can share ideas, experiences, questions, and concerns as they become proficient with and better at implementing the curriculum with students within their respective schools and communities.
An RTI Guide to Improving Performance of African American Students
Members who are reading and working from the book An RTI Guide to Improving Performance of African American Students can discuss the book content, gain ideas and insights from others who are working from the book and become more proficient with problem-solving using a cultural lens.
Don’t Have Any of Dwayne’s Resources Yet? No Sweat!
It is not necessary to have any of Dwayne’s resources to become a member of this community. The goal is for all community members to share ideas and best practices with working with culturally diverse learners.
There are many benefits to members who join our community, including
The essence of communities of practice is ongoing dialogue and collaboration around a shared interest or passion. Thus, in order for all to benefit and learn within this community, it is necessary that we not only gain or “take” from others as they share, but also that we provide feedback and share narratives and experiences of our own journey of becoming culturally responsive educators.
Welcome to the community!
I look forward to becoming even more effective with working with culturally diverse learners because of you.
I am because we are!