The District-Charter Collaborative (DCC) is designed to bring district and charter schools together to improve school practice within a particular Learning Focus Area by:
- Coordinating a series of structured school visits that highlight promising practices in the group’s focus area, complemented with thoughtfully-designed reflection and planning.
- Providing support from a dedicated facilitator who will guide the group’s inquiry process and collaborative work.
- Partnering with providers to deliver tailored professional development around Professional Learning Communities and within groups’ Learning Focus Areas.
Participating schools work together over two academic years in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) composed of four schools (including both district and charter). These PLCs work to improve educator practice and student outcomes in a particular Learning Focus Area, such as innovative math practices, restorative disciplinary practices, supporting students with disabilities, or supporting English Language Learners. PLCs engage in a series of monthly intervisitations, professional development, and planning meetings, utilizing the inquiry process to drive their collective learning.
The District-Charter Collaborative will be structured to provide schools with more intensive support from the facilitator and professional development provider in the first year of the program. A staff member from each school will serve as the point of contact for the facilitator and professional development provider in year one, and these points of contact from each school will form a PLC Coordinating Committee. The four members of the Coordinating Committee, under the guidance of the facilitator, will lead the work for the group in the second year of the program.
The deadline to apply for the 2016-17 District-Charter Collaborative is Friday, September 30. Please contact us at DCC@schools.nyc.gov for more information about the District-Charter Collaborative or the application.