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RISE Professional Networking and Learning Opportunities

RISE is about providing opportunities for you to grow as a DCPS teacher, assistant principal, and principal at a RISE school. Networking with one another is a critical component of empowering our people and supporting your growth as a professional. The current RISE professional networking opportunities are:

New Teacher Network

Novice and New-to-DCPS Teachers

The New Teacher Network is a series of professional learning and advising sessions on topics including: Educator Wellness, DCPS Priorities, Initiatives, and Systems; and Content-Specific Curriculum and Skills. Each Novice RISE Teacher is assigned a New Teacher Advisor to support them during the year.

Harvard Division of Continuing Education Professional Development for RISE Teacher Leaders

Teacher leaders with at least three years of experience

DCPS is partnering with the Harvard Division of Continuing Education to provide professional development to teacher leaders who are interested in building their leadership development skills, selecting one of the following courses:
- Becoming a Leader: Developing Your Style and Making Sound Decisions
- Building Organizational Cultures
- Managing Yourself and Others

RISE Exploring Leadership Cohort

Effective or Highly Effective teacher with three or more years of DCPS experience or a TLI or LEAP leader interested in moving into higher leadership positions.

Exploring Leadership will be a first step in building pipelines of teacher leaders ready to take on new challenges within their school and the District. Participants will leave the program with a strong sense of their personal leadership strengths, and a professional growth plan for the next 3-5 years. Educators most suited to this program will be those who are asking “what next?” as they think about their career at DCPS.

DCPS Affinity Groups

All RISE educators

An opportunity to reflect, process, and learn and grow in a safe space. DCPS affinity groups each have a listserv, as well as meetings.

RISE Together Early Literacy Professional Learning Community

K-2 teachers

Connect with K-2 teachers and focus on accelerating learning, supporting students with targeted, needs-based small group literacy instruction, using and analyzing assessment data.

RISE Book Study Professional Learning Community

RISE Assistant Principals

Assistant Principals interested in building leadership capacity and the capacity of others can engaging in robust conversations with teachers and staff and facilitate small group discussions using a rich text on a topic of your choice that is relevant to your school community. A stipend and the text will be provided.

English Learner Empowered Professional Development

RISE Teachers new to the classroom or new to DCPS

Learn about strategies and resources for supporting English Learners, with a particular focus on teaching reading and literacy and creating a strong co-teaching team. Participants will receive resources from Lakeshore Learning.

RISE Equity Champions

RISE Teachers interested in building capacity as a school-based, anti-racist equity leader.

A “train-the-trainer”-style learning experience for educators leading equity and anti-racist work in their schools.

RISE New Teacher Advisory Professional Learning Community

RISE Teachers new to the classroom or new to DCPS.

Monthly professional learning communities and one-on-one mentorship from a New Teacher Advisor.

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