Instructional Leadership Community of Practice

Since 2018, we’ve brought WCCUSD principals and their instructional teams together to learn research-backed best practices, support each other’s professional development, and improve teaching and learning for the students they serve.

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We’re always excited to connect with WCCUSD principals who are ready to hone their instructional vision and develop an equity-focused leadership practice.

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The Instructional Leadership Community of Practice supports principals and instructional leaders to drive academic improvement at their schools. Through regular meetings and with best-in-class coaching, school leaders and teachers develop a shared instructional vision, and work to make that vision become a reality in every classroom.

Partner schools
Total students served by participants
Low-income students at IL CoP schools

WATCH: Montalvin Manor Elementary School principal Katherine Acosta-Verprouskus shares what she gains as a member CEF’s Instructional Learning Community of Practice. 


School leaders and teacher leaders will drive academic improvement at their schools by developing a shared instructional vision and aligning school systems and priorities to that vision in order to support all students to meet the rigorous demands of the Common Core State Standards.

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Yes, there is an annual application process for the ILCoP. WCCUSD schools were invited to complete a comprehensive ILCoP application in Spring 2020. Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all 2020-21 ILCoP participants will remain in the ILCoP for the 2021-22 year. We will reopen applications in Spring 2022.

No. Participating WCCUSD schools must meet a threshold of at least 70% students receiving free or reduced lunch to qualify for the ILCoP. Priority is offered to schools in the Richmond and Kennedy family, but any WCCUSD school serving >70% low-income students can apply to participate in the program. 

No. Each participating school principal is encouraged to select a curriculum that is highly aligned to the Common Core State Standards (green-rated on EdReports.org) and that they feel best matches the learning needs of their students. CEF provides grant funding to schools in the ILCoP to cover materials from Zearn, Eureka Math, Illustrative Mathematics, and EL Education. Principals and teaching teams have secured waivers from the district and agreements with the United Teachers of Richmond to ensure mutual agreement that the curriculum meets the highest standards and can be implemented successfully as designed at each site.

We would love for you to attend an ILCoP training session and/or visit a school! Please subscribe on this page (in the yellow section above) and a representative from CEF will contact you shortly.

Thank you for your interest! Please subscribe on this page (in the yellow section above) and a representative from CEF will reach out to you shortly to discuss whether the ILCoP might be a good fit for the needs at your school.

Through the ILCoP alone, CEF has contributed more than $3.5 million in curriculum materials, professional development and coaching, and conference scholarships to WCCUSD schools.