Communities of Practice

"are groups of people who share expertise and passion about a topic and interact on an ongoing basis to further their learning ... members typically solve problems, discuss insights and share information ... develop tools and frameworks … and over time, these mutual interactions and relationships build up a shared body of knowledge and a sense of identity". (Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002)


Contact CoP: DCCOP@crpcorp.com

D.C. School Behavioral Health Community of Practice (CoP) Overview

The D.C. School Behavioral Health Community of Practice (CoP) was launched in September 2019 to support the expansion of comprehensive school behavioral health supports in all D.C. public and public charter schools. The D.C. CoP engages school professionals, community leaders, and clinicians from community based organizations (CBOs) who jointly conduct school-based activities and services that promote healthy development and wellbeing for all students and their families.

The D.C. CoP meets in-person every month and offers additional learning activities (e.g., webinars, trainings, dialogue) around topics selected by the community members (e.g., trauma-informed practices, crisis response and intervention, social and emotional learning, family engagement and more) to build new knowledge, support implementation of best practices in school behavioral health, and solve persistent problems of practice.

The D.C. CoP is supported by the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), the District of Columbia Public Schools, the District of Columbia Public Charter Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and CRP, Inc.