Community Co-Design to Transform Education: Integrating Student and Parent Voice
A CASDA Select P.O.P. Seminar

Kick-off - July 29

Following dates - 9/21, 11/16, 1/18, 3/15, 5/17
3-5 p.m.
Tech Valley High School


12 hours CTLE

Facilitators: Dr. Michael Piccirillo, CASDA Executive Director and Damonni Farley, Common Thread Consulting

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed existing racial, economic, and social structural inequities in communities and school districts. These inequities should be at the forefront of conversations about reimagining schools. The most effective way to address these inequities is through collective leadership genuinely engaging and empowering students, parents, and the community in decision-making processes. 


This CASDA Select Problem of Practice (P.O.P.) Seminar will draw from an extensive research base to engage participants with the Community Design Collaborative Model. The model includes three strategies: (1) Build and set the co-design table (2) Engage in co-design (3) Sustain co-design. 


Over the course of five two-hour long sessions, participants will examine their school and district policies and practices, share current successes, challenges with authentically engaging their community and develop plans for implementing co-design practices. Ideally, the seminar process seeks to convene teams of educators from districts, however, individual educators are welcome to join mixed teams. The P.O.P. process is a collaborative cycle of reviewing research, sharing current experiences, developing and applying solutions and thoughtful reflection. Participants' experiences will be captured in a final report to be shared with CASDA Member Districts throughout the region.


 Additional resources to support our work will include: 

  • NYS Board of Regents Framework on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in New York’s Schools: A Call to Action 

  • NYSED’s School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP) Inequity Review Self-Assessment

  • NYSED’s SCEP Requirements for Meaningful Stakeholder Participation 

  • NYSED’s Interviewing Students in Advance of Developing Your SCEP

  • NYSED’s Equity Self-Reflection for Identified Schools 

  • NYSED’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework

  • The Leadership for Equity Assessment & Development (LEAD) Tool