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Community of Practice: Building a Trauma-Informed Institution

7 February 2020

In Fall 2017, faculty at Berkeley City College were awarded grants for a Focused Inquiry Group (from BCC’s Teaching and Learning Center) and a President’s Innovation Award grant to purchase the film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.  Since then, all four campuses have watched the film that launched an initiative to create a trauma-informed institution and BCC has launched an annual Summit: Solidarity in Mental Health.



  • Resilience, the Film — Anyone with a Peralta employee email address can stream this 1-hour film that tells the story of medical research into the implications of toxic stress.

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Guidelines: How to Build a CoP?

12 October 2018

While the Staff Development Office explores how to develop CoPs as a primary mode of professional development in PCCD. Tentatively, we’ve developed this template (PCCD CoP Values and Guidelines) to help groups explore how they will work together, the types of questions that guide their work, and the formats that will shape their work.

Step 1: Identify an affinity group, problem that needs to be solved, questions that need to be explored.

Step 2: Bring together a group of people who represent varying perspectives on this issue and bring people together.

Step 3: Develop guidelines, roles, and process.

Step 4: Start working

Step 5: Reflect regularly on the values and goals and make adjustments as necessary.

Here’s a link to a few of them:

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Watch Resilience, the Film

30 August 2018

Berkeley City College purchased an institutional copy of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope as a part of an initiative to build trauma-informed institutions. As of September 2018, we’ve screened the film at 3 different colleges and will continue the discussion by building a community of practice around mental health and resilience.

To view the film or to use it for classes, please see the instructions below: 

Resilience Trailer – KPJR Films from KPJR FILMS LLC on Vimeo.

Instructions for streaming the film:

1. Visit

2. Click “Register” in the top right hand corner

3. Create a login name – any e-mail address with the domain name provided will be able to register

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Communities of Practice (CoPs): A Quick Primer

21 August 2018

In Fall 2018, the District Flex Day showcased a few of the many Communities of Practice already working in Peralta, including a cross-district math group, Open Educational Resources, and early-stage groups focused on learning communities and creating trauma-informed institutions.

Articles on CoPs:

  • “Community of Practice Design Guide” — This short primer provides a framework for understanding why such groups work and why they’re important for building institutional capacity. The first, all-important stage is building relationships.
  • “Introduction to Communities of Practice: A Brief Overview of the Concept and Its Uses” — Another overview from a small consulting firm about CoPs that “engage in a practice of learning.”
  • Skyline College’s Communities of Practice — A community college across the Bay is using CoPs as one of their strategies for achieving equity and has some interesting examples, including: Social Justice and Sustainability, Service Learning, Transformative Pedagogy and Practices, and Hybrid and Online Learning.
  • If you have other resources, questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to send them to

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