What started as an idea for a Community of Practice has evolved into what we now call a Community of Action. Simply put, this Community is different.
The EALA Community of Action brings a diverse group of professionals together twice a year to solve shared challenges affecting students with disabilities or learning differences.
Each Community of Action convening centers on selected promising practices. By the end of each event (within 36 hours), participants team up and present group ideas to their peers. Convening participants select one to three proposed solutions from their peers for implementation funding through participatory grantmaking.
We’ve invited professionals from the world of education, across many different sectors: from direct service providers and school and district leaders to intermediaries and non-profit organization leaders to participate as members of our Community of Action.
We envision this community to include both people with a perspective on real-world problems, and those who have intermediary leverage to propose and implement solutions that may come out of each convening.
"The ability to work with a diverse set of thinkers and leaders on shared solutions was energizing." CoA Member
"It was great to watch teams wrestle with their challenge and develop opportunities as a result of their collaborative action."CoA Coach
"In my 18 years in education and advocacy, I have NEVER participated in a convening as impactful and with such strong results as this."CoA Member