Adapting a Critical Friends Consultancy to a Virtual Environment

Two women smile in a conference setting
Photo Credit: Christine Butler
Rebecca Cheung, Jennifer Robinson, Rebecca Rufo-Tepper, and Jessica Charles
March 2021 | Bank Street Graduate School of Education
Two women smile in a conference setting
Photo Credit: Christine Butler

This inquiry brief explores how a cross-institutional consultancy project examining anti-racist teacher and leader preparation adapted to a virtual environment amid COVID-19. The project was designed as a cross-institutional collaboration, allowing participants to develop a greater understanding of each institutional context, scope of work, and strengths.

The brief highlights how participants adapted the Critical Friends Consultancy Protocol and presents learnings to guide others who may wish to create a virtual consultancy model for their own networks. The brief highlights the theme of trust and how developing rapport is critical to the functioning of a healthy consultancy model.