We then spend about a month promoting the ItAGs through our listserv, website and word of mouth, and have participants register online.
During this time, facilitators and NYCoRE identify donated spaces that are central for teachers throughout the city. In January, we bring all participants together at the kick-off so that we can build a larger network and community of committed people and so people can see that they are part of something bigger. About half of that session is spent talking about NYCoRE and what we do. For the rest of the evening we break down into individual ItAG groups over dinner to talk about why people signed up to join a particular topic. This discussion gives the facilitators an opportunity to gear their sessions to the needs and desires of the participants.