SEED at CA
Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity
What Is SEED?
SEED is a peer-led professional development program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity
SEED’s unique methodology involves:
- facilitating ongoing, structured, group conversations in which all voices can be heard
- examining how our own stories relate to social systems
- learning from the lessons of our own lives as well as from texts
- turning oppression and privilege into agency and action.
What Do You Gain?
Peer-led SEED seminars put teachers at the center of their own leadership development and assist them in valuing their voices so they can, in turn, better value the voices of all children.
SEED seminars help participants reflect upon and connect their individual experiences to the wider systemic context, gaining new insights into how they can make their schools and communities more gender fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed.
CEU’s will be provided at the conclusion of the sessions.
What Makes SEED Different?
SEED seminars start with the assumption that we are each the authorities on our own experience.
SEED asks participants to look inward at how we were schooled to deal with diversity and connection, as a necessary prelude to creating school and community climates and curricula that more adequately equip young people, colleagues, community members, and others to do so.
SEED takes a systemic approach to looking at oppression and privilege, rather than seeing them only as individual choices. SEED acknowledges that diversity work is an ongoing process, not a one-time training.
SEED uses methods of intentionally structured group conversation to create environments that include input from all voices. SEED engages allies from dominant groups in listening, learning, and taking thoughtful strategic action to help break down patterns of oppression.
SEED doesn't need a crisis to address the very real power dynamics of race, class, gender, etc. that play out systemically in schools and communities to the detriment of all.
SEED seminars put in place an ongoing constructive conversation about sometimes polarizing issues, thus making communities more competent to deal with crises when they do occur.