Creating conversational communities that drive change

About New Leaders Week

*Applications for SEED New Leaders Week 2021 are now closed. 

SEED New Leaders Week is currently a virtual, online workshop at which up to 50 educators, parents, community leaders, and professionals from different fields are immersed in multicultural SEED materials and methods. This year we will offer 3 synchronous sessions.  2 sessions will meet for two weeks, and the third  will be 5 weeks long. New Leaders Week prepares participants for leading SEED seminars in communities, schools, workplaces where they are located, in order to create momentum towards social justice.

During New Leaders Weeks 2021, participants will:

  • meet with other new SEED leaders from communities, schools (N-20), nonprofits, and government organizations to engage in a journey of self-reflection increased social awareness and enactable possibilities
  • work with SEED's staff of experienced educators from various disciplines, institution types, grade levels, and diverse identities, along with National SEED Project co-directors;
  • engage in a range of challenging and transformative interactive exercises and conversations to connect their own personal experiences of culture, diversity, oppression, and privilege with an understanding of the systemic nature of privilege and oppression;
  • speak in a supportive and justice-seeking space about their individual experiences of teaching, learning, and work, see how putting people at the center of their own professional development can more effectively nurture the growth and development of others.
  • learn about key SEED concepts along with materials and strategies to facilitate social change.
  • learn how to create and lead virtual (as well as in person where possible) SEED seminars that similarly engage their own colleagues and community members to create more gender fair, multiculturally equitable, socioeconomically aware, and globally informed schools, communities, and workplaces.

Those connected to the SEED network testify that as a result of their SEED experience, they listen to all voices, including their own, with widened attention. SEED participants are able to embrace with more confidence and competence the challenges and joys of the many kinds of diversity in their own lives and the lives of others.

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Who Is New Leaders Week for?

NLW 2017New Leaders Week is intended for people with prior experience participating in or leading diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice work, who wish to deepen and extend their self-knowledge, leadership, resources, and peer network, and to apply these skills within their organization or community.

Expectations

Accepted applicants  will attend one of 3 virtual SEED New Leaders Weeks. Two week sessions are June 21-July 2 and July 12-July 23 and the  five week session is July 12-August 13

  • The two-week sessions will include 2 2-hour Zoom calls and 4 additional hours on Canvas discussion boards each day for participants. 
  • The five-week session will include 2 2-hour Zoom calls and 12 additional hours on Canvas discussion boards each week for participants

After completing New Leaders Week, participants will design, coordinate, and facilitate an ongoing SEED seminar in their school, district, or organization during the academic year It should meet for at least 25 hours total in sessions no shorter than 90 minutes over no fewer than 10 weeks. Traditionally, SEED seminars have -been three hours once a month for nine months, but alternative models have also worked effectively. These seminars will include at least eight, and preferably 15 to 25, of your colleagues.

Please see our Apply Now page for further details and costs, and review our Frequently Asked Questions.

— Cheryl Robinson, Supervisor, Office of Minority Achievement, Arlington Public Schools, Virginia

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