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Ann Hite

How SEED Starts with the Personal to Create Change in Schools

A guest post by SEED Leader Ann Hite, a Student Support Coach (supporting students and staff using preventive and Restorative strategies) at Roseville Area Middle School in Minnesota.

Teachers are under a lot of scrutiny these days. I have found that one of the ways we defend ourselves against this critique is by pointing to social disparities over which we have no control (poverty, housing, health care, etc.) and the negative impact those things have on achievement. So, as a White teacher, when I talk about equity with colleagues, I work to stay focused on what teachers can do to make a difference for our students of color.

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Planting Awareness / Cultivating Ourselves and our Schools

SEED Leader Peaches Gillette describes how SEED has become a foundational tool for the many diversity initiatives at her school.

Peaches Gillette
The Town School, New York, New York
Essay written 2012

In 1986, when I first came to The Town School, what was then described as diversity work was taking place in one kindergarten classroom among a handful of teachers who collaborated and worked to heighten racial and cultural awareness in their classrooms, with the hope that their work would be embraced and incorporated into the curriculum of the entire nursery division – a total of four classes. The group was informal and it was not recognized as a vital part of the school.

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Know Where You Are Going Before Building the Road

Sixty years ago this Saturday, the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education struck down racial segregation in schools.Despite that vital step, schools did not then necessarily create environments that gave equal opportunities to all students.

In his essay below, SEED Leader and school administrator Alvin Crawley offers his thoughts on how SEED helped create systemic change in his school district to address the racial achievement gap.

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