Equity Alliance MN (formerly, EMID) is pleased to offer three cohorts of the Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) program for the 2018-2019 school year. SEED provides educational opportunities for teachers, administrators and education support professionals to learn about multicultural pedagogy and curriculum, dialogue about topics connected to culture, and to plan strategies to bring about institutional change for educational equity.
Due to funding parameters, registrations will be managed in the following way:
* Participants from Equity Alliance MN member districts will be charged $150 per person. * Participants from non-member districts will be charged $200 per person. 2018-19 Equity Alliance member districts are: Forest Lake, Inver Grove Heights, Roseville, South St. Paul, Stillwater, and White Bear Lake. Any vacant spaces beyond the 90 reserved ones will be available on a first come-first served basis to any educator, school staff or community member.
If you have any questions about the program or registration, please contact Regina Seabrook, Equity Alliance MN at 651-379-2657.
Each of the three SEED courses is designed to respond to the different levels of experience participants bring related to educational equity, pedagogy and content. Monthly SEED seminars include readings, activities, discussions, and/or reflections. Participants will be assigned reading material that corresponds to the monthly equity and educational diversity topics outlined in each course syllabus. Participants will purchase, rent, or borrow their own books. CEU's will be given. For more information about the National SEED project please visit: http://www.nationalseedproject.org/. Optional graduate credit through St. Catherine University will be available. Cost of credit is $200 for 2 credits or $375 for 4 credits. Credit registration information will be circulated at the first meeting.
Location: Roseville Area Middle School (RAMS - 15 County Road B-2 East, Roseville, MN 55117) Time: Meeting from 4:45-7:45 p.m. Dates: Wednesdays, October 10, November 14, December 12, 2018 and January 9, February 13, March 20, April 10, and May 15, 2019. Facilitators: Todd Richter, Diana Gertz Fee: Due at the first meeting; participants purchase, rent, or borrow their own books
Description: SEED 1 is designed to have participants see themselves and to view others with new perspectives. We strive to grow personally and professionally while developing our capacities to engage genuinely in our schools and communities. Monthly seminars will include readings, activities, discussions, and reflections. As a group, we will create a safe place to have courageous conversations about race and equity. Some of the topics to be included are: community, racism, white privilege, educational practices, and current issues.
Location: South St. Paul Secondary School, 700 N. 2nd St., South St. Paul, MN 55075Time: Meeting from 4:45-7:45 p.mDates: Wednesdays, October 3, November 7, December 5, 2018 and January 9, February 6, March 20, April 24, and May 15, 2019. Facilitators: Kim Dahlen and Jen SexauerFee: Due at the first meeting; participants purchase, rent, or borrow their own books
Description and Purpose: The purpose of this seminar is to create a circle of educators who will come together to learn, listen, think, debate and build community. SEED moves us into an experience that is much more internal and reflective than typical professional development workshops. While it may not always direct us to strategies, it will ask us to revisit the mindset we engage in our work. Given the current social and political context, educators need to be grounded in our own beliefs about the purpose of public education and to start thinking more critically about policies and practices that are damaging to the goal of equity.
We believe education is heart, head and hands work. Once our hearts lead us to be educators, we then need to inform ourselves about the life experiences and needs of our students and communities and finally to put our learning into compassionate action.
The 2018-2019 theme for SEED South is “Intersectionality.” Participants will explore, define, and reflect deeply on the concept of intersectionality and how it impacts people differently in their daily lives. We will continue to practice the art of active listening to change our perceptions and practices. Participants will be challenged to express their thinking and feelings in order to learn with, and from, one another..
Location: Equity Alliance MN, 6063 Hudson Road, Suite 218, Woodbury, MN 55125 for all classes. Time: Meeting from 4:45-7:45 p.m.Dates: Thursdays, October 11, November 15, December 13, 2018 and January 10, February 7, March 21, April 11, and May 9, 2019Facilitators: Mary Hannula, Ann Hite, and Kathy KakaliourasFee: Due at the first meeting; participants purchase, rent, or borrow their own books
Description: Advanced SEED offers a more advanced, in-depth opportunity for participants to build upon prior learning around culturally responsive teaching and educational equity. The purpose of Advanced SEED is to create a circle of educators who will come together to learn, listen, think, debate and build community. SEED moves us into an experience that is much more internal and reflective than typical professional development workshops. We believe education is heart, head and hands work. Once our hearts lead us to be educators, we then need to inform ourselves about the life experiences and needs of our students and communities, and finally to put our learning into compassionate action.