Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Registration (SEED) 2018-19 Registration
Are you looking for professional development focused on educational equity and diversity? Are you looking for a supportive circle of educators with whom you can learn about cultures different from your own? Are you looking for a deeper understanding of how to build relationships with students and families who are from cultures other than yours? SEED may be the course for you!

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.

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Program Description
The SEED program is a year-long seminar style professional learning opportunity for educators, staff, and community members. From October to May, participants meet monthly in SEED circles to participate in text based discussions about topics surrounding educational equity and diversity, and how they relate to the experiences of staff, students, and parents within our school districts.

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.

Seeking Equity and Educational Diversity--Year 1 (SEED 1)
Participant Eligibility: SEED 1 is available to all teachers, staff, and community members who have not attended a SEED course previously.

Theme: Windows and Mirrors

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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED Seeking Equity and Educational Diversity--SEED South
Participant Eligibility: SEED South is open to those with no previous SEED experience and to those with multiple years experience. Priority will be give to those with less than two years prior experience. Therefore, those with 2 or more years (register for a third+ year) of prior SEED experience are welcome to register and their names will be placed on a wait list in the order received.

Location: South St. Paul Secondary School, 700 N. 2nd St., South St. Paul, MN 55075
Time: Meeting from 4:45-7:45 p.m
Dates: 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 Sexauer
Fee: 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..

REGISTRATION CLOSED Seeking Equity and Educational Diversity--Advanced SEED
Participant Eligibility: Advanced SEED is open to SEED participants with at least one prior year of participation in SEED. Priority will be give to those with less than two years prior experience. Therefore, those with 2 or more years of prior SEED (register for a third+ year) experience are welcome to register and their names will be placed on a wait list in the order received.

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, 2019
Facilitators: Mary Hannula, Ann Hite, and Kathy Kakaliouras
Fee: 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.

SEED 2018-2019 Guidelines
There is a growing interest in SEED among Equity Alliance MN member districts' staff. Last year, all SEED circles (classes) were filled with waiting lists. Based upon feedback from the previous SEED participants, the following guidelines will be followed:
1) All SEED Circles will meet from 4:45 - 7:45pm (to better accommodate travel schedules from all districts)
2) Only first time, NEW participants will be eligible for SEED 1 (see program description above).
3) Previous participants with 1 to 2 prior years of SEED will be eligible for SEED 2/3 or SEED South (see program description above).
4) Participants with 2 or more years of prior SEED experience are welcome to register. However, their names and registrations will be placed on a wait list in the order received, and added to the circle if the class does not fill.
5) To qualify for graduate credits, participants must attend at least six of the eight evening meetings.
6) Participants will receive CEU's for the hours in which they participated.
7) Participants will be placed into one of the three cohorts based upon location preference and prior SEED enrollment.
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To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Regina Seabrook at 651-379-2657 or Regina.Seabrook@equityalliancemn.org at least two weeks prior to the event.
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