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Systems for Education
Equity Development Fellowship (SEED)


Addressing inequity in education with a systemic approach.

The SEED (Systems for Education Equity Development) fellowship is a six-month cohort experience that equips leaders with strategies to redesign inequitable systems in their schools or district. Each cohort will consist of 18 passionate leaders who will engage in a series of workshops over the course of six months, under the direction of a former district leader. Free to apply; fee for cohort participants is $7500.

Address the system not the symptoms: Connect, Include, Create.


We know the circumstances surrounding the start of the 2020-21 school year have placed tremendous demand on leaders everywhere. We will continue to accept applications for the SEED Fellowship on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their status by email. To be considered for the inaugural SEED Fellowship cohort please apply by September 4, 2020.

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Fellows will depart with:

  • Developed plan for a prototype for change within your system
  • Workbook that outlines the SEED journey and thinking
  • Research-based protocol to further drive the work within teams you lead
  • Network of systems-level leaders

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What To Expect

The SEED Fellowship will be spearhead by former superintendent, David Hardy. Sessions will be centered around: 

  • Connecting with your challenge: Unpack a challenge and connect with stakeholders with an equity lens  
  • Including people at the table:  Include and elevate the voices of stakeholders at the margins 
  • Creating an opportunity: Design prototypes that create equitable outcomes for ALL students 


Apply for the SEED Fellowship

Follow the application portal and choose to submit written answers, or schedule a phone or video interview. Teams are welcomed to apply.

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Equity Resources For This Moment

Check out these additional resources on educational equity including guides, white papers, webinars, and articles. 

Have more questions about the fellowship or equity support in your district? Email us at crystal@edelements.com


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