Questions You May Consider Ahead of Completing the New Leaders Week Application
How might I describe what my SEED group could be to someone who is not familiar with it?
SEED is a peer-facilitated seminar for the people in our organization who will meet in ongoing sessions to engage in structured conversations on equity and diversity. These conversations will include the sharing of personal stories while also considering outside printed and video resources. The ultimate goal is to illuminate ways we can bring our just and equitable selves to our organization so as to support it in becoming more equitable and just. This equity and justice is shown through both our interpersonal interactions within the organization and through our policies and procedures in community and global settings.
What kind of institutions apply to SEED?
SEED originally attracted educators from P-12 schools. Presently, SEED attracts and supports educators, administrators, parents, and members from all educational (public, independent, charter, religious, P-12, higher ed, etc.) and community organizations that aim to offer more equitable spaces and practices.
Will SEED come and do diversity sessions for us?
SEED is a peer-led, ongoing facilitated conversation, meaning it is structured to be led by internal community members over a period of time. This model effectively ensures that the growth and change that takes place at both an individual and institutional level is generated thoughtfully from within. While some SEED leaders do conduct SEED-inspired diversity sessions, SEED is only effective as a program when the practices that have been tested and applied for over 30 years are housed thoughtfully and directly in your organization or community, through SEED seminars conducted by your facilitators. SEED believes that an institution’s leaders know the most about what their organization’s equity needs are and the application of that knowledge is what makes SEED transformational for organizations.
What are the costs of SEED?
The costs for SEED participation in 2020 are:
- $4,800 per seminar leader, excluding travel and including room and board and all supplies during New Leaders Week. Applicant spaces will not be reserved until all application and support forms are accepted and approved by SEED and a $1000 deposit is submitted to SEED for each accepted applicant. The entirety of the payment can be made then, or else the second portion of the payment is due four weeks following the end of the applicant's/applicants' New Leaders Week. (Please note that you may apply to SEED for up to $3,600 in scholarship toward these costs.) This $4,800 SEED fee covers:
- Tuition, all materials, meals, and lodging (double occupancy rooms) while the leader is at New Leaders Week. (A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional $500 and will be offered based on participant need.)
- A year-long professional development opportunity for 15-25 colleagues in your institution,organization, or community, led by your newly trained SEED leader
- Ongoing assistance from SEED co-directors, SEED staff, and other experienced SEED leaders for leading SEED seminars
- Access to SEED leaders-only resources and online community
- Print and digital media resources for adults and youth
- Regional networks for SEED leaders
Please note our policy on Refunds, Switching Participants, and Deferrals
- Schools and sponsoring sites are asked to provide an additional $500 per seminar for books, handouts, materials, and food, to be provided directly to the seminar leader(s) (not to SEED) and handled locally.
- SEED expects institutions and organizations to support the year-long SEED seminar and seminar leader(s), through strong verbal endorsement from administration, and through material support, such as funds to purchase books and DVDs for the seminar (which can start an equity library onsite), access to copy machines and printers, time during all-faculty/all-staff meetings for SEED, and backing to ensure seminars have a regular meeting place and nourishing food.
- Travel costs to/from New Leaders Week, including but not limited to airfare, ground transportation, meals while traveling, baggage fees, and additional nights lodging are not covered or arranged by SEED.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If You Are Seeking a Scholarship
SEED is committed to partnering with communities, organizations, and institutions who demographically reflect our broader world. Toward this end, SEED has always worked to provide scholarships through grant writing and fundraising on our own and with partner sites in order to support both diversifying our cohorts and ensuring that those further from social justice are able to attend. We are working to be more open about our scholarship process to further this goal. For instance, all public schools are automatically eligible for a $1,200 scholarship as are non-profit organizations with an annual budget under $250,000. Please note that all communities, organizations, and institutions are eligible to apply for scholarships, and we do grant scholarships of different sizes.
The scholarship portion of the Administrative Support Form must be completed by someone authorized to approve and receive funding and to support all aspects of the SEED seminar, including finances, logistics, and promotion of equitable education in the proposed SEED site. We must receive the scholarship portion and the full Administrative Support Form from the administrator, as well as a completed New Leaders Application from each person who wishes to become a SEED leader.
The basic criteria for scholarships are:
- The partner site's capacity and commitment to host a SEED seminar for at least two years following receipt of the scholarship.
- The partner site's commitment that if the SEED seminar does not occur, the partner will owe the total amount of the scholarship to the National SEED Project.
- Scholarships will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need, diversity in terms of marginalized populations, and public mission of the site.
We anticipate that scholarships will range from $500 to $3,600.
Questions You May Have As You Complete the New Leaders Week Application
Who applies to SEED?
SEED applicants are committed to engaging in meaningful and productive conversations centered on diversity, inclusion, and equity. SEED leaders include educators, administrators, community organizers, administrators, parents, social workers, and educational consultants, among others.
Do you give scholarships to attend New Leaders Week?
Yes, SEED provides a limited number of scholarships to eligible institutions and nonprofit organizations. See above under Costs.
Why is there a character limit on some application questions, and what if I have more to say?
One aspect of SEED work is developing our personal stories and aiming to them be specific and clear. A character limit not only helps start this process, it aims to be considerate of both the applicant’s time as well as that of the SEED staff.
Why do I have to name what audience I intend for SEED?
Because part of the acceptance process to New Leaders Week includes the commitment of each new leader to facilitate a SEED seminar, it is important to have a clear idea of who your intended audience will be. As you progress through New Leaders Week, you will determine how best to introduce and implement SEED at your specific institution. Having an idea of your SEED membership will help you focus on which methods will best support your intention and environment.
Why is my school asked to support additional resources for my SEED seminar? What kinds of additional resources might I consider?
SEED facilitation is not only about the conversation, it is also about the space and resources that support that conversation. Many SEED sessions include either food or beverages, materials such as notebooks or art supplies, and perhaps articles or books, all of which aim to support participants as they engage in their growth-orientated seminars over time.
What if I don’t have an approving administrator?
You must have an approving administrator to attend New Leaders Week. Facilitation of a SEED seminar is a significant undertaking and successful implementation needs administrative support. Administrator approval to attend New Leaders Week also indicates support of building a more diverse and equitable community, contributing organizational finances, coordinating calendars, and encouraging recruitment of participants to the SEED seminar. With clear administrative support, the SEED leader can focus on creating and sustaining the SEED seminar.
What if I’m the only one from my school approved to attend a New Leaders Week? May I come alone?
While co-facilitation is modeled during New Leaders Week, a SEED seminar can be successfully facilitated by a solo SEED leader. At New Leaders Week, all SEED leaders will be connected to the extensive SEED leader network, which is accessible through a variety of means: social media, a SEED leaders-only website, and regional SEED leader networks, to name a few. A solo facilitator will find many ways to connect to other SEED leaders which will aid in session development, resource sharing, and more.
What if we already have SEED leaders at my school? Can I still apply? How do I interact with the other SEED leader(s) after I am trained?
Often, once a SEED seminar is started at an institution, that institution will generate more SEED leaders. As an institution expands its number of SEED leaders, it is able to diversify its SEED groups in any number of ways: supporting co-facilitation models, offering concurrent groups at once, or expanding its audience by creating new types of groups. Any leader coming from an institution with already established SEED leader(s) should open discussion with them about how multiple leaders can be implemented at your institution for most effective support and growth of your community.
What are your policies on refunds, switching participants, and deferrals?
Please see this page.