SEED has had a positive, transformational impact on the lives of teachers, students, parents, and communities. Those connected to the SEED network testify that as a result of their SEED seminar experience, they listen to all voices, including their own, with widened attention. SEED participants are able to embrace with more confidence and competence the challenges and joys of the many kinds of diversity found in their own lives and in the lives of others, especially their students and colleagues. Explore below what participants have told us about SEED.

SEED Is Different

quote left The SEED process is different from other diversity work. It is unique in the way the process of sharing stories and deep listening puts us in our hearts.

—High school humanities teacher, New York

quote left The uniqueness of the model struck a chord in a district where there is a serious commitment to making diversity and multicultural studies part of the fabric of the curriculum, and has been for awhile.

—Youth and community SEED leader, Illinois

quote left What we’re trying to do is change lives. We’re really trying to give them a professional development experience very unlike professional development experiences that folks have going through in schools.

—High school special education teacher, Illinois

SEED Connects People In Conversation

quote left SEED is the best way I know to find time for the conversations we don't always get to have during the school day: conversations about ourselves, about the kind of community we aspire to be, about justice and injustice. The readings are always stimulating, the conversations are heartfelt, and the food is good.

—Secondary school teacher, Arizona

quote left We heard over and over again from teachers that coming to the SEED meetings recharged their batteries.

—Youth and community SEED leader, Illinois

quote left The times when I've felt overwhelmingly busy, when I couldn't fit another item on my day's calendar -- those are the times when I appreciated SEED the most. SEED energizes me and connects me to my colleagues as people. It doesn't add to the workload -- it almost seems to relieve it.

—Secondary school teacher, Arizona

SEED Stands Out

quote left It was the most amazing learning experience I’ve ever had. It’s one of the richest experiences I’ve ever gone through in my life.

—Elementary school principal, Missouri

quote left I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in education, period.

—Elementary school teacher, Maryland

quote left I found that the experience of facilitating a SEED group to be one of the most valuable professional and personal experiences I’ve had in a very long time.

—Elementary school teacher, Massachusetts

SEED Is LIfe Changing

quote left SEED is a life-changing program. It is something that simply can’t be taught. You have to experience it and live it. It was so much more than diversity work. It was life work, hard work, heart work.

—Elementary school teacher, Philadelphia

quote left SEED is impactful in ways you could never imagine. Sometimes the greatest impact is within you. I can assure that you will never view the world in the same way.

—Trustee, K-12 school, Illinois

quote left I consider my affiliation with SEED a treasure. Its impact on my life, professionally and personally, has been, and continues to be, profound. SEED taught me how to listen, really listen, in a deep way. SEED taught me the value of story; everyone's story.

 Head of K-8 school, Texas

Read more about SEED's impact on personal growth, professional development, and social justice.

— Cheryl Robinson, Supervisor, Office of Minority Achievement, Arlington Public Schools, Virginia