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SEED Program

Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED)

"The National SEED Project is a peer-led professional development program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity. We do this by training individuals to facilitate ongoing seminars within their own institutions and communities. SEED leaders design their seminars to include personal reflection and testimony, listening to others' voices, and learning experientially and collectively. Through this methodology, SEED equips us to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege." To learn more about the National SEED Project, please click here.

SEED Leaders at Catherine Cook School

The SEED Program at Catherine Cook is made up of cohorts led by the following faculty, staff, and parent SEED Leaders:

  • Patrick Gall, Librarian
  • Rachel Hill, Senior Kindergarten Teacher
  • Jessica Majors, Middle School Humanities Teacher
  • Eddie Pryce, Assistant to the Head of Middle School and High School Placement Counselor
  • Jen Tomsheck, 1st Grade Teacher

Essential Questions for 2018-2019

  • How was I educated about difference and connection?
  • How does this education influence my teaching and/or parenting?
  • How can we create the most effective environments for all people to learn and flourish?

Cohort Composition

  • Faculty and staff participants will be invited to attend by their division heads or supervisors.
  • Parent participants will be invited to attend by division heads and/or other administrators.
  • We will aim to populate cohorts with a diverse range of identities and roles in the building.
  • Cohorts will be formed and notified by the end of September 2018.

Cohort Meeting Schedule

SEED training dates for the 2018-2019 school year will be held from 2:30-5:00 p.m. for faculty/staff and from 5:30-8:00 p.m. for parents (with dinner served in-between) on the following Wednesdays:

  • October 3 (faculty) / October 10 (parents)
  • November 14
  • December 12
  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 1
  • May 22