SEED logo"SEED encouraged me to reevaluate the parameters around which I have knowingly and unknowingly organized my life. That practice, alone, would have been life altering. However, SEED also, and perhaps more importantly, asked me to step back and "look through the window," to determine the impact of statements, activities, and practices on my students, my colleagues, and the community. SEED exposed me to a myriad of voices and perspectives, and I feel I am a better teacher and person from the experience. In fact, SEED reconfirmed, for me, the power of the story."

~ Heidi Newman, Sayre Middle School English Teacher

What is SEED?

SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) is a peer-led professional development program

that promotes change through self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue and builds capacity for more equitable curriculum, campuses, and communities.

SEED’s unique methodology involves:

  • facilitating ongoing, structured, group conversations in which all voices can be heard
  • examining how our own stories relate to social systems
  • learning from the lessons of our own lives as well as from texts
  • turning oppression and privilege into agency and action

What makes SEED different?

SEED seminars start with the assumption that we are the authorities on our own experience.

SEED asks us to look inward at how we were schooled to deal with diversity and connection, as a necessary prelude to creating school and community climates and curricula that more adequately equip today’s children to do so.

SEED takes a systemic approach to looking at oppression and privilege, rather than seeing them only as individual choices.

SEED acknowledges that diversity work is an ongoing process, not a one-time training.

SEED uses methods of intentionally structured group conversation to create safe environments and facilitate thinking to include input from all voices.

SEED work is not about blame, shame, or guilt about one's location in societal systems.

SEED engages allies from dominant groups in listening, learning, and taking thoughtful strategic action to help break down patterns of oppression.

SEED doesn't need a crisis to address the very real power dynamics of race, class, gender, etc. that play out systemically in schools and communities to the detriment of all children.

SEED seminars put in place an ongoing constructive conversation about sometimes polarizing issues, thus making communities more competent to deal with crises when they do occur.

"The Seed Seminars were a unique and engaging opportunity for us as educators to reflect on sensitive issues about gender, ethnicity, and race, and explore those topics from both a personal and professional perspective. It was both fulfilling and enriching to engage in the many activities and readings that were provided as part of the SEED curriculum. As participants, we became a family in which it was safe to reflect, share, and grow individually, and to talk about ways we can sprinkle seeds of growth and change in our divisions and our classrooms."

~ Michele O'Rourke, Sayre Fourth Grade Teacher
Tim O'Rourke, Head of the Upper School

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SEED seminars for Sayre faculty and staff are held monthy. For more information, please contact Cathy Bilberry at (859) 244-2674 or


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