Equity Programs

Removing barriers to equity in schools

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Sourcewell's Equity Vision

Sourcewell exists to empower community success. We stand with our partners in government and education striving to recognize and honor the differences in each of our community members. We are committed to removing barriers to equity.

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Creating learning communities where all can thrive

Inequities can be hard to recognize. Sourcewell offers a variety of programs focused on helping educators and school leaders in the five-county service area cultivate equity knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the safety and success of all students.

  • Cultural Competency

    MN Statute requires Cultural Competency training for educators to renew their teaching license with PELSB (Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board). Sourcewell has developed a PELSB-approved training that meets all components of PELSB’s definition. 

    Request a customized full or partial training at your school

    Register for an upcoming training

  • SEED Seminars

    SEED (Seeking educational equity and diversity) is a peer-led professional development program promoting change and building capacity for more equitable curriculum, schools, and communities. Trained SEED leader and Sourcewell education consultant Rachel Logan hosts seminars for local educators where they can challenge their own personal beliefs and practices and connect with other educators.

    Video Overview of SEED

    Choose from two SEED Seminars in 2020-21:
    SEED Beginner Seminar
    SEED Anti-Racism Seminar

    Request SEED at your school 
    Requires a group of 10 or more. Choose from a variety of subjects. Topic ideas

  • Equity Advocates Leadership Cohort

    The Equity Advocates Leadership Cohort focuses on helping educators address biases and inequities at their roots to create long-lasting positive change in their schools. Participate in a cohort and you will learn and have support in adapting and advocating for policies and practices that foster schoolwide equitable learning environments, enhancing engagement, and making achievement for all students your ultimate goal.

    Join an Equity Advocates Cohort

  • Additional Equity Support

    Looking for a support tailored to your school’s needs? Contact us to learn more. We can support your team in strategically addressing systems improvement through an equity lens, including examining policies, procedures, curriculum, and instruction for potential barriers to success for each student. Onsite professional development can also be provided. Sample options include implicit bias training, examining inequities in school systems, or anti-racism work.

    Additional equity trainings are regularly offered at Sourcewell. Check the training page for up-to-date offerings.

     

Other Tools & Resources

Find a variety of books to support your equity journey from the Sourcewell Education Resource Library, including: 

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 
  • Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi 
  • How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 
  • Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities by Julie L. Davis 
  • The Color of Law by  Richard Brothstein 
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum 
  • A Good Time for the Truth by Sun Yung Shin 
  • Race Talks by Darald Wing Sue 

Questions?

For more information about equity programs available through Sourcewell, contact education@sourcewell-mn.gov.

Sara Lenz, educator at Wadena-Deer Creek and participant in Equity professional development, in her classroom.

Sara Lenz, Educator

Wadena-Deer Creek Schools

Out of all the trainings and education that I’ve experienced in the last 12 years, SEED by far has been the most influential in how I teach, interact, and respond to those around me. Read how small changes have a big impact
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