• Testimonials
  • "In my role as Superintendent, I attend many conferences and training sessions. Many are good. Few are life-changing. The Equity Project training was one of the few. You challenged my assumptions and caused me to examine what I truly believe about educating all children. You provided me with knowledge and gave me skills in developing leaders and teams who can change the conversation and transform instruction in our schools. Thank you for a creative, visionary approach."

    Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent
    Marin County Office of Education, California



    "The Leading for Equity Institute has provided me a renewed sense of purpose in and for my work. It has given me some great tools to help advance the work of racial equity as an individual in my community, and organization. I really appreciate and enjoyed the structure and balance in both facilitation and activities."

    Carla Little, Program Specialist
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Leading for Equity Institute

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The Leading For Equity™ Institute is our signature service, offered as both an annual residential experience and to our partners as part of a greater engagement. We work with leaders (both formal and informal) to develop their capacity to foster positive change on behalf of historically under-served students and families.

Leading for Equity is an experiential institute providing ample opportunities for sharing, reflection, and planning to inform your current work. We develop individual and collective leadership at every level of schools, districts, foundations or nonprofit organizations. Teams deepen their commitment, relationships, and efficacy while developing strategies toward equity goals.  Teams receive expert, caring guidance and facilitation to work together to address the personal and technical challenges they face in their educational equity efforts.

We offer two versions of the Leading for Equity Institute – residential and non-residential.

Our Residential LFEs are four-day, three-night institutes held at beautiful retreat centers surrounded by nature. They provide the space and extended time together for deep conversations and meaningful relationship-building and strengthening. This longer version of the institute includes additional content and expanded opportunities for both individual and team reflection, dialogue and planning.

Our Non-residential LFEs are two-day institutes held at comfortable and conveniently-located meeting spaces. This version of the institute also provides plenty of space for sharing, reflecting and relationship-building among teams in a more compact two-day schedule.

Both residential and non-residential LFE institute offerings are designed for teams. As such, you must register with a minimum of two and a maximum of eight people per team. If your team has more than eight people, we encourage you to split your team to attend different LFE institute dates. If you would like to discuss bringing a team of more than eight people, please contact us at events@nationalequityproject.org, as we can occasionally accommodate larger teams, particularly at non-residential institutes.

Learn & Examine

  • The effects of racism and other bias on education policies and practices
  • Individual and organizational dynamics that impede the success of change efforts
  • How to improve collaborative relationships and build teams and alliances in diverse settings
  • Concrete skills for leading change in challenging contexts toward your current equity goals
  • The importance of emotional intelligence and trust in leading equity efforts
  • Research, tools, and other resources for equity-focused leadership and team development.

Who Should Attend

  • School and district teams working on equity or “achievement gap” initiatives
  • Teams from philanthropic foundations working to improve racial equity
  • Regional equity initiatives involving cross-sector partnerships

Results

Over 1,600 educators and community leaders have participated in Leading for Equity since 2002.  Over 90% of Leading for Equity participants agree that they are better able to:

  • Work more effectively with colleagues from different racial or cultural backgrounds
  • Raise and discuss issues of equity with their colleagues
  • Make personal and organizational changes to address social and racial inequities

Testimonials


Leading for Equity“I am full of gratitude to you all in your facilitation of this event. I know I say it over and over, but without your organization and the work you’ve shared with me for the past 10 years I’d not be here today. I am left with a feeling of hope for this work, I leave feeling refueled, and for this I am profoundly grateful. Thank you for leading me on this journey.” – Jennifer Garcia, Principal, Aspire Centennial College Prep

“I feel that the Leading for Equity Institute really helped me build positive relationships with my colleagues.  If I was to take back nothing else but that, I would be satisfied.  However, I also learned a lot about being honest with myself and open to others and that is extremely valuable to me.” -Danielle Diego, Teacher, San Pedro Elementary

“The LFE Institute has provided me a renewed sense of purpose in and for my work.  It has given me some great tools to help advance the work of racial equity as an individual in my community, and organization.  I really appreciate and enjoyed the structure and balance in both facilitation and activities.” – Carla Little, Program Specialist, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Resources & Readings

Registration


Online by credit card:
 The best way to register for one of our events is online by credit card. Click your chosen date below to register online and reserve your spot today!


By check or purchase order: 
Please complete a check registration form and send it with a check made payable to: National Equity Project, 1720 Broadway, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.

To request an invoice, send your completed check registration form to events@nationalequityproject.org and we will prepare an invoice for you. Please note, your registration is not complete and your seat is not reserved until NEP receives payment.

For questions about registration please contact events@nationalequityproject.org