Network Overview & Benefits


Fellowship Overview

The Racial Equity Leadership Network is an 18-Month Fellowship Program for Executive Leaders in Districts who are committed to addressing historical disparities in their system and realizing a compelling vision of educational equity for every student.

Fellows will attend five (5) two-day Network Convenings focused on essential levers for equity leadership and system transformation. In between Network Convenings, Fellows will have access to a comprehensive menu of services and technical support including on-site coaching and strategic consultation to support implementation in their home districts.

Each cohort of the Racial Equity Leadership Network will be comprised of up to twelve (12) executives ( i.e., Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Chief Academic Officers, etc.) - or other leaders charged to impact the district’s unique racial equity challenge.


Network Benefits:

  • Time & Space: An opportunity to step away from the daily pressures and demands to engage and reflect thoughtfully and share intellectually and practically as educational leaders.
  • Peer Networks: Fellows will have an opportunity to share and receive lessons and support from district leaders, who understand the unique complexity of the regional challenges leaders confront, while capitalizing on opportunities for peer learning, support and advising, and building alliances.
  • Access to Exclusive Networking & Learning Opportunities: Fellows and their district colleagues will be invited to participate in exclusive Racial Equity Leadership Network events (ex. Speaker Series, Regional Development Events, Symposiums, District Learning Visits, etc.), that allow them to engage with other thought leaders, policymakers and innovators in the field of education.
  • Racial Equity-In-Action Inquiry Cycle: Fellows will receive support identifying a challenge, designing an approach, executing a strategy, and reporting back on progress and lessons learned. Fellows will also have access to other resources that will enable effective implementation.
  • Coaching & Technical Assistance: Fellows will work with SEF Network Faculty to co-design and customize coaching and technical assistance designed to support district teams to advance an equity agenda. Coaching and technical assistance could include but is not limited to:
    • Communications Strategy
    • Equitable School Finance
    • Community Schools Strategy Development
    • Equity Strategy Development
    • Executive Coaching and Team Development
    • District Equity Audits
    • Listening Campaigns 

‚Äč*Travel, lodging, meals and learning materials will be provided for each fellow by the Southern Education Foundation.

Have questions about the fellowship? See our FAQ for answers to general questions. For additional assistance, please forward all inquiries to our RELN Program Coordination Team at

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