The Racial Equity Leadership Network is an 18-Month fellowship program for Executive Leaders in districts who are committed to addressing persistent disparities in their systems and ensuring that race and class are no longer the most reliable predictors of student success. Each cohort of the Racial Equity Leadership Network (RELN) will be comprised of up to twelve (12) executive leaders from school districts in the South. RELN Fellows will attend five two and a half day in-person convenings focused on essential levers for equity-centered leadership and system transformation. The fellows and their districts will also receive customized coaching to support the planning and implementation of a co-created action plan addressing their unique equity challenge. Fellows will be asked to create in-district design teams, a 5-7 member workgroup of district colleagues committed to addressing racial disparities within their school system. The workgroup participants must also have the desire, influence, and capacity to support the Fellow in their efforts to forge change.
“We think the system we need now requires leaders...to think, engage and act differently in the face of the complex challenges they navigate, and to use their positional power as an important lever for eliminating racial disparities in their systems.”
As members of the Racial Equity Leadership Network, Fellows should walk away from this experience with a more nuanced understanding of existing and potential equity challenges their districts face and could encounter in the future. They will be provided with a cadre of tangible tools and resources in the form of critical time and space to strategize, peer networking, access to experts, coaching, and technical assistance. Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to engage in thought partnership with in-district coaches to strategize how best to address their challenges. Fellows may also earn a chance to assert themselves as experts in the discipline through possibilities for shared publication and peer-to-peer learning. Finally, fellows will receive a host of suggestions for ways to utilize their current team and resources more efficiently and promote buy-in for future initiatives so that they might scale their efforts moving forward.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.