Equity-Centered Professional Learning

CREATE offers a variety of Equity-Centered

Professional Learning Opportunities 

(Several of the opportunities below are available to the general public.)

Equity-Centered Critical Friendship (ECCF) Institute

Equity-Centered Critical Friendship (ECCF) is offered as a 4-day immersive institute or as an 8-week institute during which participants encounter what it looks, sounds, and feels like to be a part of a community of practitioners fiercely committed to educational equity and excellence.

Participants will engage:

  • New understandings of individual and collective identity; concepts pertaining to racial equity; reflection on equity in education and broad systemic inequities
  • Strategies for community-building and reflection through facilitated protocols and open discussions
  • Intentional community building through established agreements and reflection
  • Practice of skills needed for participation in and facilitation of equity-centered, collaborative practices

Concepts we explore during ECCF institute:

  • Ideological oppression and structure of identity
  • Internalized oppression and self-awareness
  • Interpersonal oppression and social awareness
  • Institutional oppression and systems awareness

ECCF is designed for: 

  • P-16 educators, non-profit organizations, consultants and community advocates

ECCF Registration Rates

Employees working in CREATE Schools

To learn if you qualify for a complimentary seat, click HERE.

General Public


Upcoming Institutes

Fall 2021, 8-week

Fall 2021, 8-week, Virtual 

Sept 29th thru Nov 17th 

5pm to 7pm EDT 

Winter 2022, 4-day

Winter 2022, 4-Day, In-person

Feb 7th & 8th, Mar 14th & 15th 

9am to 3pm ET 

Summer 2022, 4-day

Summer 2021, 4-day, In-Person 

June 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th 

9am to 3pm ET 

Summer 2021, 4-day, In-Person 

July 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st 

9am to 3pm ET 

Equity Facilitation Fellowship (EFF)

The Equity Facilitation Fellowship (EFF) is an 8-week virtual  leadership and facilitation course designed for educators who…

  • have expressed a commitment to leading, designing, and facilitating equity-centered learning experiences in their school communities
  • seek the opportunity to go deeper with their own transformational leadership development alongside other leaders

The objective of EFF is to harness the skills required for facilitation of conversations about educational equity and justice in your school, organization, or life. EFF also prepares educators for possible opportunities to co-facilitate CREATE-led events.

EFF provides teachers and school/district leaders opportunities to:

  • network with like-minded educators 
  • strengthen equity-centered facilitation skills 
  • be inspired and sustain holistic healing 


Ready to apply?  

  • The applications for the 2021-22 EFF Cohort is now closed.
  • The application for the 2022-23 EFF Cohort will open in Spring 2022.

Monthly Sessions

In order to be considered for the fellowship, applicants must be able to attend all sessions:

Fall 2021, Sept - Dec

1). Thurs. October 14, 2021: Orientation (virtual)

            Location: Zoom

             Time: 5-7pm

2). Thurs. November 4, 2021: Guest Speaker (online)

             Location: Zoom

             Time: 5-7pm

3). Thurs. December 2, 2021: Social Gathering (in-person option)

            Location: Zoom (online)/ TBD

             Time: 5-7pm

Winter 2022 - Jan - Mar

4). Sat. January 8, 2022: Art of Facilitation (in-person)

              Location: Indian Creek Retreat Center

              Time: 9am-3pm

5). Thurs. February 10, 2022: Theory & Practice (online)

    Location: Zoom

             Time: 5-7pm

6). Thurs. March 3, 2022: Guest Speaker (online)

    Location: Zoom

             Time: 5-7pm

Spring 2022, Apr - May

7).  Thurs. April 14, 2022: Theory & Practice (online)

   Location: Zoom

   Time: 5-7pm

8).  Thurs. May 12, 2022: Professional Presentation (in-person)

   Location: Georgia State University

   Time: 5-7pm

Fellowship Fees

Employees working in CREATE Schools

To learn if you qualify for a complimentary seat, click HERE.

General Public

$1000 - Registration and Materials

It is strongly suggested that applicants  have experienced at least one of the following CREATE offerings:

  • Equity-Centered Critical Friends (EFFC) Institute 
  • Presence Power Impact
  • CBCT (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training)

Preparing to Apply! 

In order to complete the online application, you will need to have the following four things ready to submit:

  1. Cover Letter -
    • a statement elaborating on your journey through educational equity, your desire towards developing leadership skills, and how participating as an equity facilitation fellowship aligns with your personal and professional goals. (Format: .docx, .doc, .pdf, .png, .jpeg)
  2. Current Resume -
    • Format: .docx, .doc, .pdf, .png, .jpeg
  3. Contact information for a Reference -
    • Your reference will be contacted after your application is received.
  4. Photo of Yourself -
    • Format: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg

You will not be able to save drafts before submitting it.

Black Men in Education Collaborative (piloted June 2021)

Black Men in Education Collaborative was  a 4-day learning experience focused on building community where Black Male Educators learn and use promising practices for: 

  • Maximizing our wellness
  • Exploring our individual and collective identity
  • Examining systemic inequities that Black Men in education and the students they serve face
  • Designing and implementing solutions to address the priority needs of Black Male Educators in the district.

The collaborative was piloted in June 2021. 

Participants walked away with: 

  • A network of Black men in education from across Atlanta 
  • Opportunities to renew our passion, our focus and our drive in the profession
  • Resource binder full of tools and practices for facilitating equity-centered learning for our students, our parents and our colleagues
  • A stipend 

This learning experience was designed for : 

  • Black men working in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) - teachers, instructional support staff, administrators and more).

The Black Men in Education Collaborative was sponsored by the Annie E Casey Foundation's Atlanta Civic Site and United Way of Greater Atlanta.  Additionally, CREATE partnered with CommunityBuild Ventures to design and facilitate the collaborative.

Cultivating Equity Leadership Retreat

Cultivating Equity Leadership Retreat is a year-long professional development offering for educators interested in developing their capacity to drive equity-centered work. As a cohort-centered community, we’ll cultivate a critical-compassionate stance, consider “equity accountability”, and examine when and how a holistic framework might help us navigate complex dilemmas and make challenging decisions.

Participants will experience: 

  • Reflect on a research-based framework that integrates equity and adult social and emotional learning
  • Engage thought-provoking dialogue with a diverse range of cohort accountability partners
  • Engage optional one-on-one leadership coaching sessions with Dr. Folami Prescott-Adams

This retreat is designed for: 

  • School administrators, teachers, and others who lead initiatives/organizations in service of positive outcomes for students, families and/or communities.

Registration Rates

Employees working in CREATE Schools

To learn if you qualify for a complimentary seat, click HERE.

General Public


Upcoming Retreat


Equity Evening Meetings

Equity Evening Meetings provide an opportunity for educators fiercely committed to educational equity and excellence to gather for reflection, learning and community. These 2-hour meetings once a month will also provide a space to:

  • Commit to interrupt inequities in personal and professional contexts
  • Deepen content knowledge and resources for the facilitation of conversations that uplift equity
  • Develop a deeper awareness of our own identities
  • Use and be introduced to self-care and contemplative practices
  • Build community across all types of schools and other organizations that serve children and families

The prerequisite for attending these evening meetings is to have fully participated in at least one of the following CREATE offerings:

2021-22 Meeting Schedule 

All sessions will be from 5pm to 6pm via Zoom .

#1: Sept. 23rd

#2: Oct. 21st

#3: Nov. 18th

#4: Dec. 16th

#5: Jan. 27th

#6: Feb.24th

#7: Mar. 24th

#8: Apr. 21st

#9: May 5th

#10: June 16th

#11: July 14th