Equity-Centered Professional Learning

Note: All CREATE professional learning has been moved to a virtual format until the Covid-19 pandemic abates.

CREATE offers four (4) Equity-Centered Professional Learning Opportunities 

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 2020, 8-week

9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/26, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18

All sessions will be from 4pm to 6pm via Zoom.

Fall 2020, 4-Day

10/5, 10/6, and 10/26, 10/27

All sessions will be from 8am to 2pm via Zoom.

Spring 2021, 8-week

2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24

All sessions will be from 4pm to 6pm via Zoom.

Spring 2020, 4-Day

2/1, 2/2 and 3/1, 3/2

All sessions will be from 8am to 2pm via Zoom.

June 2021, 4-Day

6/7, 6/8, 6/9, 6/10

All sessions will be from 9am to 3pm via Zoom.

July 2021, 4-Day

7/19, 7/20, 7/21, 7/22

All sessions will be from 9am to 3pm via Zoom.


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 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.

The cohort will meet five times: one Saturday in fall 2020, one Saturday in spring 2020, and 3 days (as a retreat) in June 2021.

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

2020-21 Cultivating Equity Leadership Cohort

10/24/20; 10am-1pm

3/20/21; 10am-1pm

6/22/21; 9am-1pm

6/23/21; 9am-1pm

6/24/21; 9am-1pm

All sessions will be held via Zoom.

Equity Facilitation Fellowship (EFF)

The Equity Facilitation Fellowship is an 8-month leadership and facilitation program 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 the Fellowship is to harness the skills required for facilitation of conversations about educational equity and justice in your school, organization, or life. The Fellowship also prepares educators for possible opportunities to co-facilitate CREATE-led events.

The Fellowship provides teachers and school/district leaders opportunities to:

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

Monthly Sessions

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

  • September: Orientation
  • October: Identity Development
  • November: Critically-Conscious and Compassionate Framework
  • December: Social Gathering
  • January: The Art of Facilitation
  • February: Critically-Conscious and Compassionate Framework
  • March: Guest Speaker
  • April: Critically-Conscious and Compassionate Framework
  • May: Professional Presentation

All sessions are two (2) hours in length and typically held in the evenings

Fellowship Fees

Employees working in CREATE Schools

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

General Public

$1000 - Registration and Materials

Registration is closed for the 2020-21 Fellowship.

How 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.

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:

Upcoming Equity Evenings (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)

9/17, 10/15, 11/12, 12/11, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13

All sessions will be from 5pm to 7pm via Zoom .