Equity in Literacy Fellowship

Empower Greatness
Our West Michigan students–diverse in background, language, and identity–reflect our future. Our schools should give them daily opportunities to build on their strengths and grow into their fullest selves. Right now, we have room to grow. True change doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen alone.
We as educators can give all our students a fair chance by growing ourselves. That’s where the Equity in Literacy Fellowship can help.

About the Fellowship

Equity shows up in the details of teaching and learning. So, we must develop our lenses around rigorous academics, well-being, anti-racism, and culture. We can do that together
The Equity in Literacy Fellowship from Leading Educators is a community of practice that supports teams of K-12 educators to harness their passion for educational opportunity, strengthen their practice, and create empowering learning spaces for all students.
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Bridging Intent and Action

Teaching has the power to bring all students closer to the future they imagine for themselves. As our West Michigan community recovers from years of crisis, we’re determined to offer teams of Kent ISD educators best-in-class professional learning designed to further true opportunity and real results.
We’re working to build a network of school and district-based teams who are ready to take their practice to the next level. We designed the Fellowship with a diverse group of local leaders to ensure it responds to what West Michigan students need most.
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how racial equity is tied to literacy instruction and learn ways to close the opportunity gaps in literacy proficiency.

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racism, bias and other types of oppression embedded in traditional literacy approaches.

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all K-2 students to read, inclusive of identity.

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access to complex, grade-level text for all students in grade 3-12, inclusive of identity.

Hear from a Fellow

Lisa Britten shares how support from Leading Educators has pushed her team’s awareness around equity in literacy and curriculum.

The Experience

Teams of Equity Fellows take part in a range of dynamic learning structures to support ongoing learning, collaborative practice, and contextualization.

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Whole Group Learning & Practice Sharing

Three days of summer learning (two in June and one in August) focusing on both equity and content plus four Weekend Workshops; classroom visits, planning support, and feedback.

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School Team Coaching

Opportunities to receive on-site support around the shared goals in your building.

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Communities of Practice

Collaboration with educators across Kent County as well as purposeful, targeted collaboration within school teams.

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School and District Leader Support

Learning sessions designed to effectively bolster the knowledge and practice of teacher teams aligned to school priorities.

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“One of my biggest concerns is holding a deficit mindset and assuming that certain students are not ready for challenging content. I have learned how to recognize brilliance in my students and allow for different entry points into the content.”
2021-22 Fellow

Take the Next Step

Who is it for?

Teams of Kent ISD educators who are ready to harness their passion for educational opportunity and grow as leaders are encouraged to apply to be Equity Fellows. There is a limited number of teams that will be selected for this program. Selection will be determined through the application and interview process.

When does the program take place?

The program will run throughout the 2022-23 school year, from June 2022 – May 2023, and will provide teachers with a minimum of 40 SCECH-qualified hours. The learning takes place outside of the school day to ensure access to all educators. Access the calendar.

Is there a cost?

The Fellowship fee is $500 per person. Participants serving in historically underserved communities or in schools that are majority students of color are eligible for a discounted rate.

How do I apply?

Applications are now open through May 13. For more guidance about the application process, please review this handout.

  • Team interviews will be conducted via Zoom Meeting from May 13 to May 19.
  • All letters of acceptance will be delivered by May 22.

need more information?

Read through the materials from our recent open house below. For additional questions, please email Mary Kay Murphy at [email protected]

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Spread the word! Click the button below to download a one-page document that outlines the vision for the program, what the experience is like, and how interested educators can apply.

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