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Leading for Equity in Complex Systems

  • National Equity Project Headquarters 1720 Broadway, 4th Floor Oakland, CA 94612 (map)

Event Details

Whether it’s implementing a district-wide equity initiative, addressing disproportionality in discipline, addressing disproportionality in discipline, or redesigning entire schools, many education leaders approach their system’s challenges and change initiatives as complicated problems to solve. But equity challenges are more than complicated – they are complex – so emergent solutions must be found through dynamic interactions of diverse people and networks working together.  Leaders in complex systems must be skilled at balancing both technical and relational approaches.

This two-day seminar will help you to think, engage, and act differently about your work: to expand your equity consciousness and move beyond a perpetual (and often reactive) task list toward more dynamic approaches to problem solving and decision-making. Explore process and planning tools that can match the level of complexity in your situation and context. Consider how to link your day-to-day activities with your long-term vision of equity, even in a changing and unpredictable world.


Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the inherent tensions, contradictions and uncertainty in leading for equity in complex systems
  • Use a complex systems and systemic oppression lens to assess your system’s opportunities and challenges
  • Learn a framework and approach for problem-identification, decision-making, and taking action in your system
  • Reflect on your own leadership, given your identity, role, and responsibilities — and generate ideas about possible next moves regarding an equity challenge you are facing.

Who Should Attend 

District Office Managers & Directors, Program Directors, School Leaders, Board Members – anyone charged with implementing significant initiatives or projects involving multiple people and groups.

Participants are strongly encouraged to come with colleagues from the same context.



National Equity Project Headquarters
1720 Broadway, 4th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612  |  Directions
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Cost and Registration

The cost is $700/participant, which includes two days of instruction, breakfast, lunch, and a resource book.

Cancellation Policy: We offer a full refund for registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to the event start date. In the event that you register and do not attend, you are still responsible for full payment. To cancel registration or to make arrangements for substitution, contact Dana Fitchett at


Contact or ph: (510) 208-0160

Earlier Event: September 28
MCLE Seminar on Implicit Bias
Later Event: September 30
Equity and Social Justice Institute