Sow, Nurture, Thrive: Cultivating Inclusion from Pre-K to College #PlantingSEADs


All students deserve to learn in a school environment that supports their social and emotional growth from pre-K to college. This is especially crucial for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds, who are disproportionately impacted by the pitfalls of a preexisting biased environment that does not consider the context in which students live.

When school and district leaders consider contexts like societal realities (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia), individual realities (e.g., socioeconomic status, family dynamics, experiences in schools, access to opportunities), and cultural backgrounds to support students, it all influences social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD).

“Social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) addresses the whole child/student, which means taking a holistic approach to supporting students within a positive school climate that creates learning spaces where students feel emotionally and mentally safe to be their authentic selves.”

What is SEAD?

Social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) addresses the whole child/student, which means taking a holistic approach to supporting students within a positive school climate that creates learning spaces where students feel emotionally and mentally safe to be their authentic selves.

Students want to learn in a safe environment but today, Black and Latino students are grappling with a host of issues that negatively impact their mental well-being. Gun violence, discriminatory school discipline practices, an unending student-debt burden, classroom censorship, and an increase in anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies, pose a constant threat to a safe and nurturing school climate.

To create physically safe and emotionally supportive environments for all students, schools and colleges must adopt evidence-based approaches. In this campaign, #PlantingSEADs, we are amplifying resources to support advocates, educators and school leaders in their efforts to cultivate an intentionally inclusive school environment from the P-12 to the higher-ed level. Learn more and share the resources below.

Honest History and Anti-DEI Bills

@edtrust There has always been representation in curricula & that representation is predominantly White. In a study that looked at 300 books, we found that almost 1/2 of the people of color centered in these books were stereotyped. That's why we created a new book tool for representational balance to help curriculum publishers understand how people, groups & topics are represented in material. Check it out here: #teachersoftiktok#BookBans #representationmatters ♬ original sound - The Education Trust
@edtrust Anti-#Woke and anti-#CriticalRaceTheory legislation is not just an issue for the state of #Florida, says state Sen. Shevrin D. Jones. These kinds of legislation have devastating implications for the entire country. #fyp ♬ original sound - The Education Trust

Teaching Honest History graphicTeaching Honest History

As Ed Trust continues to fight against this so-called anti-CRT movement, we’ve gathered a diverse set of voices who discuss this hot-button issue—from an education historian, to former teachers and former students in the public school system, and others.

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A collage of book covers and descriptionsCan’t Be Erased

Our campaign, “Can’t Be Erased” (#CantBeErased) highlights the importance of the various banned books by Black, LGBTQ+, and Latino authors, and how a continuous move towards repression is ultimately regressive education.

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A graphic collage with children reading books and images of books on a shelfThe Search for More Complex Racial and Ethnic Representation in Grade School Books

To prepare all students to function in a multicultural world, to build intellectual skills for addressing tomorrow’s problems, to push back against a growing censorship movement, and to advocate for authentic racial representation in books, Ed Trust offers six recommendations to move curricula development toward representational balance.

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Students walking across a college campusHow Colleges’ Anti-DEI Policies Affect Campus Racial Climate

Students of color often experience college differently than their White peers because of the negative attitudes, behavior, and practices that some peers and faculty have toward students of color due to their race and/or ethnicity.

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Higher Education

Partner Resources

A black girl standing holding a notebook with a backdrop of images of civil rights heroes behind herWord in Black

Lost Innocence: The Adultification of Black Children

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Rise Up for LGBTQ+ Youth: Back to School 2023

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National Alliance for Mental Illness

Tips For Easing Back-to-School Anxiety

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Male child sitting Indian style in library aisle and reading a bookUnite Against Book Bans

Speak Out Against Book Bans in Your Community

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Black female teacher smiling at front of music classroomNational Council on Teacher Quality

Policies to Increase Teacher Diversity

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A Black male teacher teaching a Black ale studentOne Million Teachers of Color (1MToC)

Championing a Stronger, More Diverse Educator Workforce

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So All Students Thrive

Rethinking Layoff Policy to Protect Teacher Diversity

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A female teacher holding up an illustration in front of seated studentsNew America

National Scan of Pathways to Becoming a First-Time Teacher

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Parent with Child Trying to Work on a LaptopGeneration Hope

Higher Together: The Impact of a College Degree for Young Parents

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Female teacher instructing a student holding a paperUnidos US

Analyzing Inclusion of Latino Contributions in U.S. History Curricula for High School

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