seeding disruption


The Seeding Disruption Fellowship helps educators and youth-facing professionals in DC use equity-driven design thinking to solve specific problems in their work.

about the fellowship

Educational entities are at best blind to, and at worst actively advancing, racial inequities. The Seeding Disruption Fellowship seeks to intentionally disrupt patterns of inequity in ways that will contribute to the dismantling of existing systems and rebuilding of more equitable ones.

The Seeding Disruption Fellowship brings together a diverse group of leaders in Washington, DC, from organizations doing work in PK–12 education and in intersecting fields. Over the course of 13 months, participants develop their skills and knowledge as leaders for equity; build community across racial difference, organizations, and fields; and generate, seed, and catalyze disruptive practices for purpose of dismantling systems of racial inequity in Washington, DC. The group centers its work on students, though participants come to that shared focus from a range of perspectives. Our pilot cohort of 24 participants began its work in 2017.

Seeding Disruption is a co-creation of Michelle Molitor and Abigail Smith. Michelle and Abigail have a combined 35+ years in public education, most of that in Washington, DC. They bring extensive perspective and experience that spans teaching, school leadership, non-profit management, and high-level school district and local government leadership in DC. Seeding Disruption’s inaugural cohort was generously funded by Education Forward DC. 

Applications for the third cohort of the Seeding Disruption Fellowship are due May 31, 2019. Apply today!