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Racial Equity Leadership Network

Racial Equity Leadership Network

The Racial Equity Leadership Network (RELN) is an 18-month fellowship program for district leaders who are committed to addressing persistent disparities in their systems and ensuring that race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status are not predictors of student success. Each cohort of RELN fellows is composed of executive leaders from school districts in the South who attend convenings focused on essential levers for equity-centered leadership and system transformation. Over the course of the program, fellows assemble a district team, identify a unique equity challenge, and develop an action plan to address it in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders. Fellows and their districts also receive customized coaching to support the planning and implementation of their action plans

More information about the Racial Equity Leadership Network, network benefits, and how to apply are available on the Southern Education Foundation website. Learn more


RELN was launched with support from the Atlantic Philanthropies. Core operating support for the Learning Policy Institute is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Heising-Simons Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Raikes Foundation, Sandler Foundation, Skyline Foundation, and MacKenzie Scott. We are grateful to them for their generous support.


RELN is led by the Southern Education Foundation, the Learning Policy Institute, and the National Equity Project.