Equity Through Our Children's Eyes
Addressing Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with Young Children
As our country engages in national conversations about structural racism, our children are watching and listening. They have questions and if they haven’t already, they will ask them. What they learn and how they think about topics like identity, race, differences, and racism depends on the ways in which we choose to engage with them. Below we’ve compiled resources specifically about engaging children productively in conversations about race as well as resources to support you in your work towards creating an anti-bias classroom.
Talking Race With Young Children: A Podcast by NPR
Listen to a podcast, hosted by NPR, that features symposium speaker, Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President of U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, and Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race. Through vignettes and specific examples, they outline 5 practical tips for how parents, caregivers, and educators can have productive, age-appropriate conversations with young children about racial identity and racism.
Published by National Public Radio
Talking About Race
Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism
A Sesame Town Hall Event
Big Bird and CNN joined together on Saturday June 6th for a nationally broadcasted conversation about standing up to racism. National experts and your favorite Sesame Street characters joined together to answer kids questions about racism, fairness, protests, and managing big feelings.
Hosted by CNN
Talking about Race: Our Children Are Not Colorblind
A National Museum of African American History and Culture Resource Hub
Understand the science behind how, when, and why children begin to develop race consciousness. Read for tips and strategies on how to talk openly about race in an age-appropriate way. Or explore more resources developed by the National Museum of African American History and Culture for different audiences, including educators, caregivers, and individuals committed to equity.
Published by The Smithsonian Institute
Conversations that Matter: Talking with Children About Big World Issues
A NAEYC Blog Post
Read the NAEYC blog post from Julie Olsen Edwards and Louise Derman-Sparks, co-authors of Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, about the importance of addressing important issues with young children. Rather than shying away from challenging topics, they provide four concrete strategies to guide a challenging conversation with a young child.
Publishing by The National Association for the Education of Young Children
We Know How This Story Ends: It’s Time to Share the Pen and Rewrite the Story
A 228 Accelerator Blog Post
In the time of coronavirus, our conversations around race and systemic inequities have changed. In this blog post, symposium speaker, Caroline Hill, pushes us to think about how we can cede power and include and amplify the voices of our Black and brown families as we think about creating our plans for re-opening our schools.
Published by 228 Accelerator
Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books
A Social Justice Books Resource
Books are an incredible teaching tool to start conversations and teach life lessons. In this article, Louise Derman Sparks, co-author of Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, reminds us about the implicit lessons that children learn from books and provides guidance on anti-bias criteria we can use to select books.
Published by Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project
Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms
A Conversation with the Authors
Listen to a webinar by Dr. Iheoma Iruka, Chief Research Officer at HighScope Educational Research Foundation, Dr. Stephanie M. Curenton, Associate Professor at Boston University, and Dr. Kerry-Ann Escayg, Assistant Professor at University of Nebraska-Omaha. In the webinar, they share learning and strategies from their new book, Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms, and encourage educators to think of themselves as social justice warriors for educational equity.
Hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Gryphon House
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