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Uncovering Black Joy in ECE Settings: Honoring Black Children in ECE

May 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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About this event


1. Understanding and responding to issues of racism and injustice in ECE programs.

2. Understand the urgency to support and uplift Black children in ECE settings.

3. Connecting and relating to Black families in meaningful, supportive ways.

4. Disrupting the “Status Quo” to support the learning/development for Black children.

5. Understanding biases, reflecting on upbringing/experiences, understanding social intersectionality, and cultivating empowering narratives.

Topics by Dates

MAY 29 -Session 1: Introduction to the Series: Why Now/ Urgency for Action

To move forward, we have to understand our past. This session will help to unpack some of the historical events that have shaped society today. Participants will understand why there needs to be a series dedicated to uncovering Black Joy in ECE settings.

JUNE 19 -Session 2: Reimagining Learning to Highlight “Gifts” of the Child

In honor of Juneteenth, this session will highlight and celebrate Black culture. Participants will learn more about how to incorporate the many “gifts” of the Black child in classroom spaces, while affirming their social identity.

July 10 -Session 3: The Impact of Stress and Brain Development- Pedagogical Approach to Support Classroom Learning

We have to understand and make the connection between teaching and learning. Participants will learn more about the “impact” of stress on brain development. Participants will learn how this modification can then affect the way information is received and processed in classroom spaces. Participants will understand the pedagogical approach to support Black children in academic spaces to support achievement.

JULY 24 -Session 4: Recognizing and Understanding Culture/ Family Values and Effective Partnerships with Families

Families are the child’s first teacher. To move this work forward, we have to collaborate and partner with families. Participants will understand the importance of partnering with Black families to support the Black child.

Facilitator: Deminika Spears


May 29, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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