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Uncovering Black Joy in ECE Settings (Part 2)

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Photo of a mural on a tall building of a girl smiling.
Descripition of the Black Joy Series: 
Four (4) sessions in the series, 2 hours each
  • Understanding and responding to issues of racism and injustice in ECE programs
  • Understand the urgency to support and uplift Black children in ECE settings
  • Connecting and relating to Black families in meaningful, supportive ways.
  • Disrupting the “Status Quo” to support the learning/development for Black children.
  • Understanding biases, reflecting on upbringing/experiences, understanding social intersectionality, and cultivating empowering narratives.
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. 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.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. 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.
Facilitated by Deminika Spears Times: 10am-12pmDates: (Saturdays) September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 10.The sessions will be in English only.**Meets the ELS requirement for professional development on Anti-Bias and Equity*Please note we will be offering optional PLCs after session 1:Times:  6:30-8pmDates: September 20, October 18, November 22, December 13, and December 20, 2022
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October 15
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

“I think our staff really benefited from all the training. All the trainings allowed the staff to explore and think differently and keep up-to-date….”

-Helen Lao, Co-Director, Little Footprints Preschool