Breaking Bias: Creating a culture of diversity
Program: Infants-School Age
Creating a culture of diversity in your classroom requires more than just multi-cultural materials, books and posters. Biases are developed during infancy and toddlerhood when learning happens unconsciously. We will take a look at how these hidden messages are formed and what we can do to change them. We will offer practical guidance and provide opportunities to practice using the language of diversity.
Effective Parent Partnerships
Programs: Infants-Preschool (Can be customized for each program)
The role of the parent is to advocate for their child. This advocacy can come in many forms and can sometimes generate conflict between caregivers, teachers, and parents. In this session we will discuss the important role of parents, how to respond appropriately to inappropriate parents, and how to develop effective partnerships were both parties are respected and actively working for the good of the child.
Sometimes we feel like the work that we do goes unnoticed and we can feel that our part in the world is quite small. What we forget is that the interactions we have with children, families, and our coworkers everyday have a huge impact! Every day we have the chance to make a difference in the lives of young children and families. It is up to us to ensure that we focus our attention on the good things around us and direct our time and energy to having powerful interactions with the people in our lives. Spend time in the class reflecting on the interactions in the workplace that come very easy to you and also the ones that can sometimes feel like a challenge. Leave with ideas of how to communicate better using dollar store props. Don’t miss this. We are going to have a great time together!
This class is based off the book Powerful Interactions by Amy Dombro and the
poem, Brighten the Corner Where You Are by Helen Steiner Rice.
Recognize, Respond, Report – Working to Prevent Child Abuse
This interactive session provides the necessary information to help all early childhood professionals work to prevent child abuse. This session helps recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, provides practice in the ways to respond to suspected abuse and neglect, and offers the opportunity to role play reporting suspected child abuse.