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Training Type: Online Real Time

Total Hours: 2

Cost: $ 25

Scholarship: Yes

Contact Information:

Chani Krech
(802) 234-1090

Anti-Bias Education is for Each and Every Child and Educator: Insights and Strategies from Pioneering Anti-Bias Educators Deb Norris

Special Topics: Advanced Specialized Care ,
Sponsor: Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children
Instructor: Louise Derman-Sparks and Debbie LeeKeenan

Anti-bias education is essential to early childhood education, but it is sometimes unclear how to put it in practice in majority or exclusively white programs. In this plenary, pioneering anti-bias education practitioners Louise Derman-Sparks and Debbie LeeKeenan will offer their thoughts on the need for and goals of anti-bias education for white children. They will offer specific issues and strategies about how best to guide white children to a positive identity that does not rest on prejudice and includes the desire and confidence to stand up for fairness. This presentation will also discuss issues of identity and empowerment for children of color. The presenters will explore the specific roles of teachers in anti-bias work, be it with white children and/or children of color. This plenary session will conclude with a panel of Vermont early childhood educators who are currently implementing anti-bias education in their programs.

Core Knowledge Area
  • Families & Communities
  • How We Teach
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool/PreK
  • Program Directors/Managers
Session Dates
Session Times
September 29, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Additional Information

This plenary session is part of the virtual 2021 Early Childhood Education Annual Conference, presented by VTAEYC. The registration fee is $25 for non-members and $10 for VTAEYC members and Head Start staff. This fee includes the Anti-Bias and Equity plenary session on Sept. 29 and a follow up workshop session on Sept. 30. The conference will include two more virtual sessions this fall: Advancing Early Childhood Education as a Profession on October 20th and 21st and Mental Health for Early Childhood Educators on November 8th and 9th. All sessions are offered online in real-time and eligible for professional development hours, approved by Northern Lights at CCV. For more information, please visit the conference webpage: https://www.vtaeyc.org/early-education-annual-conference/