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Location: Statewide

Training Type: Online Real Time

Total Hours: 2

Cost: $ 25

Scholarship: No

Contact Information:

Chani Krech
(802) 234-1090

Having Brave Conversations with Children About Identities, Diversity, and Fairness Deb Norris

Special Topics: Advanced Specialized Care ,
Sponsor: Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children
Instructor: Debbie LeeKeenan

Young children notice and are curious about the diversity among people and create their own ideas about differences. They pay attention to the positive or negative values adults assign to specific ways of being—and begin to learn socially -prevailing stereotypes and prejudice. As caring and responsible adults, we must not leave young children alone as they try to figure out complex issues that matter to themselves, to their families, to their communities—indeed to all of us. So, how do we talk with young children about who they are, who others are, and about individual fairness and societal justice? This workshop will provide opportunities to reflect on our ideas and feelings about having brave conversations with young children, as well as identify a range of strategies and skills. Real scenarios will offer provocations to develop and strengthen our skills to initiate and guide the conversations that are a vital part of anti-bias education.

Core Knowledge Area
  • Family & Community Partnerships
  • Developmentally Appropriate & Inclusive Practices
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool/PreK
  • Program Directors/Managers
Session Dates
Session Times
September 30, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Additional Information

This workshop 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 (offered at 10 am or 6 pm). 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/