Implementing Anti-Bias Education at School and at Home - PAC Winter Lecture

Mon, Feb 28, 2022, 7pm-8:30pm PT

Please join us for a panel discussion on how to implement anti-bias education at school & at home, with expert early childhood educators!

How do we teach our children to feel pride in their identities, embrace diversity, recognize unfairness, and act toward justice? These are the goals of anti-bias education. As adults in the lives of children, we have the opportunity to respond to children's questions, start conversations, and create environments that support children's civic exploration and growth. Please join us in a panel discussion to have your questions answered about how to implement anti-bias education at school and at home.

Presenters

Debbie LeeKeenan is lecturer, consultant and author. She has been in the field of early education for over 50 years. She is a former preschool, special education, and elementary school teacher. She was director of the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts University from 1996 to 2013. She has been a member of the early childhood faculty at Tufts University, Lesley University and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Debbie is a co-producer of the new award winning film, Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years, released in April 2021. Her co-authored books include: From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program and Leading Anti-bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change. She is a Chinese -American of immigrant parents, and part of a multi-racial family. Her work has been published in numerous journals and books, including Young Children and Child Care Exchange.

Jamie Cho is faculty in the Early Learning and Teacher Education program at Bellevue College. She has five years experience as a parent educator through Seattle Central College and Bellevue College. She holds a Ph.D. in special education from U.C. Berkeley and her research has focused on cultural beliefs around parenting, and home-and-school connections. Jamie has worked previously as an early interventionist with young children with autism spectrum disorder as well as served as an educational researcher at UCLA and teacher educator at California State Universities. She lives in Bellevue WA with her husband and three children, ages 13,11 and 8.

Julie Bisson (she/her) has been teaching and learning in the field of early childhood education for more than 35 years. She has 20 years' experience leading early learning programs and has been the director of Epiphany Early Learning in Seattle since 2011. Julie holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education with specializations in child care and adult teaching. As a consultant Julie speaks on topics such as anti-bias education, including holidays in early learning programs, and directing child care and preschool programs. Julie is the author of Celebrate! An Anti-Bias Guide to Including Holidays in Early Learning Programs as well as several articles. You can learn more about their anti-bias work at Epiphany Early Learning by watching the video Reflecting on Anti-Bias Education in Action: The Early Years.

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