In this interactive session, participants will explore strategies for building anti-bias early childhood learning communities through an expansive view of inclusion. Drawing on experiences as an inclusive classroom teacher, teacher educator, and early childhood special education researcher, the presenter will provide an anti-bias framework and equity-driven practical strategies for supporting all young children to develop positive identities, celebrate human diversity, recognize unfairness, and take action for social justice. Participants will examine how their own identities and experiences influence their responses when challenging topics arise in the classroom, and will practice using an anti-bias framework to address these challenges as teachable moments. Participants will also have opportunities for discussion and questions.
January 30, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Haring Center, UW
Instructor Bio: Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Beneke is an assistant professor in Early Childhood Special Education in the College of Education at University of Washington. Her scholarship focuses on increasing access for young children and families from diverse backgrounds to inclusive, equitable education. She is a former early childhood/primary grade teacher in both public and private inclusive settings.