Diversity and Inclusion: Best Practices, Challenging Ideas, and Improved Service
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Date: Friday, March 15, 2013 – Friday, April 19, 2013
Course #: INCLUSION
Time: 9 a.m. - Noon
Credit Available: See below.
Every child deserves to grow and learn in safe, supportive environments, and early childhood educators and professionals have a duty to create and sustain such environments. In this series, participants will explore best practices as related to the DEC/NAEYC recommendations for improving early childhood services. In addition to exploring inclusion as related to the ability of the young child, this series also invites participants to learn about inclusion and diversity as related to gender identity and sexual orientation. Participants may enroll in the entire series, or in individual sessions.
with Natalie Danner, Ph.D., Catherine Corr, Ph.D.
Friday, February 15, 2013 | 9 a.m. - Noon
This workshop will help participants create and sustain inclusive early care and education programs for children birth to five years. Specific attention will be paid to addressing the needs of diverse children, families, and early care and education providers through the use and evaluation of evidence-based practices. Participants will leave the session with the most up-to-date research on inclusive early childhood settings.Register only for this course »
with Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D.
Friday, April 19, 2013 | 9 a.m. - Noon
Families headed by gay and lesbian parents often feel underserved by, or even invisible to, child care and school systems. In order to create a healthy home-school connection and properly include all children, care providers and teachers must become better informed about the wide range of variables that impact gay and lesbian parents and their children. Moreover, it is important that child development professionals accurately understand current research in the developmental and educational outcomes of children from gay- and lesbian-headed households, and to consider these research findings in the context of their work. Together participants will consider changes in their practice that can be easily made in order for all children and their families to feel safe and fully included.Register only for this course »
with Robin Frisch, M.S.
Saturday, August 17, 2013 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
In this expanded workshop (originally offered Winter 2013), early childhood educators and professionals will explore how to create a positive, enriching preschool experience for a child that is gender variant. Using real classroom experiences, participants will discuss how to facilitate peer understanding and acceptance of a gender variant classmate in the early childhood setting, as well as ways to promote gender-neutralizing toys, colors, and clothing. Parent education will be discussed, and participants will leave with an enhanced understanding of creating an atmosphere of caring, respect, and acceptance for all children, while encouraging them to embrace and celebrate their individuality.
This class has ended.