Educators: Are You Modeling Inclusive Behaviors – or Unintentionally Transferring Biases?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • 10:57am
Fact: Young children base decisions on intuition, and early childhood educators who model inclusive behaviors positively impact our future by fighting bias. Are you?
On April 17, the American Conference on Diversity will empower educators to create learning environments where differences are embraced. With funding from the PNC Foundation, we will conduct our free one-day Anti-Bias Institute for early childhood educators, childcare providers, and students majoring in early childhood education who are nearing completion of their coursework. Open to institutions in Central New Jersey, this event will be held at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, 357 New Brunswick Ave. in Perth Amboy, N.J., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating is limited.
Titled “Learning the ABC’s: Implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms,” our course will help you:
►Gain greater awareness of your own biases and how they can unintentionally be transferred to young children in your care
►Increase your knowledge of multicultural education
►Enhance your ability to work toward change
►Develop concrete skills to bring back to your workplace
“At what age should children start learning about diversity? As early as possible,” says the American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “To combat bias within our society, it’s critically important that early childhood educators create classrooms where students discover a healthy relationship with diversity and set an empowering tone for a future of embracing diversity!”
Our Anti-Bias Institute facilitators use instruction, facilitated dialogue, small group discussion, and other self-assessment tools to help you effectively combat bias. Instructors will include American Conference on Diversity’s Pam Harris, Director of Education & Evaluation, and Bari Katz, Director of Youth/Collegiate Services.
What participants said about last year’s Anti-Bias Institute:
“The experiences I had…made me challenge my own assumptions and my own prejudiced thinking.”
“It raised my knowledge tremendously on the subject of multicultural education.”
“This session provided me with skills to work toward change in a multicultural curriculum in my program.”
“It gave me knowledge and ideas that I can use with the families I work with.”
Advance registration required. To register, visit http://AntibiasInstitute.kintera.org or call 732-745-9330. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. ET February 22.
About the American Conference on Diversity
The programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity, which has been serving schools, organizations, workplaces, and communities in New Jersey since 1948, builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates eight chapters to help us to educate and empower leaders and bring our messages of inclusion and respect to communities throughout New Jersey: Atlantic County Chapter, Bayonne Chapter, Central Jersey Chapter, Essex County Chapter, Greater Bergen Chapter, Hudson County Chapter, Jersey Shore Chapter, and Mercer County Chapter. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.