ADL welcomed back pre-school and early childhood educators from across Los Angeles for day two of the Bias-Free Foundations Conference on June 27, made possible through the support of First 5 LA and the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.
Following a very successful first day of the conference earlier this month, conference participants were asked to return to their pre-schools and early childhood education centers to try out the activities, strategies and resources they received on day one. Activities were drawn from the Early Childhood Guidebook and Activities for Educators, which features characters from the world-famous Sesame Workshop®, creators of Sesame Street®. Day two focused on reporting back on implementation and gaining further assistance so that important changes to promote bias-free learning environments are sustained.
Here is just some of the feedback and participants’ action steps after day two of the Bias-Free Foundations Conference:
“The most salient aspect of this training is the objective for educators to deepen the cultural connections with their students and families in order to increase cultural responsiveness and intentional teaching that maximizes learning for student success both in the classroom and in the larger society. The process may be slow and on-going; however, by empowering one teacher at a time diversity of in our schools can be utilized as a strength rather than viewed as a challenge.”
“We go to conferences and you get the materials in the bags, but then you leave them in the bags. With this conference, I had to take the materials out of the bag and use them right away!”
“I will encourage teachers I coach to incorporate language which is more inclusive and encourage activities which create an environment where all children and families feel safe. I am also planning to be more aware of my language.”
“I’m planning to meet with the disabilities, mental health and education areas to go over all the materials that I received during these two days. Thank you for sharing. It was great workshop and I’m looking forward to many more.”
Day two of the conference also focused on ways to engage families and caregivers with the material from the Miller Early Childhood Initiative of ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. While the Bias- Free Foundations Conference focused on skill-building for educators, it is vitally important that young minds grow up in bias-free homes too. To those ends, ADL also offers trainings and resources for the parents and families of little ones in both English and Spanish.
Examples of activities are available for free by clicking here
To schedule or sponsor a Miller Initiative training in the Pacific Southwest Region, contact Dave Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 446-4233. Continuing education units are available for educators, and all programs and resources for families are available in Spanish.