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Exploring Anti-Racist Pedagogy

September 24, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In the current global state, and in our work with children and families, it is important that we create safe spaces to respectfully discuss race, racism, and reconciliation. As stated by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (n.d.), “Remaining passive is no longer an option. Engaging in difficult or uncomfortable conversations is the new expectation.”

In an effort to promote positive social change within our community, we welcome you to join Heather Dennhardt, Alex Malachowski, and Jodi Corbett in taking action to examine and transform our racial knowledge and anti-racist identities.

Using the rules of engagement below, we aspire to create regular opportunities for critical thinking, dialogue, and reflection around race, racism, and reconciliation. We will begin with a conversation about the article, Exploring anti-racism in early childhood education: Teacher identity and classroom practices. Together, we will begin this important work by exploring questions such as:

  • What is race and racism?
  • What are the social effects of race?
  • What factors have shaped my racial beliefs and attitudes?

To participate in this conversation, take a few minutes to read the article and e-mail early.years@tbdssab.ca to register.

Article: Exploring Anti-Racism in ECE by Kerry-Ann Escayg

Rules of Engagement: Creating a Safe Space for Dialogue

(read the full Inclusive Workplace Guide here: https://ccdi.ca/media/2316/20200819-ccdi-inclusive-workplace-guide-creating-a-safe-space-for-dialogue-on-antiracism-final.pdf)

 » Assume positive intent; we are all doing our best, to the best of our abilities, with the knowledge that we have.

» It is okay to make mistakes; be humble if you do make a mistake.

» Recognize and value the experiences, abilities, and knowledge each person brings to

the discussion.

» Practice active listening – listen to understand, not to respond. Ask clarifying questions.

» Avoid interrupting.

» Pause and think through your comments before you make them.

» Never make derogatory comments toward another member or make sexist, racist, homophobic, ableist or victim-blaming comments

» Challenge ideas not people. Never demean or embarrass a person.

» Be open to being challenged or confronted on your ideas or prejudices.

(Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, n.d.)


September 24, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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