Equity and Early Literacy

$200.00

Dates: March 7 - April 4
July 4 - July 31
October 3 - October 30

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Equity and Early Literacy will explore the development of racial awareness and young children - with a focus on implicit bias and other cognitive biases, research about bias ingroup/outgroup bias in babies and young children, and ways to foster belonging with our youngest learners through high-quality children’s literature and equitable storytime practices. Participants will gain an understanding of the most current research and best practices to reduce bias in young learners and action-oriented ways to ensure equity is embedded in storytimes, literacy engagement, and family programming. This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

Equity and Early Literacy will explore the development of racial awareness and young children – with a focus on implicit bias and other cognitive biases, research about bias ingroup/outgroup bias in babies and young children, and ways to foster belonging with our youngest learners through high-quality children’s literature and equitable storytime practices.

Participants will gain an understanding of the most current research and best practices to reduce bias in young learners and action-oriented ways to ensure equity is embedded in storytimes, literacy engagement, and family programming.

This course will cover the following:

  • Development of racial awareness and young children – with a focus on young children and ingroup/outgroup bias and understanding why it is so important to offer diverse programming, storytimes, and to create opportunities for positive experiences with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Research about how many parents, caregivers, and educators do not talk to children about race and strengths-based ways to approach conversations about race Identifying and celebrating our differences during storytime – practicing talking about race as we read board books, picture books, and read alouds.
  • Learning how to positively notice and affirm our physical, cultural, and diverse family structures
  • Co-creating family programming that centers our most underserved children and families with a focus on culturally sustaining programming, and digital resources that can support access for families of young children

This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Janet Damon

Janet DamonJanet R. Damon is the Library Services Specialist for Denver Public Schools. She has more than twenty years of experience as a teacher-librarian and educator in urban schools. She leads professional development for librarians and library staff in a school district serving 93.000 students and over 200+ schools. Her work focuses on culturally responsive libraries, co-designed family programming, whole child supports, and trauma-informed practices in the library. She was named a 2020 Mover and Shaker Change Agent by Library Journal and recognized as Leadership Lamp Awardee in Denver Public Schools.

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Special Session

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