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Creating Equitable Early Learning Programs

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Dr. Ebonyse P. Mead, President, Educational Equity Institute; and Dr. Tameka Ardrey, Founder, Bridging the Gap Early Education Consulting
Moderated by Jennifer Lewis, President, Gryphon House, Inc.

Sponsored by Gryphon House

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Addressing the unique learning needs of culturally diverse students requires a paradigm shift in the way we teach and care for young children. Adopting anti-racist perspectives and anti-bias pedagogies allows early childhood educators, leaders, and policymakers to create equitable early learning environments that are responsive to the needs of culturally diverse learners. By the end of this edWebinar, viewers are able to:

  • Identify inequities in early childhood that impact the outcomes of children of color
  • Explain the rationale for creating equitable early learning programs
  • Describe the importance of culturally responsive family engagement in early childhood
  • Identify ways to incorporate culturally responsive anti-bias practices to improve instruction and promote positive racial identity development

Creating equitable learning programs requires teachers, administrators, and support staff to have a deep understanding of the racial inequities that children of color experience. To do that, educators must deconstruct anti-Black racism and whiteness in educational settings as these concepts serve as the root causes of the racial disparities and biases present within early childhood education. As early childhood professionals concerned with the well-being of the whole child, we have a responsibility to create learning environments where all children feel affirmed, safe, and welcome regardless of their skin color, hair texture, language, socioeconomic background, etc.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to early childhood teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, education technology leaders, and other professionals working with young children and families.

Ebonyse MeadAbout the Presenters

Ebonyse Mead, Ed.D. is the President of the Educational Equity Institute. Dr. Mead is an educator, writer, presenter, and trainer with a focus on examining structural barriers to educational equity and culturally responsive instruction for the early childhood workforce.

Tameka ArdreyDr. Tameka Ardrey is the Founder of Bridging the Gap Early Education Consulting and is currently the Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Education Program Coordinator at Georgia Southern University. With more than ten years of dedicated service to the early childhood field as an educator, professional development specialist, and program director, she is committed to enhancing the early care and education experiences of young African American children and their families. Dr. Ardrey has authored several publications addressing issues of cultural diversity and social inequities within the early education field. Additionally, she has had the privilege of sharing her work through presentations and speaking engagements both nationally and internationally.

Jennifer LewisAbout the Moderator

Jennifer Lewis is the President at Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational resources for teachers and parents.

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Gryphon HouseGryphon House, Inc. is an award-winning publisher of early childhood resources for teachers and parents.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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