The 19th Annual Early Years Conference focus is Social Justice in Early Learning and Care.

Social justice in early childhood education is about ensuring that all children and families receive the educational and social opportunities responsive to their cultural identity. High quality programs put social justice teaching front and center by prioritizing anti-bias and culturally sensitive teaching.

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On Friday and/or Saturday you will need to log in to your Sched profile and pull up your schedule to see your workshop titles. Click on the workshop to view description, presenter information, view documents and access the Zoom link. Zoom links for each workshop will appear below each workshop title 10 minutes before that workshop is scheduled to begin on each day of the conference. Simply click on the link below the title to enter the virtual workshop. (No links will be emailed to you, you must log into your Sched account to access all Zoom links.)

Some workshops will have documents affiliated with the training you are attending. These documents are available immediately for you if they are on your schedule. It is suggested that prior to the conference, you download to your computer and/or print any documents you are interested in so that you can easily access them during the conference.

Early Years 2022 Digital Event Program

Participants will receive 6 PD hours per day. Their hours will be added into the Workforce Registry between 1 to 4 weeks after the conference. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion – but will not be asked to upload this certificate to the Workforce Registry.

Please contact Kelly Slocum at kelly.slocum@sdcoe.net for conference support. Also, visit our Early Years webpage at Early Years > Home (sdcoe.net).

Friday, March 11 • 9:35am - 11:00am
Implicit Bias and the "White Savior" Mindset FILLING

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Our early learning communities’ benefit from the diversity of our population regarding race, culture, abilities, gender, language, and social class.  As our country comes to grips with the inequities of "our systems", it is critical to recognize we each make up "the system." For children to find success throughout their lifetime, they must be steeped in environments that recognize and address bias and relinquish a common perspective of "savior", especially to those who are underserved.  In this session, participants will deepen their understanding of one's own implicit bias, and regardless of cultural or race, understand and engage in a discussion regarding "white savior" syndrome. As leaders, participants will explore how one's own experience and lens impacts the policies and practice we often take for granted and that may negatively impact children and their families.

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Neva Bandelow

Co-founder/CEO, Center for Leadership Equity and Research in Early Leaning (CLEREL)
Anti-bias, anti-racist leadership, policies, and practices.
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Brooke Giesen

Chief Communications Officer, CLEREL

Friday March 11, 2022 9:35am - 11:00am PST