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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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
Shifting Power in the Early Childhood Setting LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

How do we create opportunities for early learners to feel connected and develop a sense that they matter?  How do we work together to create safe and engaging spaces where young children can develop a sense of self and their place within the community?  This requires exploring the systems which perpetuate inequity and intentionally fighting against recreating these unjust systems in our programs.  This workshop will introduce participants to strategies for creating strong learning communities that heal instead of harm.  Together we’ll explore structures of power and then practice intentional ways of creating youth voice and choice.  You’ll learn strategies you can use right away to support preschoolers developing agency, learning to use their voice, and being in a relationship with others. Join us if you are an early childhood educator and want to build a classroom community that disrupts traditional models of power.

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Aaron Norikane

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Aaron Norikane (he/him) has been working to support quality youth programs in the Seattle area for over 30 years. He has been a tireless advocate for creating strong connections and supportive systems for all young people. Working as an after school provider, program director, substitute... Read More →
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Jen Giomi

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
I'm a facilitator for Sound Discipline and the faculty coordinator and a parent educator for South Seattle College Cooperative Parent Education and Preschool Program.

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