How to Talk About Race with Children of Color
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This workshop is designed for families and caregivers of children of color under the age of 8.
Research shows that most young children are noticing racial differences, experiencing racism, and beginning to develop their own theories about the racial inequities they see in the world around them. How can we support children of color to develop healthy racial identities?
Knowing that society today looks different than the society we experienced as children, how do we equip them with the skills they'll need to thrive into the future?
How do we prepare children of color to successfully navigate the world as it is, while protecting their right to a joyful childhood?
In this workshop we will explore the experiences and questions that young children bring as well as research and best practices that can support these conversations.
Megan Pamela Ruth Madison is an early childhood caregiver, educator, scholar, and activist based in New York City. She began her career working as an assistant in a Waldorf elementary school and went on to become a lead teacher in a Head Start preschool classroom. Now, as a doctoral candidate, she works part-time as a trainer with The Center for Racial Justice in Education and the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, facilitating workshops on race, gender, and sexuality for teachers and families.
Megan serves on the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (or NAEYC) after several years leading the association's Diversity & Equity Interest Forum. In that role, she worked to build a network of early childhood professionals around the country passionate about social justice. She holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from Dominican University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in social policy at Brandeis University. Her dissertation research examines the impact of “colorblind” policymaking on the racial diversity and equity of the early care and education teaching workforce.
Megan lives in Harlem with her partner and fellow early childhood education/ed policy nerd, Ruben Brosbe. Together, they love reading, eating, and volunteering with the Jewish Multiracial Network, Bend the Arc, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.