Early educators and those who care for young children from across the state will gather on Curry College’s campus on Saturday, May 7 for a one-day conference called, “The Power of Identity: Bringing Your Whole Self to the Classroom.” The conference, hosted by Curry and Little Sprouts, is devoted to learning more about anti-bias early education, responsive relationships, and the role of empathy and emotional intelligence in building optimal learning and working spaces.
“The conference will serve as an exploration of the many interactions early educators have with children–and how those interactions can support, respect, and affirm their identities. Ensuring early ed. classrooms are open, welcoming, and nurturing spaces for children in their most formative years is among the most vital work in our field,” said Dotty Alexander, Professor of Education and Director of DEEC & EI Credentialing at Curry.
Victor L Bradley Jr., anti-bias/racist education expert and keynote speaker for the conference said this is a unique opportunity to further extend the reach of his research and practices.
“My approach to teaching and learning has always focused on play-based classroom environments alongside a deep commitment to social justice, racial and gender rights, and economic fairness,” said Bradley. “Navigating these principles in a meaningful way can create difficult conversations for teachers at any point in their careers. It calls for a calm, cool, reassuring approach and I look forward to leaning on my 30 years of experience to bring the appropriate level of nuance and compassion.”
“The Power of Identity: Bringing Your Whole Self to the Classroom” is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place at Learning Commons 101 at Curry College, 1071 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, MA 02186. Ticket discounts are available for students and educators.
Full details are available on the event registration page.