Posts Tagged "diversity education"

Skills for Welcoming Difference – Part II

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Changing White Mind, For Educators, Race & Culture | 5 comments

Skills for Welcoming Difference – Part II

Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of speaking with a wonderful group of parents, teachers and community members at the Bush School in Seattle. Following my presentation, “Mirrors and Lenses: A Conversation About Race,” we had a question and answer session during which participants shared some tips for navigating difference: – A kindergarten teacher described the name activity with which the year begins each September. Each day one student is selected to share the story of his or her name, how the name was chosen, and what it means. The name activity is paired with a...

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Skills for Welcoming Difference, Part I

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: Path of Stars, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Race & Culture | 1 comment

Skills for Welcoming Difference, Part I

During our “New Neighbors” presentation at International Reading Association (see previous post) we discussed skills for welcoming new arrivals. Such skills can be consciously chosen as effective strategies for interacting across culture, race and other difference; adopted as guidelines for individuals or groups; used as evaluation criteria for projects and events; and modeled for others. Here are a few: 1. “How Fascinating!” When author Margy Burns Knight and I present our book, Africa is Not a Country, to young elementary students, we frequently hear a similar...

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When We Don’t Talk About Race with Children

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | 3 comments

When We Don’t Talk About Race with Children

Just read a fascinating article in The Nation about how young adults ages 18-30 think about race in this country. A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that, “a solid majority of white Millennials, 56 percent, say that government has paid too much attention to the problems of blacks and other minorities. An even larger majority, 58 percent, say that ‘discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.'” Columnist Jamelle Bouie, expressing his puzzlement at “how anyone could plausibly say...

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Connecting Kids to Their World

Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: Welcoming Babies, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Connecting Kids to Their World

Connecting Kids to Their World

For our April six-school tour in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, author Margy Burns Knight and I were presenting on our five nonfiction books about differences. The most recent of these titles, Africa Is Not A Country, was published in 2000, so we wanted to connect the information in our books with current world news.  We created slide shows of recent events and people related to the content of our books. For instance, showing images from several of the African countries who celebrate their independence holidays in April, we talked about how those were like birthdays for countries. ...

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