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Culturally Relevant Teaching in Early Childhood Classrooms (Web Seminar Mini-Series)

As a special component of the 2016-2017 NCTE monthly webinar series, Cultivating the Change-Makers We Want to See in the World, this mini-series is hosted by the current cohort of the Professional Dyads and Culturally Responsive Teaching (PDCRT). The PDCRT program is a professional learning initiative of the Early Childhood Education Assembly, inspired by NCTE’s Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color (CNV). The program pairs early-career teachers from K-2 classrooms of traditionally underserved children (e.g., children of Color, emerging bi/multilingual children, children from low-income communities) and early childhood teacher educators for two years of shared inquiry and action research into what it means and what it looks like to teach literacy in culturally responsive, relevant, and sustaining ways. 

The PDCRT program addresses educational inequities as teachers and teacher educators recognize how Eurocentric curricula privilege White and middle-class children and how culturally relevant teaching can bring more equity by broadening cultural and linguistic foundations in every classroom while also building children’s critical consciousness.  

Each session in this series provides a different means of normalizing culturally relevant teaching in early childhood classrooms, curricula, and institutional practices while addressing required standards and other guidelines. Engage in conversation with the Dyads as they share their expertise and lessons learned. Expect to see and hear stories of young children engaging in deep learning and reflective conversations around topics of culture, race, language, religion, history, heritage, and identity through literacy-rich, deep-learning experiences.

Register for all three sessions in this series to hear from all seven Dyads of the 2015-2017 PDCRT Cohort.

Honoring Student Voice in the Early Childhood Classroom: Dramatic Play, Stories, and Story Acting (November 1, 2016)
Presenters: Carmen Llerena & Haeny Yoon (New York), Jesse Gainer & Nancy Valdez-Gainer (Texas)

What's So Critical about Critical Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom? (January 18, 2017)
Presenters: Sandra L. Osorio & Sara Carrillo (Illinois), Rachel Gilmore & Roberta Price Gardner (Georgia)

Toward a Culturally Responsive Inquiry Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms (April 19, 2017)
Presenters: Tasha Tropp Laman & Janelle Henderson (Kentucky), Michele Myers & Kathy Epps (South Carolina), & Sha'shray McCormack (Kentucky)

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