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VTAEYC Annual Early Childhood Conference Virtual Series

September 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 8:30 pm

Plenary Session: Anti-Bias Education is for Each and Every Child and Educator: Insights and Strategies from Pioneering Anti-Bias Educators

Louise Derman-Sparks and Debbie LeeKeenan

The first of three plenary sessions: Anti-bias education is essential to early childhood education but it is sometimes unclear how to put it in practice in majority or exclusively white programs.  In this plenary, pioneering anti-bias education practitioners Louise Derman-Sparks and Debbie LeeKeenan will offer their thoughts on the need for and goals of anti-bias education for white children.  They will offer specific issues and strategies about how best to guide white children to a positive identity that does not rest on prejudice and includes the desire and confidence  to stand up for fairness.  This presentation will also discuss issues of identity and empowerment for children of color.  The presenters will explore the specific roles of teachers in anti-bias work, be it with white children and/or children of color. This plenary session will conclude with a panel of Vermont early childhood educators who are currently implementing anti-bias education in their programs.

Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children VTAEYC and their partners are proud to present Vermont’s Annual Early Childhood Education Conference (virtual in 2021) providing Vermont’s early childhood communities with three high-quality virtual programs focused on honoring our children, our families, and ourselves.

Over three two-day sessions (Sept. 29-30, Oct. 20-21, and Nov. 8-9) we welcome world class speakers and learning opportunities on these topics:

  • Anti-bias and Equity
  • Advancing Early Childhood Education as a Profession and
  • Mental Health and Resilience.

See the details and registration here

Student scholarships available.


September 29, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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