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Using Children's Literature to Provoke Conversations on Challenging Topics
Hilltop Children's Center
Seattle, WA
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
Using Children's Literature to Provoke Conversations on Challenging Topics
Wednesday, Sept 27th
Facilitated by Debbie LeeKeenan, Caryn Park and Maggie Beneke

This session will explore how to use children's literature and read-alouds as a way to provoke and facilitate conversations on potentially challenging topics with young children. The presenters will share examples which focus on race, abilities/disabilities and religion. The presenters will draw on their experiences as classroom educators and researchers to provide both a framework and practical strategies for how to choose appropriate literature, and how to engage in the actual conversations that are developmentally appropriate. Participants will have opportunities for discussion and questions.


Debbie LeeKeenan
Debbie LeeKeenan is an early childhood consultant, lecturer, and author.  She was director of the Eliot -Pearson Children's School, laboratory school at Tufts University from 1996-2013. Past professional experience includes over 45 years of teaching in diverse university, public schools, and early childhood settings. Her areas of expertise include anti-bias education, early childhood education, teacher preparation, inclusive special education, teacher inquiry, family engagement, and leadership. More information can be found on her website http://www.antibiasleadersece.com

Caryn Park
In her 20 years in education, Caryn Park has worked with young children, teachers, and teacher educators. She has a PhD in multicultural education from the University of Washington and her scholarship looks at how young children learn to make sense of racial and ethnic differences in their learning environments, and how adults can support them in this work. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston, UW Tacoma, and in the Elementary Teacher Education Program at UW Seattle, and currently serves on the faculty of Antioch University Seattle.

Margaret (Maggie) Beneke
Dr. Margaret Beneke is an assistant professor in the College of Education at University of Washington. Her scholarship focuses on increasing access for young children and families from diverse backgrounds to inclusive, equitable education.She is a former early childhood/primary grade teacher in both public and private inclusive settings.

Washington STARS hours available - please bring your MERIT I.D. number.

Part of the Hilltop Educator Institute event series. Check out our other events!

Many thanks to our Educator Discussion Series sponsors:


KidsQuest Children's Museum

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Wednesday Sep 27, 2017 6:30 PM - Wednesday Sep 27, 2017 8:30 PM | $10.00 - $35.00


Hilltop Children's Center (View)
4 Nickerson Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


On BPT Since: Nov 20, 2013
Hilltop Children's Center

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