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Practicing Inclusion, Doing Justice: Dis/ability as an Equity Issue in Early Childhood Settings
Hilltop Children's Center
Seattle, WA
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
Practicing Inclusion, Doing Justice: Dis/ability as an Equity Issue in Early Childhood Settings
Tuesday, November 7th, 2018
Facilitated by Dr. Maggie Beneke


It is important to understand the relationship between inclusive education and equity. By equity we mean that outcomes are fair for each individual child rather than striving for outcomes that are the same for all children.

However, equity for young children means more than inclusion in the same programs that are attended by their peers. It may also mean embodying the values, policies, and practices that support the right of child and their family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts.  Access, participation and support are defining features of inclusion in a high quality early childhood program and are vital for children's development, positive social relationships and sense of belonging.  

In this interactive session, participants will explore challenges and rewards of viewing dis/ability as an equity issue in early childhood settings through an expansive view of inclusion. The presenter will draw on experiences as an inclusive classroom teacher, teacher educator, and early childhood special education researcher to provide both a framework and practical strategies for welcoming and serving all children, including children with dis/abilities. Participants will have opportunities for discussion and questions.

About the Presenter

Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Beneke is an assistant professor in Early Childhood Special Education 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.

This event is FREE for all of City of Seattle DEEL staff and DEEL's early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the SPP Pathway Program, and the Step Ahead Program!

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

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

Thank you to the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) who has provided free registrations for all of City of Seattle DEEL staff and DEEL's early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the SPP Pathway Program, and the Step Ahead Program for each event this year!

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Many thanks to the Bertschi School whose generous support made this series possible:

The Bertschi School

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Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 6:30 PM - Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 8:30 PM | Free - $165.00


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


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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