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No Place for Men? Attracting More Males to Early Childhood Education
City of Seattle Bertha Knight Landes Room (5th Avenue entrance)
Seattle, WA
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
Attracting More Males to Early Childhood Education
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Moderated by Dwane Chappelle
Facilitated by Johnny Otto, Khavin Debbs, and Nick Terrones


Why are there so few men working in early childhood classrooms?
What are our children and families losing because of this imbalance in our workforce? What would be gained if more men were caring for young children in our schools?
Join us for a panel discussion and community conversation about attracting more males to ECE, at Seattle City Hall, on Tuesday, February 26th, from 6:30-8:30pm.

In the first hour, participants will hear from four men representing key segments of our profession (policy, management, coach, and educator) as they share their experiences and perspectives about men in ECE, in a conversation moderated by Dwane Chapelle, Director of Seattles Department of Education and Early Learning.

In hour two, participants (policy-makers, educators, coaches, program leads, directors, and university scholars) will have the opportunity to discuss strategies for building capacity of individuals and communities to make the workplace more inclusive for men and for all. Participants will walk through everyday conversations, challenges, and situations that men working in childcare programs face every day, and explore ways to support them in order to accelerate the growth of racial and gender equity in ECE.

This workshop will push participants to consider how classroom, program, and city culture can build confidence, respect, and self-efficacy for male ECE teachers, with a focus on assets rather than deficits, as we work to create a more inclusive and gender-balanced workforce. Join Dwane, Khavin, Nick and Johnny for this critical conversation about leadership and collective action that aims to attract, nurture, and retain male educators working in ECE.

About the Presenters

Dwane Chappelle is the first director for the Seattle Department of Early Education and Learning (DEEL).  Prior to DEEL, Dwane was the principal at Rainier Beach High School until 2011.  Under his leadership, Dwane has provided high-quality and accessible preschool to all families, no matter their financial means while working to eliminate the racially disproportionate-kindergarten readiness gap.

Khavin Debbs is the Curriculum Coach for Tiny Trees Preschool. Khavin has experience with a wide variety of student populations  ranging from working at a preschool for homeless children and children in emergency situations to a Montessori school and the University of Washington Childcare Center.  He is also a certified High Scope trainer,

Johnny Otto is the Executive Director of Small Faces Preschool.  He has helped developed a unique curriculum based on the central role of play for constructing knowledge and developing skills in young children. By seeing all children as capable, lifelong learners who move at their own pace, Small Faces seek to help children develop the skills that they will need to learn anything they wish to know. Our curriculum focuses on building skills that cultivate success across content areas: Curiosity, Initiative, Resilience, Perseverance, Leadership, Responsibility.

Nick Terrones is an Educator at Hilltop Children's Center. Nick has been at Hilltop since July 2006. In that time he has worked with 3-5 year olds, and currently works with toddlers at Hilltop.  Nick is also an active leader in The World Forum Foundation Mens Working Group where they strive to promote Gender Balance in education; he also is on the Woodland Park Zoos Early Childhood Advisory Committee and co-author of several articles published on Exchange Magazine.

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!

The 2018-19 Educator Discussion Series is sponsored by KidsQuest Children's Museum. A big thank you for their commitment to advancing diversity, social justice, and partnership within and outside the city of Seattle!

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Thank you to the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) who has provided free registrations for eligible City of Seattle DEEL early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the SPP Pathway Program, the Step Ahead Program, and ECEAP, and City of Seattle DEEL Early Learning Staff for each workshop 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

Tickets are non-refundable one week before the event date.  Refunds can be requested from Brown Paper Tickets up until one week before the event.  If you become unable to attend the event after the refund deadline, please feel free to transfer your registration to another attendee.  Simply have your guest sign-in at the event using the name given at registration.
Tuesday Feb 26, 2019 6:30 PM - Tuesday Feb 26, 2019 8:30 PM | Free - $165.00


City of Seattle Bertha Knight Landes Room (5th Avenue entrance) (View)
600 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
United States


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Education > Workshops

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


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