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Finding a Place for the Religious and Spiritual Lives of Young Children and their Families in Early Childhood Programs: An Anti-Bias Approach
Bertschi School
Seattle, WA
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
Finding a Place for the Religious and Spiritual Lives of Young Children and their Families in Early Childhood Programs: An Anti-Bias Approach
Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Facilitated by John Nimmo and Debbie LeeKeenan

Location: The Bertschi School - 2227 Tenth Avenue East Seattle, Washington 98102
Target Audience:
Education professionals (admin, educators, coaches etc.) working with children ages 2-8
Social workers
Religious Based Organizations
Philosophers and Theologians
Professional mentors
Community Based Organizations
Researchers interested in this topic


Similar to discussions of spirituality in education, the idea of spiritual literacy and religion is often elusive and can create discomfort and tensions especially within work with young children.

So why is spirituality and religion an important part of anti-bias education?
Why do we as educators avoid the topic?
How are religion and culture inexplicably tied together?
How does this area of diversity intersect with race, immigrant status and other identities?

If you havent considered religion as a critical aspect of equity, havent considered religion and spirituality a part of anti-bias work, or are worried about recognizing these issues in your work with children and families, join us on Feb 8th, 2020!

This expansive day will be full of interactive activities, discussions, and ideas to integrate a cultural wealth/funds of knowledge into your curriculum and program in culturally sustaining ways.

Why I Should Attend:

Children often have questions such as "What happens when I die?" or introduce thoughts and beliefs from their home life into the classroom.  This workshop offers a series of thoughtful practices to develop your curriculum, practice, rituals, and program through a social-emotional and equitable lens.

This workshop is based off of a November 2019 issue of "Young Children," a journal published in NAEYC's award-winning, peer-reviewed journal focused on educating children from birth through third grade.

About the Presenters

Debbie LeeKeenan MEd, (she/her) is an early childhood consultant and lecturer (www.antibiasleadersece.com) in Seattle, Washington. Debbie has been an educator for over 45 years and worked with Carolyn Edwards at the University of Massachusetts Lab School from 19861993. She was also a long-time director/lecturer at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School at Tufts University. debbie.leekeenan@gmail.com

John Nimmo, EdD (he/him) is an Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University, Oregon. From 2003 to 2013 he was Executive Director of the Child Study and Development Center and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire. John was a recipient of the Social Justice Award and the Excellence through Diversity Award at UNH. In addition to presenting nationally and internationally for almost 30 years, he has been a visiting scholar at universities in Ghana and Australia. Formerly he was core faculty in teacher education and human development at Pacific Oaks College Northwest in Seattle.

This event is FREE for for all eligible City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the SPP Pathway Program, ECEAP and City of Seattle DEEL Early Learning Staff.

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 2019-20 Educator Discussion Series is sponsored by KidsQuest Children's Museum. A big thank you for their commitment to advancing equity, 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 all eligible City of Seattle DEEL early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the SPP Pathway Program, 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. We deeply appreciate your willingness with which you have and continue to sponsor our efforts to make our community a more inclusive place to live in:
The Bertschi School

Many thanks to the Hearing, Speech, Deaf Center whose generous support made this series possible:

The Speech, Hearing, Deaf Center

Many thanks to SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM for your partnership on making our vision of improving equity of outcomes across race and class more achievable:
SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM

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.
Saturday Feb 08, 2020 8:30 AM - Saturday Feb 08, 2020 3:30 PM | Free - $165.00


Bertschi School
2227 10th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
United States


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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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