The Good Books: A Little Light Reading

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.12.2″] Hilltop has a long-standing commitment to anti-bias education. Over the years, educators here have explored the challenges of converting this value from intention to reality. Standing up and saying “I believe in anti-bias education” doesn’t do much to change the day-to-day experience of our classrooms and culture. Even acknowledging the subtle […]

Children Playing in Mumbai India

Building Intercultural Competence: Teaching in India

Please enjoy this “field report” from Hilltop toddler educator Nick Terrones, who is spending one month teaching in Mumbai, India, through the Expanding Minds Program. Not sure where to begin… except that its hot and humid out here – 98 degrees, with 98% humidity and feels like 105! Being in India has been quite eye-opening. […]

Building an Anti-Bias Library Part 4

Building an Anti-Bias Library: Part Four – Family Structures and Holidays and History

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Building an Anti-Bias Library Part Three – Gender Identity, and Cross-Cultural Folktales

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” next_background_color=”#000000″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” parallax_2=”off” parallax_method_2=”off” parallax_3=”off” parallax_method_3=”off” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” background_size=”initial”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” background_size=”initial” _builder_version=”3.4.1″] This is part three of a four part series focusing on Gender Identity and Cross-Cultural Folktales. For part one, please click here.  For part two, please […]

A Tiny Preschool Tackling Big Issues

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.7″ hover_enabled=”0″] A Tiny Preschool Tackling Big Issues Hilltop Educator Institute set to host a Racial Equity Workshop At Seattle City Hall Seattle, WA – May 1st, 2018 On May 8th, Hilltop Educator Institute, an organization providing culturally responsive, anti-racist professional development opportunities for professional […]

Cultivating the Genius of Black Children Resources

With our next event on May 8th, 2018 titled “Cultivating the Genius of Black Children” along with both the provided and suggested resources on this page, we hope readers will become (more) aware of their cultural practices and (re)commit themselves to becoming a culturally sensitive educator.

A picture of a book called Last Stop On Market Street

Building an Anti-Bias Library: Part Two – Economic Class, and Different Abilities

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ inner_width=”auto” inner_max_width=”none”][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.22.4″ background_layout=”light”] PREFACE: This is part two of a four part series. For part one, please click here. On September 27th, 2017, we welcomed Debbie LeeKeenan, Dr. Caryn Park and Dr. Maggie Beneke to kick off of 2017-2018 Educator Discussion Series focusing on Anti-Bias Education. Their workshop titled: Using Children’s Literature to Provoke […]

Seeking Equity Through Language-Rich Classrooms

A great deal of evidence points to the critical importance of exposure to rich language during the first five years of life, yet, despite this knowledge, schools and classrooms still fails to provide rich language to children and as a result, the gap between rich and poor children in America hasn’t narrowed, as promised; it has widened. Which provokes the question…Why focus on Kindergarten readiness, when we could be seeking language equity for lifelong success?