This space has been created for educators, administrators, parents, youth advocates and attendees of “Can We Talk About Socioeconomic Status and Class?” as a forum for sharing experiences and reflections as they work through these resources. On this page, we invite and encourage you to share your experiences and reflections, ideas and insights and engage with others to address inequitable systems and ways we can redesign the curriculum so that all children benefit from the diversity of experiences in their class. 

While these resources are intended to offer an introduction on the subject of SES and Class Identity, our list is not intended to be exhaustive and we welcome suggestions to other potential resources.

With our next workshop on January 26th, 2019 titled “Can We Talk About Socioeconomic Status and Class?” along with both the provided and suggested resources on this page, we hope readers will (re)commit themselves to thinking deeply about what inclusion and diversity really and truly means. 

Can We Talk About Socioeconomic Status and Class?

Alison Park

Readings and Videos

Supporting Language: Culturally Rich Dramatic Play
By NAEYC (2011)

Diversity: What Everyone Needs To Know (Video)
By Alison Park (2015)

Real Diversity Means We’re Not All the Same
By James Badham at The Pacific Standard (2010)

Gender and Social Norms in Theater (Video)
By Alison Park (2014)

Engaging in Meaningful Conversations on Socioeconomic Status and Class Identity
By Rasheda Carroll and Jason David (2016)

Diversity for Heads and Trustees: A Working Conversation About Governance (Powerpoint)
By Alison Park (2011)

A Better Start: Why Classroom Diversity Matters in Early Education
By The Century Foundation (2015)

Poverty, Diversity, and the Preschool Classroom
By Stephanie Saunders (2011)

Helping Underrepresented Students Thrive in Independent Schools (Powerpoint)
By Alison Park (2015)

Hilltop Educator Institute offers presentations on a variety of topics including Values-Based Leadership and Reflective Practice to Support Playful Inquiry, to name a few.  We also offer full day Study Day to jumpstart reflective thinking, see the work in action, and support your work with children and families.  For groups wanting to bring a particular content focus to their Study Day visit, we offer full day visits where one or two of the following topics can be discussed in greater depth:

  • Pedagogical Documentation
  • Environments for Reflective Practice
  • Responsive Curriculum Planning
  • Family Engagement
  • In-Depth Investigations
  • Anti-Bias Education
For more information on any of Hilltop’s professional development opportunities, email Mike directly at or visit our website

In the spirit of dialogue, and practicing the Reggio Emilia value of “learning in relationship,” we invite you to delve into deeper thinking and conversation about this event by sharing your thoughts, questions, or comments below!