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Cultivating the Genius of Black Children Resources

Cultivating the Genius of Black Children Resources

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This space has been created for educators, administrators, parents, and youth advocates and attendees of “Cultivating the Genius of Black Children” 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 questions surrounding pedagogical narration and how we can incorporate documentation into practice.

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

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Cultivating the Genius of Black Children
Dr. Debra Sullivan

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Readings and Videos

How to Change White Teachers’ Lenses
By Vanessa Romo (2016)

How Culturally Attuned Teachers Can Help African American Males Succeed in School
By (2013)

What we do, and what we say matters!
By Michael Browne (2017)

I’m a White Male Teacher Teaching Black Kids and We have to Talk About That
By Zachary Wright (2017)

Intersectionality: Young and Black but Male and Privileged?
By Michael Browne (2018)

Bias Isn’t Just A Police Problem, It’s A Preschool Problem
By NPR (2016)

Connecting Kids with Black History
By PBS Kids (2018)

Understanding cultural appropriation with art and kids
By Gemma from ParentMap (2017)

Moving Beyond Anti-Bias Activities: Supporting the Development of Anti-Bias Practices
By Debbie LeeKeenan (2018 EDS Speaker), Maggie Beneke (2018 EDS Speaker), Heidi Given and Lisa Kuh (2016)

Being Black Is Not A Risk Factor
By the National Black Child Development Institute (2018)

Cultivating the Genius of Black Children (A Free Preview)
By Dr. Debra Sullivan (2016)

Can’t make this training? Hilltop Educator Institute offers presentations, workshops and full day Study Day in Anti-Bias education for Early Childhood Programs, Educators and Youth Programs including Museums, Zoos and Aquariums.  Jumpstart reflective thinking, see the work in action, and support your work with children and families with Hilltop!  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

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!

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