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 Conversations on Challenging Topics focused on […]

Who am I? Identity Formation in Young Children Event Recap and Classroom Strategies

By Mike Browne, Chauntae Kukowsi and Chelsea Myers from Hilltop Children’s Center and Hilltop Educator Institute Did you know that children as young as 45 minutes old are able to detect patterns, notice things about their world and pick up social skills from the adults in their life?  Me neither!  On Thursday, February 8th Dr. Sarah Lytle, from the University of Washington […]

Unpacking White Privilege Recap and Classroom Strategies

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.106″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.106″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.106″ background_layout=”light”] “Until you can recognize that you are living a racialized life and you’re having racialized experiences every moment of every day, you can’t actually engage people of other races around the idea of justice” – Whitney Dow As part of the Hilltop Educators Institute’s commitment to equity and social justice, educators, administrators, parents […]

Understanding Children’s Identity Formation Resources

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.0.47″ next_background_color=”#000000″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” parallax_method_1=”off” parallax_method_2=”off” parallax_method_3=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.106″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” use_border_color=”off” background_layout=”light”] PREFACE: This space has been created for parents, educators, social justice advocates, mentors, youth based organizations and attendees of “Who am I? Understanding Children’s Identity Formation” as a forum for sharing experiences and reflections as they work through these resources. […]

Fostering Inclusion in the Classroom

I am constantly amazed and impressed by the group of kiddos I have in my class. When the school year began back in September, my co-teachers and I immediately noticed how quickly the children began connecting to one another and how strong their desire was to create a sense of community with peers and teachers. Over the next seven months, […]

Sparking conversation about children’s “rights”

New documentary sparking conversation about children’s “rights” makes Seattle premiere Dec 8 On December 8, Hilltop Educator Institute hosts Seattle’s premiere of the groundbreaking short documentary film about what can we learn of children’s views about their world, if we listen to children’s ideas and closely observe their actions.  “The Voices of Children” tells the story of an international team […]

Speaking In Tongues

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.76″ background_layout=”light” border_style=”solid”] “Could you tell me the normal way?” a kid asked me recently. “In English,” piped up another kid. “Yeah, the way regular people talk,” the first kid added. It’s not unusual for a kid to ask me to tell them something in English, either because they aren’t understanding something or because they do understand […]