A day-long event for ECFE professional teams (re)committed to creating an environment that is more inclusive for people of color - parents, children, and teachers. Discussion topics include:

  • Creating an intentional space that is both welcoming and respectful to address the gap between racial injustice in our community and early childhood programming including parenting education / parent-child interaction.
  • How to include the reality of families’ lived experiences in the ECFE classroom.
  • Designing learning experiences for all parents and caregivers to promote self-reflection,  greater self-awareness, and build skills and confidence.
  • Feel supported and leave with actionable tools you can implement as a team to provide the best practice for all families.

Registration opens August 28!

ECFE for Equity: Experience a Reflective Dialogue approach to create welcoming and inclusive environments for all parents, children, and teachers.

Through a Reflective Dialogue approach, educators will participate in a unique opportunity to reflect on their own perspectives and practices related to promoting racial equity and inclusion in their early childhood and parent education programming. Reflective Dialogue uses a blend of engaging video clips paired with non-directive methods of discussion and reflection, which will prompt each participant to generate new insights personalized for them and their specific context. During the workshop and beyond, participants will access tangible resources to support translating insights into application. The resource library offers a variety of strategies for approaching racial equity, both direct and indirect, so that educators feel supported in their intentional strategies to create a welcoming environment for all parents, children, and teachers. 

Join us October 29 or November 19!


8:45 Sign on & Connect
9:00 Welcome & Overview
10:00 Reflective Dialogue Exercise
     10-11 Whole Group
     11-11:45 Small Group
     11:45-12:00 Individual 
12:00 Lunch/Stretch
12:30 Insights-to-Application Exercise
     12:30-1:30 Whole Group
     1:30-2:00 Individual
     2:00-2:45 Small Group
2:45 Whole Group Wrap Up
3:00 Sign off

Presenter: Heather Cline, Ph.D., Director, Reflective Dialogue Education and Founder, Hourglass Perspectives, LLC

After more than a decade of working with parent educators on the Reflective Dialogue Parent Education Design (RDPED), Dr. Cline has founded a company and online community hub so that educators can more easily access the training and curricular resources to use this approach in promoting adult learning and development with parents, teachers, and other adults. 

Using a Reflective Dialogue Approach, Dr. Heather Cline will facilitate an engaging and non-directive opportunity for educators to reflect on their own perspectives and practices related to promoting racial equity and inclusion in their early childhood and parent education programming. 

Educators are now expanding this approach to facilitate discussion with parents, teachers, and other adults around topics pertaining to equity and inclusion. As a workshop participant, you will have the chance to experience this approach as a lifelong learner and to consider how it might support your own teaching practice. And rest assured, Heather is working closely with an incredible team of educators to balance out the opportunity for reflection with dedicated time to explore and access tangible tools and strategies that you can implement right away as a team to create a more welcoming and respectful environment for all children, families, and educators in your community. 

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