DEEA Interest Forum Newsletter

Winter 2016

NAEYC's Diversity & Equity Education for Adults (DEEA) Interest Forum has been busy! Take a peek at our Winter Newsletter to see what's been going on. We're also asking that you please complete our Membership Survey. The information we gather will help us to continue growing and make sure that we are meeting everyone's needs.

NAEYC Annual Conferences

The 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida was a blast! Some of the highlights include:

  • The Opening Plenary session led by Ruby Bridges, in which she spoke to the audience about the power of the profession and the importance of educators who are willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Over 31 different sessions that related to issues of diversity & equity.
  • A Presidential Session on The Challenge to Move an Anti-Bias Agenda toward the Future, which featured a panel including DEEA Forum Co-Facilitator, Megan Madison, in conversation with NAEYC President Carol Brunson Day, Luis Hernandez, and Julie Olsen Edwards
  • At our DEEA Interest Forum Meeting we got to know one another over some of our favorite anti-bias children's books, met the NAEYC Governing Board candidates, and discussed our mission and vision for the Forum! A copy of our meeting minutes can be found on our website.

We're really looking forward to next year's conference in Los Angeles, California from Nov. 2-5th! As a forum, we've submitted a robust set of proposals for sessions on topics ranging from welcoming gender non-conforming children to strengthening the early childhood leadership pipeline. Fingers crossed that they all get accepted ;)

Virtual Book Club: Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves

Monday, Dec. 7th 2015 at 8am to Friday, Feb. 19th, 8pm

This is an online event.

The now classic book, Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, by Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards invites early childhood caregivers and educators to grapple with the question: What can we do to raise the next generation of young people who know and are proud of who they are, are able to be in equitable relationship with others, can recognize and name unfairness in the world around them, and are ready to take action to address it?

Together, we've embarked on an informal, 13-week exploration of this question together. We are discussing critical issues in the field (like racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism) and building community. It's not to late to join us on our Facebook event page!

To register, click here.

p.s. Don't worry if you missed this one, there is already talk of future Book Clubs. We'll keep you posted.

Real World Wednesdays!

Every week on our Facebook page, we feature an outstanding member of our community to highlight salient real world issues at the intersection of early childhood education and diversity & equity work. What we learn from these conversations is then posted to our Blog, allowing us to continually build our body of collective wisdom. We call these segments "Real World Wednesdays."

Check out some of our recent segments in the gallery below and consider nominating yourself or someone you know!

NAEYC's Diversity & Equity Education for Adults Interest Forum

The mission of the Diversity & Equity Education for Adults (DEEA) Interest Forum is to provide a place where people can come together for mutual education, self-reflection, networking and strategic planning for both our individual and our collective work. It is a space for everyone in early childhood care and education who shares a commitment to diversity & equity.