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This webinar is offered as part of BPL's third annual Early Childhood Symposium. This year's topic is Talking about Race with Young Children: Disrupting Harmful Narratives in Early Childhood Classrooms.

In her book, “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom,” Dr. Bettina Love presents a vision of educational justice that is rooted in the practice and politic of abolitionists. In their workshop, “Abolitionist Teaching in the Early Years,” Akiea “Ki” Gross, founder of Woke Kindergarten, takes participants on an exploration of how abolitionist teaching manifests in early childhood, through a comprehensive and interactive journey into their pedagogy. Participants can expect to leave with an introductory understanding of how to use Woke Kindergarten’s resources as healing-centered engagement in practice and a more thorough understanding of abolitionist politic, the pursuit of liberation and ultimately what that means—and how we show up—for our very youngest Black and brown children and their families.

Learn more about the presenter: Akiea "Ki" Gross at their website:

Search "Early Childhood Symposium" in the online calendar for more workshops in this series, or email Jessica Ralli ([email protected]) for more information.

Educators needing NYS CTLE credits will be awarded 2 CTLE credits for attending this webinar. 

The 2021 Early Childhood Symposium is funded by the NY City Council as part of the City’s First Readers Initiative.

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