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Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change

Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for ChangeLike the lives of young children and their families, anti-bias education must extend beyond the four walls of the early childhood classroom. Directors, managers, principals, coaches and administrators all have critical roles to play in building diverse and equitable early care and education settings. In their new book, Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change, Louise Derman-Sparks, Debble LeeKeenan and Jonh Nimmo invite us to grapple with the question: How can early childhood leaders facilitate anti-bias work at the program level?NAEYC’s Diversity & Equity Education for Adults (DEEA) Interest Forum would like to invite you to our virtual book club as we embark on an informal, 10-week exploration of this question together. Join the discussion on Facebook!


Open discussion will begin each week on Monday with a new chapter of the book and will continue throughout the scheduled week. Over the course of each week, the club’s facilitators will moderate the discussion, posting summaries of the chapter and posing open-ended questions to stimulate discussion. Participants are welcome to post their reactions, thoughts, questions or other topics of discussion. In short:

  • All levels of engagement are welcome!
  • Productive, respectful dissent is appropriate
  • Ask questions, post responses, share quotes to participate in discussion
  • Facilitators will post 1-2 questions each session, but other forum members are welcome to post as well.


June 22  Chapter 1 Pursuing the Anti-Bias Vision: The Conceptual Framework
June 29  Chapter 2 Best Practices of Early Childhood Program Leaders: The Foundation of Anti- Bias Leadership
July 6  Chapter 3 Reading the Program and Preparing for Anti-Bias Change
July 13  Chapter 4 Fostering Reflective Anti-Bias Educators
July 20  Chapter 5 Engaging Families and Growing Anti-Bias Partnerships
July 27  Chapter 6 Deepening and Sustaining Anti-Bias Awareness, Knowledge and Skills
August 3  Chapter 7 Managing and Negotiating Disequilibrium and Conflict
August 10  Chapter 8 Documenting the Shift Toward Anti-Bias Change
August 17  Chapter 9 Anti-Bias Education in a Climate of Required Standards and Assessments
August 24  Chapter 10 Sustaining the Anti-Bias Vision: Reflections

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