A Reflection on Media’s Impact on Early Childhood Parents and Professionals

As an educator, aunt, elder cousin, and caring adult, I cannot ignore the substantial amount of negative news stories and media stereotypes  about people of color, individuals from other countries, those of varying abilities, and persons of different orientations or the lack of representation of diverse groups.  This is an issue that stems from historical and social factors that are…

From Children’s Literature to New Technologies: Cultural Relevance in New Media and Digital Tools

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with my colleague Jane Fleming, Ph.D., faculty member at Erikson Institute and founder of Kids Like Us, on issues of traditional and digital media, technology, and diversity.  Jane has conducted research in the area of urban children’s literature and has been actively involved in helping teachers find high quality…

Revisiting Our Role in Multicultural Education & Global Citizenship

In my last post, I shared thoughts on how multicultural education and global citizenship starts with us – the early childhood professional and parent.  I want to revisit this conversation to address two ideas that we should consider before introducing multicultural education, global citizenship, and new technologies to young children. One foundational piece of multicultural education and global…

Multicultural Education & Global Citizenship Starts With Us

When we think of multicultural education or building global citizenry with our students and children, a common practice implemented is celebrating holidays from different cultures.  As caring adults, we may believe that this is the best way to teach children about others in an appropriate and engaging way.  This strategy may be our first steps into building…

Do I Have Culture?

When I conducted my graduate studies at the Erikson Institute, culture was an intentional topic that can up in every course.  One common phrase often uttered by some students during these discussions was “I don’t have a culture”.  Even in my current work as an early childhood professional, I still hear these six word spoken by parents, formal and informal…