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Using Children’s Books to Support Identity, Equity & Inclusion

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It’s Hard to Be What You Can’t See: Using Children’s Books to Support Identity, Equity, and Inclusion with Camillie Catlett

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It’s Hard to Be What You Can’t See: Using Children’s Books to Support Identity, Equity, and Inclusion with Camillie Catlett

Learn about the many ways in which children’s books can play a significant role in supporting each and every child and family. This webinar will explore the concepts of mirrors, windows, and sliding doors, selection criteria that enable children to both have their lives reflected and to gain insight into the lives of others. Participants will learn about a checklist to use to examine books for bias and discover ways in which children’s books can be used to authentically portray children and families of diverse configurations and circumstances, including foster care.

Camille Catlett is a consultant based in Carrboro NC. During her years in the early childhood field she has held positions in public school, professional association, the federal government, and higher education settings that ranged from providing direct services as a speech-language pathologist to directing multiple US Department of Education personnel preparation grants. Her work with talented partners on the Crosswalks project yielded a flexible and evidence-based model for increasing the emphasis on culture, race, and language in higher education courses, field experiences, and programs. This model was revised in 2009 to incorporate an emphasis on children with disabilities and inclusion, successfully replicated in community colleges in five states, and shared in the Blueprint document. Through technical assistance, research, presentations, writing, and product development, Camille is currently working with faculty and leaders in multiple states to incorporate an explicit and intentional emphasis on culture, race, equity, language, and individual diversity and equity in early childhood and early childhood special education coursework, field experiences, and program practices.

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First 5 Lake builds the early childhood systems and supports needed to ensure Lake County's youngest children are safe, healthy and ready to succeed in school and life.

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