In partnership with Brooklyn's beloved Maple Street School, the Teacher Resource Center at LIU Brooklyn is forming a Wisdom Circle for Social Justice in Early Childhood. We are looking for a group of dedicated early childhood professionals, caregivers, parents, academics, and administrators who want to use all the tools at our disposal - excellent teaching practice, community engagement, research, and organized activism - to help shape the future.
During this first event, we will share a meal, get to know one another, and identify the issues that move us as early childhood practitioners (and human beings). We'll think about how to make sure our circle is truly inclusive and makes space for all voices, and we'll think about how to turn our hopes and dreams into meaningful action. We'll also establish an online group for purposes of resource- and idea-sharing, support, networking, and organizing.
Those who wish to become part of an ongoing in-person Wisdom Circle can commit to becoming members. Members will be asked to attend four more Friday morning events (approximately 4 weeks apart) during the spring semester, each with a theme and clear objectives.
Looking for an opportunity to "be the change you want to see in the world?" Here it is.
Wendy Jo Cole has been the Director of the Maple Street School, a Brooklyn pre-school cooperative with deep roots in its diverse community, for 15 years. Wendy is the co-developer of Little Chairs Big Differences, an early childhood diversity conference. Wendy has presented on the themes of Rituals, Suprises, and Microrevolutions in Early Childhod and Leadership through Mentoring and Storytelling.
Alissa Schwartz, MSW, PhD is the owner of Solid Fire Consulting. Alissa creates and provides earthy, pragmatic, and engaging solutions to complex organizational challenges. Her core practices consist of participatory facilitation, evaluation, planning, and design. She works with nonprofits, philanthropies, and social change communities that are fired up with the passion of their cause.