John Nimmo, Louise Derman-Sparks, Debbie LeeKeenan anti-bias leadersWhile there are many resources for early childhood teachers seeking to introduce anti-bias education in their classrooms, we realized there is little available on the complex work of leaders who set the stage for this approach. An anti-bias program puts diversity and equity goals at the center of all aspects of its organization and daily life. 

Systemic change requires a leader who takes an intentional and strategic approach. In response, we have developed frameworks and strategies for addressing the big picture of working with staff, families and the community to create and sustain anti-bias programs. Our writing, presentations, and consultation services draw on many years as teachers, teacher educators and researchers, social justice activists, and leaders of early childhood programs. On this site you will find some background into who we are and the resources we have developed. We also invite you to share your experiences with leading anti-bias change in your own early childhood or teacher education program and in implementing the ideas and strategies that we offer on this site and in our publications.
— Louise, Debbie and John


Learn more about our 2015 book on anti-bias leadership Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs book cover
published through Teachers College Press and NAEYC – an excellent resource for early childhood directors or a text for college classes on leadership and diversity. Click here to order our book.
A review of the book appears in Teachers College Record.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Debbie’s new book, From Survive to Thrive, A Director’s Guide for Leading an Early Childhood ProgramFrom Survive to Thrive: A Director's Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program
co-authored with Iris Chin Ponte,  is a resource for directors and administrators of early childhood programs serving children from birth to age 5. This book takes many of the ideas first introduced in Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change and applies them more broadly to the role of the program director.