Upcoming Events

Debbie LeeKeenan

June 1, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm, NAEYC Professional Learning Institute Pre-Conference Workshop, Long Beach, CA. From Survive to Thrive: Leading Early Childhood Programs.
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
This day long workshop, based on the author’s newest book, “From Survive to Thrive: Leading Early Childhood Programs,” will provide both guiding principles and practical strategies to support program leaders of early childhood programs. Topics and issues to be discussed include: Developing your Own Leadership style, Building the Culture and Context of Your Program, Hiring, Growing and Maintaining Great Staff, Engaging Families, and Managing Conflict. There will be ample opportunity for dialogue, problem-solving and action-planning.

June 3, 2019, NAEYC Professional Learning Institute, Long Beach, CA. Bridging the gap: Connecting what is taught in coursework to what educators need to know to teach today’s children
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan, Ashley Williams, Barbara Tamailis, Janis Strassler, Holly Bohart

June 4, 2019, NAEYC Professional Learning Institute, Long Beach, CA. Featured Session: Integrating social justice approaches in preservice and in-service teacher education
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan, Caryn Park, Maggie Beneke, John Nimmo
This session will introduce two complementary approaches, anti-bias education and culturally sustaining pedagogy, to advance social justice in teacher education. Drawing on these perspectives, we offer practical strategies for the preparation and ongoing learning of pre-service and in-service teachers. This session will explore the following: supporting adult identity development, designing learning activities, addressing practical teaching dilemmas, navigating institutional politics, and teaching in online spaces. Ample opportunity will be provided for problem-solving and action planning for your own setting.

June 11, 2019, 12-2:00pm, PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) South Seattle, 2200 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144. PEPS-Grandparent Brown Bag Lunch. Books as mirrors and windows.
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
Join us in a stimulating and practical conversation about using children’s literature first to provide mirrors and windows to the world and second as an opportunity to engage children in courageous conversations about potentially challenging topics. We will look at  children’s books for all ages, learn how to use children’s books as a provocation for  conversations as well as how to instill a love and joy for reading. We will share some of our favorite children’s books growing up and why they were so memorable.
Register here.

Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo in Italy

June 29-July 4, 2019, Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy. A week long workshop on Leadership for Change: Identity, Social Justice and the Right to be Visible.
Presenters: John Nimmo and Debbie LeeKeenan


Debbie LeeKeenan and Iris Chin Ponte

July 16, 2019, Full day Seattle Director Workshop, Seattle, WA. From Survive to Thrive: Leading Early Childhood Programs.
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan, Sarah Felstiner, and Iris Chin Ponte
Join Debbie LeeKeenan and Iris Chin Ponte, co-authors of NAEYC’s newest book for directors, From Survive to Thrive, and local Educational Leader, Sarah Felstiner, for this special Seattle session for program leaders. The focus of this interactive workshop is on the guiding principles and practical strategies that support program leaders of early childhood programs. Topics and issues to be discussed include: Facilitated Leadership, Leading with Equity, Building the Culture and Context of Your Program, Growing and Maintaining Great Staff, Engaging Families, and Managing Conflict. There will be opportunities throughout the day for dialogue, problem-solving and action-planning. Click here to register.

Aug. 19-20, 2019, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Professional Development  and Consulting on Anti-bias Education.
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan

November 1, 2019 Lesley Ellis School, Arlington, MA. Professional Development Day Customized Workshop for Faculty.
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan

 

Nov. 5, 2019, South Seattle College Coop Preschools Professional Development Workshop for Faculty,Integrating Anti-bias Education into the Curriculum
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan

Dec. 6, 2019  Keynote Talk for the Youth Summit Day, Kent District Libraries, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Anti-bias Education and Children’s Literature: Provoking Courageous Conversations.
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
Changing demographics, shifts in social views, polarizing political issues, all present challenges and complexities to us as professionals interested in social justice education. This talk will provide a framework and strategies for using  children’s literature to provide mirrors and windows to the world and as an  opportunity to engage children in courageous conversations about potentially challenging topics.

February 17, 2020  Newman School, New Orleans, LA. Professional Development Day for Staff on Anti-bias Education.
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan