Upcoming Events

October 13-14, 2023, WAEYC (Washington Association for the Education of Young Children) Annual conference, Seattle Tacoma Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, Seattle, Washington.
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
October 13, 8:30-9:30am Keynote: Learning from and with Families Engaging in Anti-bias Education
October 13, 10:00am-12:00pm Session: Leading Anti-bias Education Early Childhood Programs: A Guide to Change, For Change.
Debbie will share insights about the role of the leader in creating the space for anti-bias change in your programs with staff as well as families, and how to navigate the inevitable tensions and conflict that occur as part of the process. Round table discussions will provide opportunities for participants to apply the ideas to their own settings and contexts.

November 15-18, 2023, NAEYC Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
Session 1, Nov. 15, 8:30-11:00am Featured Session:  “Leading for equity and change in the here and now: Anti-bias/Anti-racist education for our children, their families … and ourselves!”
Presenters: John Nimmo, Iheoma Iruka, Debbie LeeKeenan, Rukia Monique Rogers
Session 2: “Mirrors and Windows: Making Asian American Culture Visible for All Children”
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan, Iris Chin Ponte, Ninderjit Gill, Misa Okayama, Sandy Baba
Session 3, Nov. 16, 3:00-4:30pm Featured Session: “Responding to the “Culture Wars” with Empowerment, Hope  and Action”
Facilitated by the People of Color Caucus  (Asian Interest Forum, Black Caucus, Diversity and Equity Education for Adults Interest Forum, Latino Interest Forum, Tribal and Indigenous Interest Forum)
Session 4: November 16, 2023 6:00-6:45PM, Asian Interest Forum Meeting
Come and join the Asian Interest Forum. The AIF is a forum that brings together early education practitioners to share knowledge, perspectives, and informational resources for educating and providing optimal and culturally responsive early childhood environments for infants and young children of Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander descent around the globe. The members of the Asian Interest Forum share and examine the implications of shifting demographics and the latest research to inform early childhood best practices, public policy, education, and services when serving children and families of Asian descent. We acknowledge we are a very diverse group , with over 29 ethnicities, and welcome all people to join us.  At this meeting we will network, share our stories and resources, as well as discuss ideas for future projects, including a mentorship program.  Contribute your leadership for those who have an interest in serving AANHPI- ECE communities and celebrate AANHPI heritage and traditions in the realm of ECE! 

November 27, 2023, Montessori School of Northampton, Northampton, MA. Professional Development Day
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
Full day professional development on Anti-bias Education

January 8, 2024, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, California, Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
Film screening and professional development workshop for early childhood educators

January 31, 2024, Shoreline Cooperative Preschool, Shoreline, Washington, Supporting Children’s Identity Development
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
Parent-Teacher Workshop. This session will focus on how children develop their social identities and how to best support them.