Upcoming Events

August, 2021 – January, 2022, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Four part Webinar series, Integrating ABE into our thinking and practice
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan

September 25, 2021, 2:30pm PST, Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA. Theatrical Premier: Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan, John Nimmo, and Filiz Efe McKinney
We are so excited to announce our film, Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years, has been officially selected by Local Sightings Film Festival. While we’ve shown the film at virtual events across the globe to almost 50,000 people, this will be the first time it’ll be playing in an honest to goodness cinema. So we’ll be there, dressed to the nines and hanging out with some of the amazing teachers and directors from our featured schools. After the screening, you’ll want to stick around for the Q&A session with the filmmakers and some very special guests.
If you can’t make it in person, never fear, we’ve got you covered! The film will also be part of the Local Sightings virtual program. So, wherever you are, we hope you can join us.
Important Note
Local Sightings Film Festival will require all in-person attendees to wear a face covering and bring proof of COVID vaccination. 

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Debbie LeeKeenanSeptember 27-29, 2021, Early Childhood Programs and Services, Plainfield  Public School District, NJ. Integrating ABE Into Your Thinking and Practice.
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
A mini institute for early childhood educators in the Plainfield Public School District.

Louise Derman-Sparks and Debbie LeeKeenanSeptember 29-30, 2021, Vermont AEYC Conference. Anti-bias Education Keynote and Workshop.
Presenters: Louise Derman-Sparks and Debbie LeeKeenan

Debbie LeeKeenanOctober 5, 2021, Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL. Integrating ABE Into Our Thinking and Practice.- 4 part mini-institute.
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan

October 8, 2021, 6-7:00pm PST, Fullerton College Child Development & Educational Studies Department, Fullerton, California, Presents the 4th Annual Chris Lamm Legacy Lecture, Citizenship Rights and Young Children’s Participation in the Public Realm: Reflections from Diverse Global Contexts.
Presenter: John Nimmo
You can register here for this free event!

October 11, 2021, Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training: International Online Conference. Equity and Social Justice Practice in Early Childhood Education & Care.
Presenters: Petra Wagner, Louise Derman-Sparks, Dalvir Gill, Mathias Urban
An online conference of 70 professionals from six countries who are interested in and are working to promote and implement an anti-bias approach in early childhood education and care.

October 16, 2021, 9:00am-3:30pm CST, Manitoba Child Care Association, Manitoba, Canada. Integrating Anti-bias Education into our Thinking and Practice
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo
This day long workshop will explore steps in creating a more inclusive, welcoming and equitable program for young children and their families. Participants will learn about a framework and goals for an anti-bias education approach and how these address children’s development of social identities and understanding of human diversity and bias. The session will include practical and integrated strategies for responding to children’s questions and having honest and brave conversations about challenging topics, creating responsive environments and curriculum experiences, engaging  families in anti-bias education, and managing conflict.
Debbie and John’s recent new film, Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years will be used as a provocation for dialogue and discussion.  Break out groups will examine real life scenarios and provide opportunities for reflection and application to your own setting.

October 16, 2021, 4pm PST, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA. Social Justice Film Festival: Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan, John Nimmo, and Filiz Efe McKinney
In person film screening and discussion. This film features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. The film shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and on to the voices of teachers committed to equity on a daily basis. By taking viewers into diverse early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teacher reflection on identity, context, and practice in anti-bias education. 

October 20, 2021, 4-6:00pm EST, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA. Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan, Veronica Reynoso, Joyce Jackson and Julie Bisson
Film screening and panel discussion. This film features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. The film shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and on to the voices of teachers committed to equity on a daily basis. By taking viewers into diverse early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teacher reflection on identity, context, and practice in anti-bias education. 

October 23, 2021, Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference, Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenters:  Debbie LeeKeenan,  John Nimmo, Nadia Jaboneta, and Veronica Reynoso
Using the film Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action : The Early Years as a provocation for discussion, this moderated panel will provide an in-depth look into two classroom vignettes with the co-producers and two featured teachers from the film. The film, organized by the four interconnected anti-bias goals of identity, diversity , justice and action, will examine how to cultivate a joyful, strengths-based, and identity-affirming image of children and teachers – curious, complex, active, reflective, and loving. 

November 4, 2021, 6-7:30pm, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Great Expectations project. Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan and Brian Silveira
Film screening and facilitated discussion. This film features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. The film shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and on to the voices of teachers committed to equity on a daily basis. By taking viewers into diverse early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teacher reflection on identity, context, and practice in anti-bias education. 

November 5, 2021, CMAS Supporting the Settlement of Young Immigrant and Refugee children, Toronto, Canada. Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan, John Nimmo, and Nadia Jaboneta
Film screening and facilitated discussion. This film features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. The film shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and on to the voices of teachers committed to equity on a daily basis. By taking viewers into diverse early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teacher reflection on identity, context, and practice in anti-bias education. 

November 7-9, 2021, NAEYC Annual Virtual Conference, Anti-Bias “Activism” with Young Children: Performance or Agency? Uncovering Meaningful Possibilities in Your Community.
Presenters: John Nimmo, Debbie LeeKeenan, Nadia Jaboneta, Brian Silveira

November 13, 2021, Family Tree Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center, Baltimore, MD. Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
Film screening and facilitated discussion. This film features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. The film shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and on to the voices of teachers committed to equity on a daily basis. By taking viewers into diverse early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teacher reflection on identity, context, and practice in anti-bias education. 

November 16, 2021, Vashon Island Early Childhood Education Community, Vashon, WA. Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenters: Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo
Film screening and facilitated discussion. This film features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. The film shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and on to the voices of teachers committed to equity on a daily basis. By taking viewers into diverse early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teacher reflection on identity, context, and practice in anti-bias education. 

Debbie LeeKeenanJanuary 31, 2022,  Jewish Early Childhood Conference – Paradigm Project. Live Webinar: The Role of the Leaders in Anti-bias Change
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
Integrating an equity approach to diversity into early childhood education programs calls for both visionary and strategic leadership. This presentation will discuss strategies for creating the culture for creativity, risk-taking and co-learning, managing conflict and engaging teachers and families.

January 22-30, 2022, Early Years Exchange Virtual Conference 2022, sponsored by Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan. Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years
Presenter: Debbie LeeKeenan
Debbie is the keynote speaker and will screen the film, Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years. In addition she will present two follow up workshops:
1)Talking about Race, Racism and Social Justice with Young Children;
2) Responding to Children’s Comments and Questions about Differences.
The film features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. The film shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and on to the voices of teachers committed to equity on a daily basis. By taking viewers into diverse early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teacher reflection on identity, context, and practice in anti-bias education.