In the beautiful new book, You Can’t Celebrate That!, the foreword by Ann Pelo and Margie Carter explains that when one child said to another “You can’t celebrate that! Only people with white skin can celebrate that! That’s what my Dad said,” teacher Nadia Jaboneta had to make a decision about what to do next. As Pelo and Carter write:
“Nadia teaches us what’s possible when we choose to join in the conversation and learn alongside children. She writes about self-doubt and disequilibrium and about her determination to say something that directly engages the fraught moment of exclusion…and importantly, to carry the conversation beyond that moment with the children. Nadia calls the children’s parents, asking them to think with her about how to move forward; she talks with her colleagues and supervisors about what social justice teaching means in these real-time moments. Nadia’s story…illustrates the risks, vulnerability, longings, and courage that come with such acts of integrity...‘I feel new muscles developing,’ she writes ‘and I want to keep exercising them.’”
Navigating the Deep Waters of Social Justice Teaching
The Reimagining our Work (ROW) collection.
Find inspiration in this compelling story of an educator's social justice journey as she partners with families to explore racial identity, religious celebrations, and racism in response to a biased comment by one child to another in her diverse preschool class.
You Can't Celebrate That! is part of the Reimagining Our Work (ROW) collection. Use the ROW collection to discover how early childhood educators in the field are reimagining their work and thinking alongside children.
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