Having conversations about race with staff members or college students is not always easy, but if discussions are held with a collaborative, curious spirit, the experience can be empowering for all. The latest in the Exchange Reflections series, called “Race and Racism,” centers around an article by Kelly Matthews and Ijumaa Jordan. The authors write:
“There are reasons that pressure us not to talk about racism and especially racism in early childhood settings…We are socialized to be quiet on the topic so we do not make people uncomfortable; with this cycle in place, we never learn the skills so that we can talk about race in useful and needed ways.”
All Exchange Reflections now come with a Certificate of Completion that you can fill out individually. We recommend you check with your certifying or state licensing agency to see if these meet requirements in your area, since they vary from state to state. Many places do accept them as of right now.
Exchange Reflections are designed to help a team of people meet in-person or live online to think deeply together about a topic using an article from Exchange magazine as a guide. Included are discussion questions to help guide reflections, as well as a "Making Commitments" idea sheet to help prompt ideas into action and an Exchange Reflections Certificate. For your convenience, Exchange Reflections are available in PDF format and you can download immediately on your desktop.
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