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Considering Culturally Sustainable Environments
July 27, 2021
Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.
-Desmond Tutu

In their third Loose Parts book, Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky consider how loose parts can be used in a culturally sustainable way. They write:

“It is the responsibility of early childhood educators to create indoor and outdoor environments that let children know they belong and are valued…Culturally sustainable environments empower children to think critically as they share their ideas and actively participate in decision making…Loose parts are materials that clearly represent and embrace the diverse culture found in early childhood programs…The open-ended qualities of the loose parts allow children to recreate and represent their cultures and home languages in a variety of ways.”

The new professional development film, Reflecting on Anti-Bias Education in Practice: The Early Yearsavailable for free download, provides much food-for-thought about creating environments that meet the anti-bias goals of identity, diversity, justice and action. Exchange partnered with the producers of the film, Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo, to develop a low cost DVD and guidebook for those who would like that option.

Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action DVD and Guidebook

Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. 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 and provides a much-needed resource for teacher education and professional development.



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Tiffany Peckham · July 29, 2021
Lincoln, Nebraska, Australia

Kathryn, thank you for sharing!

-Tiffany at Exchange

Kathryn Grandprey · July 27, 2021
St. Mark Lutheran Preschool
PHOENIX, AZ, United States

I don't think we talk enough about love in our classrooms. As a director I want all of my teachers to love what they do because they love the children that they are with every day. I'm concerned that we are becoming so "politically correct" that we don't let our feelings show and really love on the children in our classrooms. We are afraid that it will be taken in a way that will get us into trouble.

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