[Event Notes] Discussing Race and Racial Justice With Kids Event

Sharing of personal stories and connecting with the community was the spirit of the evening at The Collingswood Educational Advocacy Group’s special event Having the Hard Conversations:
Strategies for Discussing Racism with Kids on Tuesday, February 19th.


A special thank you to the teachers from Collingswood High School

Eric Fieldman, CHS History teacher, faculty lead of the CHS Social Justice Club
Arden Niessner, CMS Social Studies Teacher, faculty lead of the CMS Social Justice

We really appreciated how many people came to discuss this important issue. Registration for the event was free and held at The Collingswood Public Library.


Key Takeaways were outlined in the 10 Steps from the presentation:

  1. Talk about diversity in the same way you would talk about safety.
  2. It’s OK to be afraid, but get over it. 
  3. Intentionally look for teaching moments and material.
  4. Match the message to your audience.
  5. Accept that your child will say discriminatory things, and that doesn’t mean your child is racist.
  6. Teach your kids how to use inclusive language by discouraging and avoiding labeling. 
  7. Break down “them and us” by pointing out similarities.
  8. Seek out diversity in media.
  9. Don’t over do it.
  10. Model inclusive behavior and language.

Helpful Resources For Educators, Caregivers, And Parents For How To Talk About Race With Children

How To Have Conversations About Race
Interview from Fall 2004 National Staff Development Council

Talking With Young Children (0-5) About Race
ALSC Blog 2/2018

Should We Talk To Young Children About Race?
Psychology Today Online 4/2011

White Parents, Here’s How To Start Talking To Your Children About Race (Pt. 2: Raising Social Justice Warriors)
Medium.com 8/2017

How To Talk To Kids About Race: Books And Resources That Can Help

The full presentation may be seen here:


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The audio from this event may be heard here:


The Next Meeting of the Collingswood Educational Advocacy Group will be on 3/19/19 at 6:30 pm at The Collingswood Public Library.

Jen R

Jen R

Jen Rossi, Vice President Jen Rossi moved to Collingswood with her spouse in 2012. She is a graduate of Georgian Court University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Fine Art. She has a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing in Elementary Education (K-5) and as a Teacher of Fine Art (K-12). After a part-time floating position and substitute teaching, Jen returned to the corporate world. Professionally Jen is a Digital Marketing Manager for a privately owned insurance brokerage, providing important information on how to reduce the risks in today's business world: ranging from slip and fall injuries to computer network hacks. Getting the information in the hands of people who need it with the help of guidebooks, webinars, instructional videos, blog posts, social media alerts, and online courses. With this background in education and knowledge of the process for communicating important information to anyone willing to hear it, Jen focuses her energy on making a big impact with small things- making life a little more convenient, helping people get informed, keeping things practical and timely, and encouraging achievable goals for success. In her free time, Jen loves upcycling, improving, and otherwise repurposing materials to the delight of family, neighbors, and Etsy customers. She looks forward to running down questions and getting helpful information into social feeds and inboxes of members of the Collingswood community.