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:
- Talk about diversity in the same way you would talk about safety.
- It’s OK to be afraid, but get over it.
- Intentionally look for teaching moments and material.
- Match the message to your audience.
- Accept that your child will say discriminatory things, and that doesn’t mean your child is racist.
- Teach your kids how to use inclusive language by discouraging and avoiding labeling.
- Break down “them and us” by pointing out similarities.
- Seek out diversity in media.
- Don’t over do it.
- 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
How To Talk To Kids About Race: Books And Resources That Can Help
The full presentation may be seen here:
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.