One hope that I have when I think about working with children and families who come from diverse backgrounds would be that I would remain open-minded towards all situations and encounters. I do not want to become closed off towards others because their views, lifestyles, responses, etc.. do not match up with my own. Instead I want to remain focused on what is best for the child and family even when it means I must leave my own personal biases at the door. In doing so I hope that I will help the children and families I work with remain open-minded about diversity as well. I hope to be a resource to them and can encourage them to think critically and move past their own personal biases in order for what is most beneficial to be accomplished.
One goal I would like to set for the early childhood field related to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice would be for there to be more hands on professional development workshops made available to early childhood educators. Further, that these workshops would be made available to college students pursuing a degree in the early childhood field. One thing I feel that was not adequately touched on in my undergraduate degree is that of how to be an anti-bias educator and practical ways of doing so. Through implementing professional development workshops I believe more early childhood educators would begin feeling confident on catering to a diverse field of children and families. With this confidence they (we) would also be able to better implement anti-bias educational strategies within our own classrooms on a daily basis.
Colleagues – I have really enjoyed learning alongside you these last eight weeks! I have gained so much insight from the knowledge and experiences you have shared. I have had to ask myself some hard questions throughout this course and I am thankful I knew I had your support and did not have to fear being judged by anyone. I hope I have been able to lend some insight to you along the way! Thank you for your encouraging comments through discussion and blog post! I wish you the very best in the rest of your journey here at Walden! I hope to see some familiar names in my next Walden course! Please let me know if I can ever be of help to you!