Using Children’s Picture Books to Promote Discussion, Equity and Inclusion-- A Free Community Workshop for parents, grandparents, teachers and allies to young children

LED by Susan Eisman, Director and Preschool Teacher at Hawthorne Family Playschool.
WHEN:Tuesday, Feb 18th, 2019. 6:30-9:00 PM
WHERE: Hawthorne Family Playschool (2828 SE Stephens St., SE Portland)

*Emphasis on young children (infants, toddlers, preschool, and elementary school age children).
*Adults only. Maximum 30 participants.
*Online pre-registration is highly encouraged to guarantee a spot.

DESCRIPTION:
Children love books and learn from them. They take in messages conveyed in picture books about who is valued and who is important. Through discussion, critical analysis and collaboration, we will strengthen our ability to consider what messages picture books convey about race, gender, class, ability, sexuality/family structure and culture/language. We will share ideas and resources and build skills to assess books for equity. We will develop book lists that reflect and affirm a broader range of children and represent the much larger community and world we live in.a

LET'S:
-Talk openly with our children to nurture curiosity and honest engagement.
- Influence the way children think about similarities and differences.
- Advocate for fairer representation of people targeted by oppression.

ARRIVE EARLY:
We're hoping to utilize our full 2 1/2 hours together to connect, think and learn.
If possible, please plan to arrive at 6:15 to get yourself situated, make yourself a name tag, and help yourself to snacks.

LOCATION: Hawthorne Family Playschool
* Trimet Bus #14 runs on Hawthorne.
* Plenty of Street Parking on East side of building/Main entrance.


THANKS to the generous grant from Emily Georges Gottfried Fund of OJCF to make this workshop series possible. The fund, administered by the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, provides grants focused on bringing diverse communities together to learn, discuss, celebrate and take action.
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We will read a few books out loud to the group. If you are a native Spanish speaker or you're fluent in Spanish and would be comfortable reading a bit in our workshop, please indicate that here. Thanks!
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