Little Chairs Big Differences and Maple Street School Present:

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Black Lives Matter Brunch

For Children and Their Grown-Ups Ages 4-8

(Older children can be helpers and younger children will not be turned away).

Purchase tickets here.

Come talk about race in a safer space.

Child centered with parent/grown/up programming

Combination of workshops, dancing, activities and speak outs.

We will have honest and aware discussions working, playing, dancing and acting towards empowerment and change-making.

Potluck Community Lunch will be served--please bring nut-free, vegetarian foods to share for lunch.

Saturday February 9, 2019 9am-12:30pm

Schedule:

9:00 am-12:30pm

9:00am-9:30am- Arrival/Check in

9:30am-11:45am- Family Race Workshop

11:45am-12pm Youth Speak-Out

12pm-12:30pm- Community Potluck Lunch and dance party

Dr. Worokya Duncan will be leading our workshop.

Dr. Worokya Duncan is a professional educator with 20 years of classroom experience, a Doctoral-level education, a great deal of energy, and a commitment to students. Over the course of her career, she has taught both elementary and middle school students in a variety of subjects, including United States History, Literacy and Science.

Primarily, her focus is Diversity and Inclusion. From workshops, to institutes, to short talks at schools or business organizations, Dr. Duncan informs, enlightens, and engages. Her efforts undoubtedly extend beyond academics. She works hard to instill a sense of pride, community, and motivates students to set higher standards. With everyone with whom she interacts, she takes time to connect with each one, demonstrating genuine sensitivity. Through an ongoing process of planning, delivering, reflecting, and refining lessons, she has been consistently successful at balancing individual needs with the federal, state, and local standards and assessments. 

Dr. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies and Political Science; two master degrees in Theology and Education and an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction in Education. Given the combination of her competencies, she pursued research in Africentric curriculum in a quest to provide options in affecting true positive change in eliminating the race-based education achievement gap. Through professional development sessions, lectures, workshops, and seminars, Dr. Duncan illuminates the hidden and often ignored issues affecting education in the United States.

Contact us at ecediversityconference@gmail.com with questions.

Participate in a Valentines' Day Action:

write postcards to support children and families detained at the US/Mexico Border.

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From members of our LCBD Committee and our brave and creative friend,
Activist Patricia Okoumou:

Send a Valentine’s Day/Dia Del Amor Y La Amistad postcard to show some love to migrant children at the border!  In the spirit of Amor y Amistad, love and friendship, as Valentine’s Day is celebrated in much of Mexico and Central America, our goal is to collect thousands of postcards to represent the children impacted by our nation’s zero-tolerance immigration policy across the United States. Thousands of children are waiting with their families, have been separated from their families or made the journey to the border without an adult and are currently in detention. A group of activists from across the country, led by Activist Patricia Okoumou, who climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 2018 to protest our government’s inhumane treatment of migrant children, will collect these cards at a gallery in El Paso, Texas and deliver them along the border and to detention centers.  Help us reach our goal of an outpouring of amor y amistad, love and friendship, from people of all ages across the country. In a time of heightened criminalization and marginalization of immigrants and people of color, help spread our message of compassion and concern for the well-being of children and those who are most vulnerable in our world. Host a postcard writing pop-up for kids where they can decorate and write a postcard as an act of love and protest. Download and print one of our designs, or make your own! Send to The Glass Box, 210 Poplar St El Paso, TX 79901. Visit https://patriciaokoumou.com/ for more details. You can also access a teaching guide to bring this into your classroom and community here.

If you would like to help spread the word via social media please email us at ecediversityconference@gmail.com for a social media toolkit.  


Please contact us at ecediversityconference@gmail.com with questions!

Little Chairs Big Differences

For and By Early Childhood Educators and Care Providers

-2018 theme-

Brave and Creative:

Early Childhood Practices For a Just World

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About Us

Little Chairs Big Differences was founded in 2013 by The Maple Street School, a small co-op preschool in Brooklyn, with the collaboration of Wendy Cole, Martha Haakmat, and Takiema Bunche-Smith.  LCBD hosts a variety of events (workshops, panel discussions, celebrations...) and one major yearly conference that offer action-based and social justice-minded resources, support, professional learning, and community connection for those who work with young children.

As early childhood educators we are fundamentally involved in raising awareness and challenging perceptions and accepted norms for the youngest learners and those who work with them, yet we are often left out of larger conversations about identity and intersectionality. Through gatherings and events, Little Chairs Big Differences aims to create space for a means of both celebrating and going deeper into this work, broadening our understanding, and being more action-oriented toward creating a more just society and world.

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