Launch of Anti-Bias Early Childhood Working Group 2019-2020 Cohort

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We are excited to announce the launch of the DC Area Educators for Social Justice network's second annual Anti-Bias Early Childhood Working Group, a collection of classroom educators, librarians, social-emotional specialists, non-profit directors, teachers trainers, and arts educators experienced and committed to anti-bias education.

The goals for the working group are to:

  • Provide feedback on children’s literature and other resources

  • Support teacher growth and development

  • Collectively create new curricular resources.

2019-2020 Cohort

A'ishatu Snowden
DC Prep

Megan  Macaraeg
Many Languages One Voice

Jill Wiebe
Horace Mann Elementary School  

Quianna Ford
Prev. Educare of Washington D.C.

Ariel Villano
Plummer Elementary School

Ebonie  Commey
Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center  

Jennifer McCatharn
Rocketship Rise Academy & University of Maryland  

Jennifer Pierson
Bruce Monroe @ Parkview ES 

Jessica  Cisneros
Two Rivers Public Charter School  

Stephanie Aduso
JO Wilson ES  

Sharrón Dean
Van Ness Elementary School  

Renee LaRue
King Elementary School 

Karishma Mehta
Prev. STEM Preschool

Sylvia Zwi
Sitar Arts Center  

Jacky Howell
Azspire, LLC  

Rachel Jamieson
The Lourie Center for Children's Social and Emotional Wellness  

Ashley  Chu
Center City Public Charter School  

Rachel Austin
Thomson Elementary School

Maureen Ingram
Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS  

Kelly Brown
Butler Montessori School 

Itzel Mejia-Menendez
De Colores Learning Center  

Karen O. Brown
Smithsonian-NMAI, Kennedy Center, WPA, Inner City Inner Child, Teaching for Change

Colleen Massaquoi 
Concord Hill School 

Leadership Team


Nichelle Dowell
Georgetown Day School

Marissa Howser
Breakthrough Montessori PCS

Sara Beshawred
Bruce Monroe @ Parkview ES   

Makai Kellogg
School For Friends

Shayna Tivona
Thomson Elementary School  

Carlos Duque
Capital City PCS

Rosalie Reyes
Teaching for Change


Six Word Essays 


The working group met for their session on Saturday, October 26 at Loyalty Bookstores. To ground the work in community agreements, the four core goals of anti-bias education (Derman-Sparks, Olsen Edwards, 2010), and multicultural curriculum, the working group created collective six word essays in small groups.

This activity was modeled from NPR’s The Race Card Project by Michele Norris and was adapted by Teaching for Change for use with Approaches to Multicultural Curriculum Reform by Dr. James Banks.

Find Dr. Banks' article in Teaching for Change's, Beyond Heroes and Holidays publication. Here's what they created:

The Contributions Approach
“Promoting stereotypes; easy but erases people.”

The Ethnic Additive Approach
“Adding content brings information without perspective”

The Transformative Approach
“Infuse all perspectives; beware the storyteller”

The Decision-Making and Social Action Approach
“Gather data, make decisions, take action” (+1, empower!)

The working group will meet monthly on Saturday mornings and/or early evenings throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Stay tuned for a multitude of children's literature reviews, new DC Area Educators for Social Justice Teacher Stories, and other articles from our group!


ABE Working Group Oct 26, 2019
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