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Exploring Social Justice with Young Children

Social justice is a salient topic in classrooms today. Research demonstrates that children from very young ages internalize messages about power and privilege with regard to gender, race/ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation, which they perpetuate through their play and talk. It is important to begin to introduce and navigate these topics with students at young ages. This collection will provide resources on how to effectively integrate social justice into classrooms. (By Jomayra Herrera)
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Exploring Social Justice with Young Children
  • BloomBoard Spark says:
    This free professional development seminar is really helpful for thinking deeply about how you can integrate culturally responsive pedagogy in your classroom. This is particularly useful, because teachers can go at their own pace and it’s something that can be done either individually or in groups. This is something great to do as a PLC! The information is easily digestible, as it mixes video, text, and projects to deepen your learning.
  • ececompsat.org
    ececompsat.org

    Social Justice in Early Childhood Classrooms: What the Research Tells Us

    12 minute read
    BloomBoard Spark says:
    This short article reviews research on the importance of integrating social justice and critically conscious pedagogy in early childhood classrooms. This is very helpful if you are looking for general background on this topic. However, it does not have activities that will be directly applicable in the classroom.
  • BloomBoard Spark says:
    This book list provides educators recommendations for books that can help students explore racial identities in an developmentally appropriate context. This list is great, because it offers books for several types of racial backgrounds. However, note that the books need to be purchased. I recommend purchasing the paperback version if you are looking for a more affordable option.
  • naeyc.org
    naeyc.org

    Critical Inquiry in Early Childhood Education: A Teacher’s Exploration

    20 minute read
    BloomBoard Spark says:
    In this teacher research study, this preschool teacher investigates how critical inquiry can be used to give children a curricular space to explore inequities in their lives and find ways to create social change. While this resource may be a little lengthy, it provides a comprehensive perspective on the journey this educator took to integrate critical inquiry in her classroom.
  • BloomBoard Spark says:
    This free training kit for early childhood educators profiles seven classrooms in which teachers are helping children develop their understanding of fairness, respect, and tolerance. This kit has to be ordered, so make sure to plan ahead! The companion text is lengthy, but is something that can be worked through over time -- perhaps in a PLC or a staff meeting.
  • BloomBoard Spark says:
    This website gives teachers access to several lesson plans that incorporate important aspects of social justice in the classroom. This is a great to resource to use if you are crunched for time and/or need ideas of what social-justice related lessons you could implement in your classroom. The site lets you filter through resources, so you can get exactly what you are looking for.
  • BloomBoard Spark says:
    A first grade teacher provides multiple examples of activities and lessons that can be used to help students learn how to celebrate both their similarities and differences. Her recommendations are easily adjustable to the specific communities represented in your classroom. I love her idea for family flags, because it not only creates a more inclusive classroom culture, but it also helps students navigate their own identities.
  • naeyc.org
    naeyc.org

    If I were President: Teaching Social Justice in the Primary Classroom

    15 minute read
    BloomBoard Spark says:
    A K-2nd grade teacher discusses her experience implementing a social-justice curriculum in her classroom. This is a really useful case study that you should discuss in your PLC or grade level team meeting. She provides some interesting classroom activities and walks through how students responded and what was the ultimate effect in her classroom.