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CSEE Inclusion in the Early Years 2020


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Folk wisdom tells us young children don't notice differences or have any biases, yet research is telling us otherwise. What are age appropriate ways to develop intentionally inclusive and identity conscious children?

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CSEE Inclusion in the Early Years 2020

  1. 1. The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Seattle Girls’ School Inclusion in the Early Years: Why, What, and How Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  2. 2. About Seattle Girls’ School Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  3. 3. Agenda  Increasing Inclusivity  Dialogue Approaches  Curricular Approaches  Partnering with Home  Working Time  Questions and Answers Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  4. 4. Dimensions of Identity and Culture This model of identifiers and culture was created by Karen Bradberry and Johnnie Foreman for NAIS Summer Diversity Institute, adapted from Loden and Rosener’s Workforce America! (1991) and from Diverse Teams at Work, Gardenswartz & Rowe (SHRM 2003). Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  5. 5. Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee ( The Jones Model of Cultural Competence Cultural Self- Awareness Cultural Intelligence Cross-Cultural Effectiveness Skills Countering Oppression through Inclusion
  6. 6. Developmentally Appropriate Inclusion Work Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  7. 7. Early Awareness of Difference Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee ( Age Signs 6 months Can discern racial feature differences 3 years Awareness of own and others’ gender. Beginning awareness of gender roles 5 years Desire to categorize – self, others Curiosity about meaning of differences Aware of biases 7 years Can regulate biases versus behaviors Starting to parrot adult messages 3rd grade Are aware of societal stereotypes cross group play can increase 5th grade Have internalized stereotypical messages cross group play can decrease
  8. 8. Reflection Pause What is new, interesting, or thought provoking? How have you seen these developmental stages appear in your own students? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  9. 9. When They’re Little Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee ( Theme: Trying to Understand the World  Curiosity based questions about difference  Find out what they’re actually asking  Find out why they’re asking  Answer their questions straightforwardly  Model and coach humility, delight, and curiosity about difference  Be mindful of children’s media – it’s not always good for kids
  10. 10. Reflection Pause What is new, interesting, or thought provoking? What has gone well in the past, and what would you do differently? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  11. 11. Break Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  12. 12. Curricular Approaches  Exposure Base  Allowing Questions  Gentle Guidance  Modeling Comfort With Discussions  Expanding Definition of What’s Possible  Fairness, Kindness, and Rightness Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  13. 13. Examples  The Black Santa Story  The Jackie Robinson Story  What Makes a Family?  Xs and Os  Alternate Fairy Tales  Dress-Up Corner  Guest Speakers That Defy Stereotypes Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  14. 14. Reflection Pause What is new, interesting, or thought provoking? What has gone well in the past, and what would you do differently? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  15. 15. Lunch until 12:30pm Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  16. 16. Parents: Partners or Foes? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  17. 17. What Parents Fear and What We Can Do About It  “I didn’t know about this stuff…”  “I don’t have any language around this…”  “I want to protect their innocence…”  “Are you teaching my kids values?”  “I don’t want my kid to feel spotlighted…”  Heads Up Communication  Resources and Language  Clear Reiteration of Mission and Values  Research and Your Expertise  Explicit Communication of Parents’ Roles Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  18. 18. Stretching the Inclusive Boundaries Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  19. 19. Open Development Time Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  20. 20. Back in Our Schools… Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee ( Environment and Decoration images, role models, etc. Books We Read inventory, tropes, etc. Classroom Norms different, words, humor, etc. Family & Family History all kinds of families, adoption, estrangement, enslavement, etc. Self Portraits colors, textures, complexions, etc. Partnering with Parents letters, protocols, etc. Historical/Fictional Roleplay accuracy, non-appropriation, etc. Session One 2pm Break 2pm-2:15pm Session Two 3:00pm
  21. 21. Break Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  22. 22. Gallery Walk Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee ( Please spend a few minutes perusing the chart papers on the walls and take photos of any that you’d like.
  23. 23. Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee ( Closing Circle
  24. 24. Presenter Information Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee 6th Faculty and Professional Outreach Seattle Girls’ School 2706 S Jackson Street Seattle WA 98144 (206) 805-6562 Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (