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Hopes & Goals for the Future

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My hope for future work with children and families of diverse backgrounds is that we come to a place where culture and diversity are promoted, society’s power relationships have dissolved, and privilege is experienced by all. Until then we must never forgot we have the power to help children “thrive and to succeed in school, in work, and in life” by what we say and do everyday in the classroom. (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010, pp. 1) We must continue to work toward being true anti-bias educators. “We are cultural workers, whether we are aware of it or not.” (Pelo, 2008, pp. 4) We are making a difference everyday, we must ask ourselves is the difference I am making a positive difference for all children.

A goal I have for the Early Childhood Field related to diversity, equity and social justice is greater awareness and increased actions to ensure “all children have equal opportunity to become all they are” (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010, pp. 9) Anit-bias work needs to become common language in all educational programs. Teachers new and experienced need to training and teaching to help them reflect on their own bias and influence children in a positive non-bias manner.

Thank you to my Walden Colleagues for sharing your knowledge and stories. I appreciate your continued support, motivating ideas, and the insight you have brought to my self-reflective process. I wish you a positive experience as you continue your journey toward your educational and anti-bias goals. Remember we make a difference everyday even if we never get to see it!

Reference

Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. (2010). Anti-bias education for

     young children and ourselves. Washington, DC: NAEYC.

Pelo, A. (Ed.) (2008). Rethinking Early Childhood Education. Milwaukee, WI:

Rethinking Schools.

 

 

 

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Author: cstravato

I am a wife of 14 years and have two boys, one is 10 and an the other is 8. They are busy and keep us hopping. I have been a pre-school teacher for 9 years with a break in the middle to teach kindergarten in FL for three years, and I had the luxury of staying home with my two boys for a few years. I enjoy teaching pre-school age children it gives me great pride to help set a generation up to succeed in their school careers and life. I am currently going back to school to complete my masters degree in early childhood education at Walden University.

One thought on “Hopes & Goals for the Future

  1. Christina,
    You make a great point about people in the field of early childhood education making a differences everyday even if we never get a chance to see it. It is so important that educators keep in mind the impact that they have on the children that they encounter as well as those children’s families. We have the power to mold these children into great things. On the other hand, our interactions can tear them down as individuals. We have to be sure that we are doing all that we can to ensure that we leave positive impressions on the lives that we touch. Many blessings and success to you and you continue towards the finish line! Happy Holidays!

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