Early childhood educators and providers looking for guidance on supporting better outcomes for young boys of color have a new resource.
“10 Promising Practices in Early Learning for Black Boys: Action Toolkit” is a practical guide for how to address institutional racism that impacts young Black boys and create equitable learning environments that serve the needs of all children. Published by the Boys of Color workgroup, the Toolkit expands on key strategies for improving educational equity that were featured in the workshop “Improving Early Learning Outcomes for Boys of Color: 10 Promising Practices.”
Oakland preschool teacher Nini Humphrey knows what it means to center young Black children. She shares a personal experience that she had with a Black preschool boy who was transferred to her classroom mid-year. The boy was considered “challenging” by his previous teacher, and Nini discovered on day one the unruly behaviors that had led to this negative label.
The Promising Practices Portfolio is now a workshop for educators!
In November, OSSS launched “Improving Early Learning Outcomes for Boys of Color: 10 Promising Practices,” a three-hour training based on the innovative equity strategies and approaches that were featured in the report developed by the Boys of Color workgroup.
“This was, so far, the best training I have attended on this topic,” wrote one OUSD participant in a post-workshop evaluation survey. “I appreciated that this [workshop] actually talked about bias in education and education of young children.”