If we are serious about raising inclusive, empathetic children who are able to think critically and compassionately about race and racial justice, the conversations have to start early. Our guests Aija Simmons, Sara Rizik-Baer, and Savitha Moorthy describe Mirrors, Windows, and Glass Doors*, a community-focused effort from Tandem, Partners in Early Learning that uses children’s books as a departure point for expanding the capacity of families with children under 5 to engage in critical conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Aija, Sara, and Savitha will pull back the curtain on the project as it gets off the ground - the factors that led to its creation, how it continues to evolve, the questions the working group is actively grappling with, and what they hope to accomplish. As always, we invite your questions and comments.
*The concept of "Windows, Mirrors and Sliding Glass Doors" in children's literature was developed by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop in her paper by the same name.