Why engage in JEDI work with Elementary School Students?
The 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision led to the racial integration of public schools. The decision hinged partially on “the doll test” - an experiment showing that both Black children and White children both preferred to play with White dolls and chose them as “good dolls” over Black and Brown dolls. Recent studies have replicated these results. These children were not explicitly taught this conception of the racial hierarchy, but internalized it through society’s messages. Even today, children internalize unspoken messages about race, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, and other social identifiers. If educators do not discuss areas of difference, children will make their own assumptions about the weight those differences hold. It is up to us to engage our children in developmentally appropriate conversations in order for them to help us build a more just and equitable world.
What speakers have you hosted or co-hosted in the past?
Monique Marshall at Echo Horizon School for faculty/staff, and parent education
Isabelle Wilkerson with New Roads School for the full community
Ibram X Kendi with New Roads School for the full community
Dr. Bettina Love at Echo Horizon School for faculty and staff
What resources guide your work?
Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards
Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain by Zaretta Hammond
Curriculum As Window and Mirror by Emily Style
Start Here, Start Now, by Liz Kleinrock
Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools
Learning for Justice
Our Faculty have also read the following for summer readings in recent years:
I Can Hear You Whisper by Lydia Denworth
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
We Want To Do More Than Survive by Bettina L. Love
Why do you keep writing “d/Deaf?”
Deaf with a capital letter D refers to folx who identify as part of the Deaf community, of which a shared sign language, such as American Sign Language (ASL), is a prominent feature. When deaf is spelled with a lower-case letter, it refers to anyone who has a hearing loss. Although we don’t use ASL at Echo Horizon school, some of our students and families do identify as being part of the Deaf community.