Explore your own biases and how your personal lens can potentially impact your interactions with others.
Access the following to complete this Assessment:
This Assessment is a Performance Task in which you will explore your own biases and how your personal lens can potentially impact your interactions with others. In addition, you will take on the role of an early childhood educator at Madison Place Preschool who is working to address issues related to access, equity, and positive change, both in your classroom and at Madison Place Preschool.
Your response to this Assessment should:
1. Reflect the criteria provided in the Rubric, which provides information on how the Assessment will be evaluated.
2. Adhere to the required assignment length.
3. Use the APA course paper template available here.
All submissions must follow the conventions of scholarly writing. Properly formatted APA citations and references must be provided where appropriate.
Professional Skill Written Communication is assessed in this Competency. You are strongly encouraged to use the Writing Checklist and to review the Rubric prior to submitting.
This Assessment requires submission of one (1) document that includes all four parts of this Assessment. Save this file as CR003 _firstinitial_lastname (for example, CR003_J_Smith). When you are ready to upload your completed Assessment, select “Submit Attempt”.
Part I: Overcoming Bias
In order to be an effective early childhood educator and anti-bias advocate, it is necessary, first and foremost, to recognize and challenge one’s own biases. While this may not seem difficult on a surface level, there are, in fact, various strategies and practices for recognizing the overt and more subtle or covert biases one may possess.
In two to three pages, address the following:
1. Describe yourself, including any relevant information about your own social identity and culture. Explain how your own identity and/or culture might influence your professional practice. If applicable, share your own experiences with privilege, oppression, and/or bias.
2. Identify three strategies that you will use in order to explore and overcome your own biases.
3. Explain why you chose these strategies and how exploring and overcoming your own biases can positively impact the children and families with whom you work.
Part II: Addressing Bias and Promoting Equity in Early Childhood Classrooms
Bias and discrimination affect people from all walks of life. In the early childhood field, bias and discrimination are especially troublesome, as they can have long-term impacts that can continue to affect children through adulthood. Read Document #1: Madison Place Preschool Scenario prior to beginning Part II.
In three to four pages, complete the following:
1. Describe four strategies that you will use in order to address bias and promote equity among the young children in your classroom.
2. Explain why you chose these strategies, and how they will help address bias and promote equity.
3. Describe how you will implement these strategies to advocate for positive social change on behalf of the children in your classroom
4. Describe one way you will partner with families and/or the community in your advocacy efforts.
Part III: Access, Equity, and Promoting Change in Early Childhood Organizations
While advocating for access, equity, and change in early childhood classrooms is an important first step, early childhood settings support this advocacy effort on an organizational level.
In two to three pages, complete the following:
1. Describe how you will advocate for anti-bias curriculum in your early childhood setting or one in which you might work.
2. Explain why anti-bias curriculum should be adopted in in this setting.
3. Explain why access and equity at the organizational level are important to developing early childhood programs that help promote the growth and development of children, families, and communities.
4. Include a description of at least one organization with whom you might partner to promote access, equity, and social change for young children and families in your early childhood setting or one in which you might work, and explain why you have chosen this organization.
Part IV: The Positive Impacts of Promoting Access, Equity, and Change
In two pages, describe the significant and lasting impacts that access and equity can have on children, families, communities, and a global society.
Specifically, your response should include the following:
1. an explanation of the benefits of advocating for access, equity, and change on children’s healthy development and learning
2. an explanation of how advocating for access and equity in early childhood classrooms and programs can benefit children, families, and communities, and provide a specific example