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Dr Lucretia Berry and Dr Tehia Glass on Justice and Belonging in the Early Years

In this interview we discuss why it's important for Early Years professionals to engage with the growth process of anti-racism; what a ‘just’ learning space looks like and how to create a feeling of belonging for all.

There is advice on where to start with your own anti-racism journey, how to reflect on your own practice and pedagogy and how to define ‘racial competence’.

We finish by discussing some strategies for embedding good practice into every setting, and how to support parents on their journey too.
· January 6, 2023

Dr Lucretia Carter Berry is an author, educator, speaker, and the founder of Brownicity, an agency committed to making important, scholarly-informed, antiracism education accessible, and a mission to foster education designed to inspire a culture of justice and true belonging for all.

As a wife in an interracial marriage and mom of three multiethnic children, Lucretia brings her personal and professional experience to the public sector where she is passionate about serving children and their adult decision-makers. Her books, courses, and TED Talk quell fears associated with racial literacy.

Dr. Tehia Starker Glass is the Cato College of Education Director of Diversity and Inclusion, the Inclusive Excellence Executive Fellow for Faculty Development for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and an award-winning Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Educational Psychology in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dr. Glass’ passion resides in ensuring that all marginalized students have successful schooling experiences. She is a former elementary school teacher who now consults nationally with teachers, schools, districts, and organizations to revise their instruction and curriculum to be more anti-racism oriented and is also a TED speaker.

Together they have co-authored a fabulous book called ‘Teaching for Justice & Belonging: A Journey for Educators & Parents’.

In this interview we discuss why it is important for Early Years professionals to engage with the growth process of anti-racism (even if your setting isn’t racially diverse). Dr Berry and Dr Glass explain what a ‘just’ learning space looks like in practice and how to create a feeling of belonging for all.

They have some great advice on where to start with your own learning journey, how to reflect on your own practice and pedagogy (including some great real-life examples) and also how to define ‘racial competence’.

We finish by discussing some strategies for embedding good practice into every setting, and how to support parents on their journey too.

Links:

You can buy the book on Brownicity here: https://brownicity.com/

Or Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1119834325/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Dr Berry’s TED talk can be found here:

https://www.ted.com/talks/lucretia_berry_children_will_light_up_the_world_if_we_don_t_keep_them_in_the_dark

Dr Glass’s TED talk can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVoVsbpfZhA

Dr Glass’s Graduate Certificate in Anti-Racism can be found here:

https://professional.charlotte.edu/programs/anti-racism-graduate-certificate

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