Senior Kindergarten Teacher, National SEED Leader, Catherine Cook School, Chicago
As an early childhood educator, I have always been interested in the social emotional development of children. As our community becomes more inclusive and diverse, it is our obligation to ensure children will be able understand others' perspectives. To do this, educators must help children understand themselves, others and how we can all come together in our communities. These facilitated conversations must include our internal and external identities, the identities of others, and how our identity can influence our experiences. This includes our race, gender, sexuality, SES, and age. These conversations will help us to understand the diverse perspectives in our communities and begin to facilitate real understandings of how to change oppressive systems in our communities.