Arizona Alliance of Black
Beyond Diversity: Equity & Excellence in Early Childhood Education
This session will engage participants in activities and dialogue regarding racial equity and early childhood education. This session will help participants understand the role of early educators in promoting developmentally appropriate racial and ethnic socialization for young children, and how these practices are related to aspects of effective teaching and children’s developmental outcomes. We will also explore the larger context of organizational climate and other systemic policies that ultimately impact teachers’ and children’s experiences. This experience will enhance the considerations a nurturer, provider and teacher makes in their planning and practices. This experience will also provide a forum to investigate the collective experiences, skills, and talents of the participants to discover best practices in the field of equity in early childhood education.
Dr. Eva Marie Shivers is the Director of the Institute for Child Development Research & Social Change, a non-profit action research firm at the Indigo Cultural Center. This center focuses on exploring families’ culturally adaptive responses to poverty. Dr. Shivers has served as Principal Investigator on numerous research studies that involve participatory-based research with community agencies and diverse cultural communities. Dr. Shivers received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Education, Psychological Studies in Education. She also holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Shivers’ research interests include: early education workforce issues; teacher-child attachment relationships in early education; and other early education issues involving race, culture and family sensitive care. She has presented her research on race, culture and child development throughout the country and has numerous peer-reviewed publications.
She is currently finishing up a federally funded longitudinal study on the effect of cultural continuity between home and school on young children’s transition to kindergarten. Dr. Shivers also provides research consultation to federal, state and local policy makers – especially around the issues of racial equity in early childhood systems building, and how young children’s experiences with race in the education setting impacts their development.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.