A few months ago I was browsing my Facebook newsfeed when I came across a post from a colleague of color. The post gave me a jolt like none other in recent memory. The article was titled Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People. One passage of the article states:Continue reading “Is Your Classroom a White Space?”
It began early this summer during a camping trip. Catalyzed by a fleeting thought that crossed my mind while participating in a park ranger-led activity. The thought unfolded into a summer side project investigating the presence of men as educators outside of classrooms and ultimately, this blog post.Continue reading “Where Are All the Men in Education”
This article was originally published at https://kristiepf.com/the-elephant-we-fail-to-see-guest-blog/. It was published with a focus on early childhood education, but the concepts apply to all level of education.
It was mid-April. The speech pathologist, occupational therapist, school psychologist, family and I, the early childhood special educator, were gathered around a large round table two feet off the ground, all sitting in child-sized chairs for Jose’s kindergarten transition meeting. It was our fifth of seven kindergarten transition meetings that spring.Continue reading “The Re-imagining IEP and IFSP Meetings”
Continue reading “Why Educators Need to Talk About Gender”
Nearly all professionals in preschool through fifth grade are statistically identified as a woman. This information alone has set the stage and tone for many conversations regarding gender in the profession. That said, like everything else related to identity, gender in the profession of education is complex.
Recently, students in one of my courses and I were discussing the topic of communication in schools. I began the class by showing the students the picture below. I asked them, “What thoughts come to mind when you look at this picture?”Continue reading “What Political Correctness Means to Educators”
Suspension and expulsion in education is troubling. Most troubling is the fact that, while Black boys account for less than 20% of the students enrolled in programs, they account for more than 50% of the children suspended and expelled. This is only the beginning of the issue.Continue reading “Discussing the Roots of the Suspension and Expulsion of Young Black Boys”
In 2009, the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) published a joint position statement on inclusion in Early Care and Education (ECE). The statement focused on the inclusion of children with disabilities.Continue reading “Dear Inclusion in ECE, It’s Time To Evolve!”
Continue reading “How Patriarchy Has a Grip on Early Childhood Care and Education”
As a teacher, father, and advocate, early childhood care and education has been central to who I am since 2003. Over the years, a handful of experiences have helped me understand what it truly means to be a man in the lives of young children. Some have been funny, others worth a casual nod. But far too many have been disconcerting. They lead me to feel like men don’t belong in early childhood care education (ECCE).
Third in a three part blog series on social justice by Dr. Andrew Goff…because #OurKidsAreListening.
On paper, the classrooms I taught in were labeled “inclusive”…meaning children with group identities of disabled and non-disabled. But, the classes were more than simply inclusive to children of diverse abilities, they were also inclusive to children of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, family unit, economic status, and more. During those years, and more so in the years since, I have come to realize that the practices I used were more than practices for the inclusion of children with disabilities. The strategies used in the classrooms I taught in were inclusive for all, regardless of group, cultural, or self-identities.Continue reading “Inclusion for One is Inclusion for All: Unite!”