Dr. Jen Neitzel is the Executive Director of the Educational Equity Institute, which is focused on eliminating the educational and opportunity gaps within communities through systems level change. Prior to this work, Jen was a Research Scientist and Technical Assistance Provider at FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. During her time at FPG, her work focused on implicit bias; disparities in suspensions and expulsions; trauma; and culturally responsive anti-bias practices. Jen presents frequently at state and national conferences and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. She also is the author of the book Achieving Equity and Justice in Education through the Work of Systems Change. Jen also is the co-editor and author of the Handbook of Racial Equity in Early Childhood Education.
Educational Equity Institute
In this talk, Dr. Neitzel talks about the current state of early childhood education as well as the ways in which racism and white supremacy influence policies and practices. At the conclusion of the talk, concrete strategies are provided to translate what was learned into practice.
In this talk, Dr. Neitzel provides background information about the ways in which racism and white supremacy show up within the early childhood system. An appreciative inquiry framework is then presented, which offers districts and organizations with a strengths-based approach to systems change. In this model, the voices of those most affected are centered to work towards more meaningful change.
I speak directly from my heart about racism and how it shows up in early childhood settings.