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March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

SPECIAL RESEARCH FORUM: Race and racial equity in early childhood development

Each month’s Crane Research Forum features research on emerging or key topics affecting children. These events are free and open to all, but registration is required.

Join the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity for a very special March research forum.

We are thrilled to invite two experts for a deeper look into their work and research on racial equity and early childhood development. Each one will present then offer a chance for audience Q&A.

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Dr. Marisha Humphries, associate professor and licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago

Centering Race in Social and Emotional Learning as a Leverage for Equity in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education, from the educators to curricula, often take a color-blind or color-neutral orientation whereby race is not considered an important part of young children’s lives. However, race is a critical component in children’s development and ignoring race undermines their development. This presentation will discuss the centering of race in social and emotional learning (SEL) as it relates to training school professionals and being integrated into an early childhood curriculum. The transformative SEL framework is utilized in this work as it acknowledges race as a salient element in SEL. It addresses issues of power, privilege, prejudice, discrimination, and social justice in SEL in order to facilitate equitable learning environments.

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Dr. Clemens Noelke, research director for the diversitydatakids.org project at the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University

The Future of Child Opportunity Mapping

Unequal neighborhood environments are an important factor contributing to racial/ethnic inequities in children’s healthy development. But how to best measure neighborhood contexts remains an active area of investigation. This talk will review different approaches to measuring neighborhood opportunity and compare widely used single-measure indicators (e.g., the neighborhood poverty rate) and composite indices of neighborhood opportunity (e.g., the Child Opportunity Index). We show that composite indices differ considerably in their construction and predictive validity, and offer some clear advantages compared to single-measure metrics of neighborhood opportunity. We conclude with an outlook of what the future of neighborhood opportunity maps and their applications might look like.

Join us in welcoming both Dr. Humphries and Dr. Noelke to The Ohio State University for this very special research forum from the Crane Center and Kirwan Institute.

*Live captioning will be provided. If you would like to request other accommodations, please contact Cathy Kupsky (kupsky.3@osu.edu). Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.


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