Anti-bias Education in the Early Years

Register to join us for this film screening and conversation on May 25, 2021 from 8 to 9:45 pm ET. 

We’re thrilled to host a screening of the new film Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years, as well as a conversation with the film producers and with two of the teachers featured in the film.

The film focuses on teachers in diverse early childhood classrooms who are committed to equity - in terms of race, gender, disability, language, class and other identities of the students and families they serve - on a daily basis. We watch those teachers use anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms and also see them reflecting on their practices.

Anti-bias education giants Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo produced the film as a resource for early childhood educators wanting to engage in anti-bias practices and featuring the voices and practices of fellow teachers. The film focuses on teachers in classrooms but also offers practical insights about anti-bias helpful to any of us with young children in our lives.

Join us to watch the film and hear from Debbie, John, and two teachers featured in the film, Joyce Jackson and Nadia Jaboneta. As always, we welcome your questions and insights!


Nadia Jaboneta

Nadia Jaboneta lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and 3 children. She is a program coordinator and classroom teacher at Pacific Primary preschool. She has 22 years of experience in Early Childhood Education teaching young children, training teachers, consulting and facilitating workshops. She is passionate about social justice and is proud to have immigrant parents from Lima, Peru. She also is the author of two books, one entitled You Can’t Celebrate That: Navigating the Deep Waters of Social Justice Education and Children’s Lively Minds: Schema Theory Made Visible.

Joyce Jackson

Joyce Jackson is a teacher at the Epiphany Early Learning Preschool in Seattle, Washington. She has been working in the early childhood education field for over 30 years. She says, “Our children’s first years are their most impressive! Having such an important role in the early education of our future is very, very rewarding … working with children gives me a warm fuzzy feeling on the inside and that’s always a good thing!” Joyce Jackson has done local presentations, has been a featured teacher in Exchange Magazine. She is a wife, a mother of three, and a grandmother of twelve.

Debbie LeeKeenan

Debbie LeeKeenan is a long time social justice educator, early childhood consultant, lecturer, and author. She has been in the field of early education for over 48 years. She is a former preschool, special education, and elementary school teacher. She has been a member of the early childhood faculty at Tufts University, Lesley University and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has written numerous books including Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs with Louise Derman-Sparks and John Nimmo. Debbie is a member of a multi-racial family and an active grandmother.
Debbie LeeKeenan headshot.

John Nimmo

John Nimmo is a professor of Early Childhood Education at Portland State University in Oregon. From 2003 to 2013 he was Executive Director of the Child Study and Development Center and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire where he was recipient of the Social Justice Award and the Excellence through Diversity Award. His many publications Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs with Louise Derman-Sparks and Debbie LeeKeenan. He is also a former early childhood and elementary teacher in his first home of Australia and in the United States.
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