Equitable and inclusive practices for kids and families
Our purpose is to assist KC Ready 4s staff, providers, and families create equitable and inclusive learning spaces for all children.
Our Multicultural Services
- Equity Audits & Evaluations
- Culture & Community Building
- Referrals, Guidance, & Recommendations
Benefits of our on-site multicultural professional development opportunities offered to KC Ready 4s partners include: learning in a familiar environment with familiar people and situations allowing for contextualization and shared group learning.
Empowering Educator Identity and Agency
This workshop inspires self-reflection through guided activities and conversations to identify individual educator identity and agency; both contributing factors to educator satisfaction and effectiveness.
Implicit Bias in Teaching and Learning
There is much discussion about bias and becoming an “anti-biased” educator, some of these conversations are unhelpful, uninformed, and incomplete. This workshop provides clarity in the concepts, an overview of brain science, and explores common examples of bias in education.
Culturally Agile Interactions with Children and Families
Although educators may have some actual and/or perceived shared identities and group memberships with colleagues, children, and families, each individual is unique. Participants will learn how to approach others with sincerity to build authentic relationships based upon information and not speculation.
Workshops are research-based, informed by individuals of diverse identities, and honor formal and informal ways of teaching and learning. References are provided at the end of the workshop for ongoing exploration and learning.
Funds of Knowledge Newsletter
The KC Ready 4s Funds of Knowledge Newsletter is a new publication for the Early Childhood Education sector. The name is intentional: to honor the funds of knowledge each person contributes to the teaching and learning environment. We welcome your insights and encourage you to submit questions, future topics for consideration, and things you do to create inclusive and equitable learning spaces for all.
What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
Consider…Locating academic definitions of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to understand what it is and what it is not.
Avoid…Engaging in conversations about SEL without an agreed upon definition to avoid frustrating conversations.
Embrace…Acknowledging possessing inaccurate or incomplete information about SEL. Strive for information and not speculation.
For more information, please contact:
Marcy L. Peake, MA, LPC, NCC, CFLE
Director of Multicultural Education
Kalamazoo County Ready 4s
161 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 600
Kalamazoo, MI 49007