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Resilience and Racial Equity
We are all striving to create early care and education spaces that promote resilience and racial equity. We invite you to join Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., and Rachel Wagner, MSW, as they help us think about how resilience work is equity work. Together, we will explore the intersections of risk, protection, resilience, social-emotional learning and racism. Race is not a risk factor, but experiencing racism and implicit bias puts Black and Brown children at higher risk for being overdisciplined and under-nurtured. The protective factors of healthy relationships, self-regulation, initiative, and internal beliefs can fortify both children and adults as we work to create culturally responsive and sustaining environments, where Black and Brown children’s identities can be amplified and empowered. In this webinar, we will learn to use a resilience framework to combat racism and promote social justice in early care and education. If we are going to protect and promote the resilience of Black and Brown children, we each have to fight fearlessly against racial injustice. What will you do differently?

Feb 2, 2023 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D.
Early Childhood Specialist & National Trainer @Devereux Center for Resilient Children
Nefertiti received her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University, her graduate degree from Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania, and her Doctoral of Education Degree from Walden University. Prior to joining the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC), Nefertiti worked as a Preschool and Kindergarten teacher in the city of Philadelphia. Since joining DCRC in 2002, Nefertiti has provided professional development and presentations that focus on educating parents, teachers, and administrators on the importance of paying attention to not only how children perform academically, but also how they feel, social and emotionally. Most recently, she has co-authored two resources: Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You and the award-winning Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children.
Rachel Wagner, MSW
Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist & National Trainer @Devereux Center for Resilient Children
Rachel received her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Sociology from Ithaca College and received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Albany. Rachel is a Lead National Trainer and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist for the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC). She is the author of FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging Behavior. She is also the co-author of Your Journey Together: Building the Resilience of Children and Families, and the Devereux Resilient Leadership Survey (DERLS). Rachel travels the country speaking to groups on topics related to social-emotional health and resilience. In her work at DCRC, Rachel enjoys a variety of responsibilities including adult learning design, live and web-based professional development, resilience resource creation, technical assistance, and long distance reflective supervision to groups and individuals providing early childhood mental health consultation, coaching and leadership services.