Cultural Relevancy and Anti-bias Awareness
Anti-bias education incorporates the philosophy of multicultural education while expanding to include other forms of bias, stereotypes, and misinformation. Anti-bias education not only addresses race and ethnicity but also includes gender, language, religious diversity, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities and economic class. Anti-bias education takes an active, problem solving approach that is integrated into all aspects of an existing curriculum and a school’s environment. An anti-bias curriculum promotes an understanding of social problems and provides students with strategies for improving social conditions.
Approaches We Use:
- Incorporate culturally diverse/anti-bias philosophy in physical surrounding, for example through books, posters, and displays.
- Provide children opportunities to participate in culturally relevant activities.
- Train staff annually on culturally sensitive/anti-bias approaches to interacting with children and families in the program.
Adult Child Interactions
Launch teachers model pro-social behavior with their children in a supportive and encouraging environment. Adults and children share control of the classroom. Every person in the classroom community takes responsibility and initiative over their own learning. Teachers focus on children’s strengths and skill building, and therefore build strong and positive relationships with the students.
The tone of all Launch classrooms is warm, inviting, and positive. Teachers engage with children at their level. They share conversations with a mutual give-and-take so children have opportunities to express themselves and build their language skills. Teachers participate in children’s play by taking on roles as children suggest. By playing with children, teachers build relationships, foster language skills, and are able to expand children’s thinking by suggesting new ideas within ongoing play situations.
Launch instructional framework is based on the HighScope Approach to Preschool Education (HighScope) and focuses on building the necessary skill set for a smooth transition into Kindergarten. HighScope’s research based active participatory approach finds that children learn best through hands-on experiences with people, materials, events and ideas. Teachers plan for a variety of learning experiences that give children opportunities to explore and manipulate materials in a safe environment. As children explore, Launch preschool teachers observe, document, and assess the children to track strengths, areas of growth, needs and interests. They use this information to plan experiences and interactions which will foster their language development, cognitive development, physical development, and social-emotional development and skills in the arts, mathematics, literacy and science and technology.
Our enrichment programs provide a balance between staff-led activities, group and individual pursuits, and free choice time. The children are free to choose any of the many games, books, art supplies, and sports equipment available for their use. The teachers are always involved in the activities, whether it is in directing the activity or monitoring a free choice game. We use social skill development games, self-esteem building tools, and conflict resolution models to provide the opportunities for children to share their own ideas while being an active participant in a supportive and well-supervised environment.