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Anti-Racist Teaching in the Early Years is a three-part series that explores the role and responsibilities of an anti-racist educator. Educators will have an opportunity to reflect on who they are and how their experiences and social identities impact their students, their teaching and their relationships with their families. As well, they will explore how to integrate an anti-racist teaching approach to increase student achievement for underserved students, address issues of prejudice, bias and discrimination and create an inclusive learning environment.

This webinar series will be delivered via Zoom videoconferencing. Attendees will be emailed the link to the Zoom meeting several hours before the start of each webinar in order to maintain a secure online space. Captioning will be used during the webinars for accessibility. Due to the emotional nature of the subject material, a dedicated support person will be available during the webinar. If you have accesibility needs, please contact us directly.


Attendance at all three webinars is recommended but not mandatory as the subject material builds on previous sessions.




Session 1: Being an Anti-Racist Educator

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Session 2: Integrating an Anti-Racist Teaching Approach to Improve Student Achievement

















In the second session, educators will:

  • Learn how to be intentional in their teaching practices to address opportunity and achievement gaps for marginalized students 

  • Use an anti-racist lens to identify which resources they can use to support anti-racist work with students in the early years

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 11:30am-1:00pm EST

The Presenters


Sabrin Saraj, RECE


Sabrin is an Early Childhood Educator with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Her experiences as a newcomer to Canada in the Ottawa public school system shaped her desire to pursue a career in education. She believes that the experiences through the early years of a child’s life determines their love of learning and mindset of their education. Sabrin’s hope is for every child to have a positive relationship with their educators to become independent learners.


Chantel Smith, OCT


Chantel is a primary teacher with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. She has devoted her teaching career to supporting our most underserved students and the educators who teach them. With experience as an ESL/ELD instructional coach and action researcher, she is committed to improving the academic outcomes of our most vulnerable students. She firmly believes that teachers are agents of change.


Session 3: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment for Students and Families



In the final session, educators will:

  • Examine ways of creating an inclusive learning environment supportive of students' wellbeing, social and emotional needs

  • Develop strategies to deepen family engagement and build stronger, more community connected practices in the classroom

  • Explore ways to effectively address issues of prejudice, bias and discrimination as they arise in the classroom and school environment

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:30am-1:00pm EST 

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