Creating an anti-bias classroom for children through picture books [Webinar]

In this webinar we were joined by Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson, Stefanie Paige Wieder and Autumn Allen from Barefoot Books! They joined us for an important conversation on how to understand and tackle bias in early childhood, and what practical tools we need for fostering children’s positive identity and their understanding of others during these critical years. During this webinar we discussed how and when children start to develop bias, how to recognize the gaps in anti-bias education within your own childcare setting, and we gained practical tools for evaluating and selecting high quality books that support high quality anti-bias early childhood education.

🎤Our Special Guests:

Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson – Head of Global Citizenship at Barefoot Books!

Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson has worked as an educational advisor to the Department for International Development in London, the World Bank and other multilateral institutions on issues related to educational reform, curriculum development and teacher training. As a researcher and consultant, Dr. Jackson has worked with NGOs, educational foundations and schools around the world to explore teacher and pupil perspectives, global diversity, teacher training and school effectiveness. She serves on the board of educational institutions in Haiti, Kenya and Germany each of which focus on mentorship and teacher training.

Autumn Allen – Educator, Writer & Editor at Barefoot Books!

Autumn is an educator, a writer, an editor and a reviewer of books for children and young adults, and an independent scholar of children’s literature. She holds an MA-MFA in children’s literature and writing for children from Simmons, a master‘s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied cultural psychology, and a B.A. in literature from Yale. Her graduate studies and her practice as an educator in community settings inform her interest in children’s literature as a tool of cultural transmission and as a potential site of cultural transformation

Stefanie Paige Wieder – Director of Education and Content at Barefoot Books!

Stefanie enjoyed many years of working with children, families and teachers in diverse settings all over the United States as an early childhood educator and program director before transitioning to her focus to children’s product development. Since 2014 she has served as the in-house early education expert at the independent children’s book publisher, Barefoot Books, and is currently their Director of Education and Content. Stefanie earned her dual master’s in Early Childhood General & Special Education / Infant & Parent Development & Early Intervention from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and her B.A. from Harvard University.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Paula, Autumn & Stefanie!

  • Understand what the research tells us about how and when children develop bias. 
  • Recognize and bridge gaps in anti-bias education practice within your own childcare settings. 
  • Get tools for evaluating and selecting books that support high-quality anti-bias education.
  • Get activity ideas and strategies for your classroom!


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!