How to teach children to embrace differences! [Webinar]

In this webinar we welcomed Dr. Donna Housman and Emily Stone from the Housman Institute! Dr. Housman and Emily led us through an engaging and interactive conversation on the impact of educator training and focused classroom practice in early childhood curriculum. From first hand experience, Emily shed light on how the strategies from Dr.Housman increased students’, educators’ and families’ understanding of others in the classroom. In this webinar, we gain valuable insight on how to foster important conversations around empathy in the classroom, and encourage young children to develop deep understanding of differences and the world around them.

🎤Our Special Guests:

Dr. Donna Housman, Founder and CEO of Housman Institute

Dr. Donna Housman, Ed.D has over thirty-five years’ experience as a psychologist in the field of child development and early childhood education. She founded Housman Institute and its lab school, Beginnings Child Development Center, based on emotional foundations of learning and cognition.Dr. Housman is the creator of Housman Institute’s flagship program, the evidence-based emotional, cognitive, and social early learning program, begin to ECSEL™.

Emily Stone, Manager of Curriculum and Coaching at Housman Institute

Emily is the manager of Curriculum and Coaching at Housman Institute where she supervises the development of content for Housman Institute’s programs and supports the implementation of begin to ECSEL in school systems with teachers, administration teams and site leaders, and families.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Dr. Housman and Emily!

  • Helping children understand and celebrate differences starts at birth.
  • Educators play a critical role in taking down walls and building bridges of awareness and understanding.
  • Children need to be exposed to different cultures, experiences and traditions with classroom materials and books that are inclusive
  • Empathetic educators have an impact in shaping learning environments for a more inclusive community and safe space for all children.
  • Helping children develop self-awareness as well as empathy for others from a young age is vital to building a strong future for us all.


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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 Customer Advocacy Specialist for HiMama!

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