Using Literature to Help Young Students Discuss Race and Develop Empathy

Course Overview

We live in a world, where race and ethnicity are pillars of human kind. As educators to young children, we strive every day to bring these topics to the forefront establishing trust and empathy in our children to have conversations about race. In our session, we will introduce you to Literature Groups, a model of facilitating small group conversations about books with children that has been practiced at University Child Development School for many years. In this session we will cover the process from: selecting books, facilitating conversations, tackling difficult questions and collaborating with families on this journey.


Namrata is an Early Elementary teacher at UCDS. This is her fifth year teaching in the United States and she loves it! Namrata is from Bombay, India and moved to Seattle from UCDS's partner institution, Ascend International School (AIS). Namrata was a founding teacher at AIS and worked there for three years. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and has been teaching for over 10 years. Namrata loves living in Seattle with her husband and her cat from India!

Patrick is a 1st and 2nd grade teacher at UCDS. Coming from a background in curriculum development for various non-profits such as The Representation Project, this is his third year in the classroom! Patrick works collaboratively with teachers and students everyday to think about diversity, equity and inclusion. He holds B.A.'s in Political Studies and Media Studies with a cross focus on neoliberalism's influence on identity portrayals in children's broadcasts from Pitzer College. Having lived all over the country, Patrick has now happily settled into Seattle and calls it home.

Date & Time: March 26, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Fees: $40 (clock hours included)

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$ 40.00