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Jane Elliot to headline Race, Social Justice, and Early Childhood Education Virtual Event.

Save the Date: a discussion with Jane Elliott moderated by Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Assoc. Vice President of Policy, Erikson Institute.

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 7

Register here.

Free for teachers and families.

About Jane Elliot

Jane Elliot is well known for her controversial and startling Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise that she performed with children in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.

Now famous, this exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority or member of a marginalized group. (

Watch her describe the exercise here.

Panelists include:

-- Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton

-- Ricardo Estrada, CEO of Metropolitan Family Services

-- Grace Araya, Director, Community Systems Statewide Supports of Illinois Action for Children

-- Terris Ross, PhD, VP, Policy & Advocacy, Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)

Speakers will focus on the following topics:

-- Black Male Expulsion Rate in Early Childhood

-- Impact of Racism on Social/Emotional Development

Early Childhood Workforce: Low Wages, High Expectations

The event is sponsored by:

Early Childhood Alliance, Erikson Institute, Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston Cradle to Career, and the Evanston Early Childhood Council.


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