The purpose of this session is to share strategies for transforming your programming or curriculum by centering the narratives of Indigenous, Black and People of Color (IBPOC) in nature. This is an important step for creating inclusive programs that honor culture. By the end of this session participants will be able to: 1) describe the importance of centering IBPOC narratives and roles and 2) list strategies for transforming their programming or curriculum to support more inclusive programs.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Ashley Brailsford, PhD is a long-time educator and nature-lover who launched Our Joyful Learning Community to curate nature-based for families and professionals that honor culture, explore well-being and inspire joy. She began her teaching career as an elementary Montessori teacher before becoming an early childhood professor. While working in higher education and later as a non-profit director of family literacy programs across the country, much of her teaching and research interests were grounded in family engagement and building trust in culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse communities. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her seven year old son exploring parks, gardening, and anything near a body of water.