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First Name Basis Podcast

Mar 29, 2022

My dear friends, we have been on this anti-racism journey together for 2.4 years, and it’s AMAZING to think about the growth we’ve gone through together. 


Over the course of almost 100 episodes, we’ve gone from talking about the basic building blocks to more in-depth conversations. And just like we as adults have worked to build up our own understanding of anti-racism, we need to do that for our kiddos too — and we need to do it in a way that is developmentally appropriate.


These conversations need to be happening while our kiddos are young, but that doesn’t mean we need to have them drinking out of the fire hose — we need to see where they are and present the concepts in a way that are appropriate for their current understanding, using their language.


So how do you do that? We’re here to help! In this episode, you’ll learn:


  • Why we need to be having these conversations and providing the building blocks to our young kiddos.
  • The 4 goals of anti-bias education and how they apply differently to different age groups.
  • More about our two at-home anti-racist education programs — Ally Elementary and Ally Elementary Jr. — and how each can help you creat an anti-racist family culture.


Ally Elementary & Ally Elementary Jr


Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast, so I created Ally Elementary — and registration is now open! And we’re also excited to announce that we will be launching our new program, Ally Elementary Jr., for kids in preschool through second grade at the same time.


During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action.


Click here to register for Ally Elementary (3rd-8th graders). 

Click here to register for Ally Elementary Jr. (preschool-2nd graders). 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode


Season 5, Episode 9: “Don't Wait Until Something Bad Happens To Talk To Your Kids About Race with Dr. Lucretia Berry


Conversations With Kids About Race” by Margaret A. Hagerman


Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves” by Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards


Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN