The Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education is an interactive teaching and learning community for social change that prepares professionals to work with children, their families, and their communities and provides children with opportunities to make meaningful connections between their classroom, home experiences, and the work of adults. We are a community where children see adults engaged in the teaching, practicing, and learning of social change, social justice, and leadership, and adults see the early development of social change, social justice, and leadership as they observe and participate in the children's learning process.
The Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education is the meeting place, the hub around which teaching and learning for collaborative, cooperative, inclusive social change revolve. We create developmentally, racially, and economically accessible educational settings and practices that empower learners to find their own voices and to see themselves and others as unique and complex individuals influenced by the social and political contexts of their experiences. We understand the importance of different learning styles and creating a variety of opportunities for children to learn from adults and for adults to learn from children. We use praxis in all of our teaching and learning.
All members of the Praxis ECE community are expected to engage actively in thinking, discussion, and change as we learn about the nature, dynamics, and impact of bias, oppression, and cultural relevancy and the ways in which theories, practices, and institutions are opporessive. It is critically important that we encourage and support each other in questioning assumptions and practices, moving beyond out individual and group comfort zones to change and grow. We hold ourselves accountable to our mission and core values through this process. Praxis ECE's cultural relevancy and anti-bias commitment applies to all area of discrimination, including (but not limited to) those based on race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, language, country of origin, religion, gender, age and disability.
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