EDvance presents at National Black Child Development Institute conference

Friday, October 27, 2017

EDvance, in collaboration with San Francisco’s Office of Early Care and Education, presented two workshops at the National Black Child Development Institute (NCBDI) conference, which was held in Atlanta from September 30 to October 2.

EDvance presenters

Presenters representing EDvance included Heather Daniels, academic success manager and Metro Academy of Child & Adolescent Development coordinator; Ashley Williams (B.A., Child & Adolescent Development, '10; M.A., Education, '16), lead analyst at San Francisco’s Office of Early Care and Education; and Daechelle Williams (B.A. Child & Adolescent Development, '15), lead teacher at SF State’s Children’s Campus and an EDvance alum.

NBCDI works to engage educators, parents, funders and policymakers advocating on behalf of Black children and families and share up-to-date research and projects that are helping to build resilience from a strengths-based perspective nationwide. This year’s conference theme, The Movement: Reignited, provided context for collective action and organizing in challenging political and educational times for black students and families. Notable speakers from this year’s conference include Iyanla Vanzant,  Michael Eric Dyson and keynote speaker Aisha Ray. The conference provided an inspiring platform for EDvance as an organization to deepen its commitment to equity and diversity within the early childhood education (ECE) community.

On Sunday October 1, Heather, Ashley and Daechelle facilitated a workshop titled, “Supporting Early Childhood in South Africa.” This presentation highlighted the work of the Child & Adolescent Development (CAD) South Africa Honors Program, which has brought a combination of CAD and Special Education students to Cape Town, South Africa to conduct service work in preschools for the past five years. This presentation included a practical road map for workshop attendees who were interested in creating a study abroad program at a public university, as well as tips for leveraging partnerships both on campus and internationally. The presentation also included a reflection on ways to remain strengths-based and culturally-responsive when working with diverse populations abroad.

The second EDvance workshop, “Supporting Diversity in the ECE Workforce,” highlighted EDvance's work in San Francisco’s ECE community to create rigorous, inclusive, and accessible education pathways to alleviate the teacher shortage. This presentation provided an uplifting platform for ECE practitioners to share best practices to retain and develop early childhood educators on a local and national scale. The group also brainstormed ways that San Francisco State University could collaborate with EDvance to increase the African-American student population in a gentrifying city.