Indigenous Wisdom for Listening to Children and Families

Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today. Each conversation is facilitated by BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Each free webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations.

In this conversation, Dr. Hinemoa Elder, MNZM, will share some of her reflections as a Māori child and adolescent psychiatrist, with the aim of broadening our focus in order to foster and maintain well-being for families.

Dr. Hinemoa Elder, MNZM, is of Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa, and Ngāpuhi nui tonu descent. She is an advocate for Te Reo Māori — the Māori language and the cultural knowledge the language embodies. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Elder works clinically in community, inpatient, and forensic settings, and has conducted research grounded in Māori methodology and ways of knowing and being on traumatic brain injury in young people, and dementia from a Māori perspective. A Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Elder received the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 for services to Māori and Psychiatry. She is the Chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) and is on the working group for child and adolescent psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association. Before beginning her medical career, Dr. Elder hosted a a live daily children’s television program in Aotearoa. In 2021, her best-selling book, Aroha: Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet, became listed on the Oprah Winfrey Book Club.

How to Call People In (Instead of Calling Them Out)

Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today. Each conversation is facilitated by BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Each free webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations.

In this conversation, Professor Loretta J. Ross will share stances, skills, and strategies for listening to those with whom we disagree. She will discuss how we can call in those whose implicit or explicit biases limit what they hear into productive conversations and new understandings.

Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, Loretta J. Ross teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture. Professor Ross co-created the theory of reproductive justice in 1994 and has dedicated much of her career to health and reproductive justice for women of color. She has served as Executive Director of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, National Program Director of the National Black Women’s Health Project, National Coordinator of the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and National Co-Director of the March for Women’s Lives (Washington D.C, April 25, 2004). A self-described radical Black feminist, Professor Ross is also an activist and public intellectual, and has co-authored three books on reproductive justice: Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice (2004); Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017); and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique (2017). Her newest book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2022.

What the Eyes Don’t See: Listening to Children and Families to Uncover Environmental Injustice

Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today. Each conversation is facilitated by BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Each free webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations.

In this conversation, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will retrace what she heard and saw as she listened to children and families that led her to uncover the lead poisoning epidemic disproportionately affecting the Black and Brown communities of Flint, Michigan. She will also discuss how she partnered with families in Flint to build a national movement for environmental justice.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a pediatrician, scientist, activist, and author. Her research on blood lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s children sparked a national environmental and racial justice movement. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is founder and director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016 and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She has testified four times before the United States Congress and is a recipient of the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America. Most recently, she received the 2020 CDC Foundation’s Fries Prize for Improving Health. A frequent contributor to national media outlets, she is the founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, and author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.

WEBINAR: Using Culturally Responsive Practices During Transitions

Each family experiences transitions in their own way. These transitions are shaped by their cultures, traditions, past, and expectations. Families may see transitions — to and from early childhood programs — as both an opportunity and a challenge. Through culturally responsive relationships, staff can strengthen child and family outcomes before, during, and after a child’s transition.

This webinar is a part of the Building Culturally Responsive Relationships with Families from Recruitment to Transition series. Understanding families’ cultures — and our own — is essential to building respectful partnerships with families. This is especially true during challenging times for families and communities. In this four-part webinar series, participants learn strategies for partnering with families during their time in the program — from recruitment through to the child’s transition out of the program. We draw on foundational concepts from the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework and the Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement.

In this session, participants will:

  • Reflect on families’ experiences and cultural perspectives about the transition process
  • Learn strategies that support cultural responsiveness during the transition process
  • Review steps programs can take to strengthen their relationships with community partners to best serve families with their transition into and out of the program
  • Explore resources to facilitate a smooth transition for all families

Event Format:
Live interactive webinar with live Spanish translation!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
This series is designed for all professionals who work with families of young children in early childhood programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, and other child care settings.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 1000

Price:
$35/webinar or $120 for all 4 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price:
$33/webinar or $115 for all 4 (Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live webinars? Register to access the recordings!

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

Would you like to bring this webinar or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?
BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information!

WEBINAR: Partnering with Families in Culturally Responsive Ways During Challenging Times

Culturally responsive relationships affirm all families’ strengths, cultures, and commitment to their child’s learning and well-being. These relationships are especially important for families who are experiencing challenges to their well-being. When we are culturally responsive, families see our programs and community partners as a source of support. Staff can partner with parents in culturally respectful ways to address concerns related to housing, health, mental health, finances, or family and child safety.

This webinar is a part of the Building Culturally Responsive Relationships with Families from Recruitment to Transition series. Understanding families’ cultures — and our own — is essential to building respectful partnerships with families. This is especially true during challenging times for families and communities. In this four-part webinar series , participants learn strategies for partnering with families during their time in the program — from recruitment through to the child’s transition out of the program. We draw on foundational concepts from the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework and the Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn strategies for engaging in conversations about sensitive topics related to housing, finances, health, mental health, or child and family safety
  • Explore tools such as reflective practice and reflective supervision to support relationship-building with families experiencing challenges
  • Review ways to advocate for and support families by strengthening community partnerships
  • Learn about resources to support engagement with families in difficult times

Event Format:
Live interactive webinar with live Spanish translation!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
This series is designed for all professionals who work with families of young children in early childhood programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, and other child care settings.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 1000

Price:
$35/webinar or $120 for all 4 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price:
$33/webinar or $115 for all 4 (Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live webinars? Register to access the recordings!

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

Would you like to bring this webinar or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?
BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information!

WEBINAR: Nurturing Culturally Responsive Relationships

Building relationships that are culturally responsive is essential to engaging families. Understanding a family’s cultures takes curiosity, humility, a commitment and willingness to learn from our mistakes. Staff can use strengths-based strategies and reflective tools to communicate with families in ways that are culturally responsive and respectful.

This webinar is a part of the Building Culturally Responsive Relationships with Families from Recruitment to Transition series. Understanding families’ cultures — and our own — is essential to building respectful partnerships with families. This is especially true during challenging times for families and communities. In this four-part webinar series, participants learn strategies for partnering with families during their time in the program — from recruitment through to the child’s transition out of the program. We draw on foundational concepts from the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework and the Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore concepts and practice skills for building culturally responsive relationships
  • Examine strategies for having challenging conversations and repairing relationships with families
  • Explore the use of reflective practice and reflective supervision as tools to deepen culturally responsive practice
  • Discover resources for skills, knowledge and practices for nurturing culturally responsive relationships

Event Format:
Live interactive webinar with live Spanish translation!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
This series is designed for all professionals who work with families of young children in early childhood programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, and other child care settings.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 1000

Price:
$35/webinar or $120 for all 4 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price:
$33/webinar or $115 for all 4 (Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live webinars? Register to access the recordings!

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

Would you like to bring this webinar or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?
BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information!

WEBINAR: Building Culturally Responsive Relationships Right From the Very Start

As we get to know families during outreach, recruitment, and enrollment, we have opportunities to learn about their cultures — and our own. Our cultures affect our beliefs, values, perspectives and decision-making. We need to know what is important to families and how that impacts what they want for their children and themselves. Understanding cultures is an important step toward building respectful relationships with families.

This webinar is a part of the Building Culturally Responsive Relationships with Families from Recruitment to Transition series. Understanding families’ cultures — and our own — is essential to building respectful partnerships with families. This is especially true during challenging times for families and communities. In this four-part webinar series, participants learn strategies for partnering with families during their time in the program — from recruitment through to the child’s transition out of the program. We draw on foundational concepts from the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework and the Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn key terms and concepts about culture and cultural responsiveness
  • Reflect on their own cultural identity and identify ways to set biases aside
  • Discuss culturally responsive strategies for engaging with families during outreach, recruitment, and enrollment
  • Learn about resources that can deepen knowledge about culture and cultural responsiveness

Event Format:
Live interactive webinar with live Spanish translation!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
This series is designed for all professionals who work with families of young children in early childhood programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, and other child care settings.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 1000

Price:
$35/webinar or $120 for all 4 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price:
$33/webinar or $115 for all 4 (Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live webinars? Register to access the recordings!

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

Would you like to bring this webinar or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?
BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information!

WEBINAR: The How of Challenging Conversations

Focusing on families’ strengths makes us more effective at navigating challenging conversations. Perspective-taking and having a strengths-based mindset help us recognize and elevate what each person brings to the conversation. Come explore strengths-based strategies we can use to better engage with families every day and during times when conversations may be challenging.

This webinar is a part of the Navigating Challenging Conversations: Why, What, and How webinar series. Challenging conversations are an inevitable part of building trusting relationships with families, colleagues and partners. While these conversations can be uncomfortable, they are also opportunities for self-reflection and growth. In this series, we will explore how racism, culture, and bias may affect when and how we experience conversations as challenging. We will practice applying a strengths-based approach to effectively engage in challenging conversations.

Event Format:
Live interactive webinar with live Spanish translation!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$30/webinar or $75 for all 3 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price:
$28/webinar or $70 for all 3 (Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live webinars? Register to access the recordings!

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

Would you like to bring this webinar or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?
BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information!

WEBINAR: The What of Challenging Conversations

Topics we find challenging to discuss can include behaviors we find difficult, concerns about a child’s development, family relationships, and family well-being. What these topics have in common is they can make us uncomfortable. Come explore why these topics are hard not only for us but also for families, colleagues, and partners. Learn what we can do to promote productive and collaborative conversations about challenging topics.

This webinar is a part of the Navigating Challenging Conversations: Why, What, and How webinar series. Challenging conversations are an inevitable part of building trusting relationships with families, colleagues and partners. While these conversations can be uncomfortable, they are also opportunities for self-reflection and growth. In this series, we will explore how racism, culture, and bias may affect when and how we experience conversations as challenging. We will practice applying a strengths-based approach to effectively engage in challenging conversations.

Event Format:
Live interactive webinar with live Spanish translation!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$30/webinar or $75 for all 3 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price:
$28/webinar or $70 for all 3 (Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live webinars? Register to access the recordings!

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

Would you like to bring this webinar or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?
BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information!

WEBINAR: The Why of Challenging Conversations

Uncovering how our own cultures, experiences, and biases affect what we consider challenging is a critical step toward effectively navigating challenging conversations. Come explore what impacts what we see as challenging and why.

This webinar is a part of the Navigating Challenging Conversations: Why, What, and How webinar series. Challenging conversations are an inevitable part of building trusting relationships with families, colleagues and partners. While these conversations can be uncomfortable, they are also opportunities for self-reflection and growth. In this series, we will explore how racism, culture, and bias may affect when and how we experience conversations as challenging. We will practice applying a strengths-based approach to effectively engage in challenging conversations.

Event Format:
Live interactive webinar with live Spanish translation!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$30/webinar or $75 for all 3 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price:
$28/webinar or $70 for all 3 (Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live webinars? Register to access the recordings!

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

Would you like to bring this webinar or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?
BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information!