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Incorporating Inclusive/Absent Narratives in OST and Child Care

Thursday, July 30, 2020
12:00-1:45 p.m.

Authentic narratives centered around people of color are often missing in education because talking about experiences that are different from your own is intimidating; however, these conversations are important because they build a foundation for youth to draw from when engaging in conversations about race.

Out of School Time (OST) and child care programs play a crucial role in teaching youth about race and privilege. Staff must be intentional about the narratives included during lessons. Creating lesson plans that include often absent narratives requires staff to have training and resources to unpack their own privilege and bias. This is the responsibility of OST/child care leaders.

Learn about the importance of owning your own narrative, and develop the skills and strategies necessary to begin to engage in conversation with direct service staff about the importance of absent narratives in OST/child care curriculum.


Ariel Gittens


Kim Spitzfaden

Ariel Gittens and Kim Spitzfaden met while working in Roseville Community Education OST programs. They first developed a training on Inclusive/Absent Narratives for part-time staff as part of the district's equity work. Both Kim and Ariel were cognizant of the role that OST plays in disrupting the Euro-centric narrative present in the American education system and realized there was a need for this training beyond the Roseville OST team. They have continued to educate the Roseville OST team, while bringing their training to the broader OST/child care community. Between the two, they have 17 years of experience in youth development. Ariel is currently a Student Support Coach at Roseville Area Middle School. Kim is an Out of School Time District Coordinator with Roseville Community Education.

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