Talk About It: Real World Issues Summer Workshop

June 7th, 2021 - July 2nd, 2021

Raise your hand if you want to start “doing the work” at home with your kids, or kids you are close with, but you just aren’t sure where to start? 

 Don’t worry! I’ve got you! I’m Naomi O’Brien, and I want to help you navigate having these important conversations with the young children in your life. I have been educating my own child, students in my classroom, peers, and adults for years, and I’d love to help you, too.

 When we avoid or delay having critical conversations with our children, it leads them to form their own conclusions and make assumptions about race. Many caregivers would like to believe their kids are “colorblind” or that just saying “be kind” will be enough to raise an anti-racist kid, but research shows that children see race, have biases, and choose friends based on race as young as 2.5 years old (Katz and Kofkin, 1997).  Furthermore, by 5 years old, children can have the same thoughts about race that adults do (Kinzler, 2016)! That fact motivates me to continually do this work with young kids. The good news is that discussions and explicit lessons about race can impact a child positively and improve their racial attitudes in as little as one week (Bronson and Merryman, 2009). These conversations are worth it. When I think about the ripple effect that can happen if children all over the country are getting lessons like this, it gives me hope for future generations. 

 I will facilitate 20 lessons that include 6 eBooks and resources that I’ve researched and created to help you have these critical conversations and teach about diversity, race, stereotypes, bias, police brutality, and identity in an age appropriate way. (A calendar of lessons can be found below).  Noah and I will go through the lessons together and ask and answer questions that you will be able to answer and learn from as well.

*eBooks will be read over multiple days in order to allow lessons to really stick with kids. The lesson questions will change each day, but the eBook content will remain the same. The repetition will help build children's background knowledge and understanding of these issues.

What is This Exactly?: 

A month long online course for families: Talk About It Real World Issues. You will have the option to access 10-20 minute daily video lessons with my son and I. We will be having conversations about diversity, race, identity, bias, police brutality, and stereotypes. You can follow along and learn from us and with us. There will be questions to answer and practices to consider. These lessons will take place Monday through Friday for 4 weeks. And the lessons will build upon each other. Each day your children will be given a quick check for understanding assignments. You will also be able to upload their work to our private FB group, where you can also ask kid related questions and learn within this community.

A new lesson will be released each day and replays will be available for three months!


Who Is It For?: 

Kids ages 5-8 and their caregivers (kids will be expected to write/draw, and discuss). You may choose to let them draw while you write their responses for them. Their thoughts and feelings are what's most important.


When Does it Take Place?: 

June 7th , 2021 - July 2nd, 2021

1 lesson/discussion will be available to watch and learn from each weekday. Taking each lesson one day at a time allows the important content to sink in. You and the child in your care will be able to build upon the previous days' discussion/lesson. 


Why Is This Needed?: 

To help students and their caregivers work towards being anti-racist by normalizing having important conversations about race, diversity, stereotypes, identity, and bias, and discussing how to live this out in their lives. 

Many caregivers want to have these conversations, but have expressed that they aren't sure where to start. This will be a great starting point.


Where Does it Take Place?: 

Online at HeySummit

Online in a private Facebook group (meant for sharing your child's work, or voicing 

questions & concerns relating to your child during the anti-racist workshop).


What Will I Need?: 

A device to access the online course and Facebook, student work printed out, crayons 

(preferably ones that show a range of skin colors), & a pencil.


What Comes With My Purchase?: 

A digital download of all of the lessons, eBooks, student work, and teacher guides. You may work on your 

own or preview them before the lessons with Noah and I.

*eBooks will be distributed a week before the workshop begins


Depending on the package chosen:

-General Admission to 20 daily lessons/discussions (with access for three months)  + FB Group

or

-On Your Own + FB Group 

Schedule

6.7.2021 - 7.2.2021

1 lesson/discussion per weekday (20 total).

Student work for each weekday.

Check for understanding and feelings check for each topic (6 total).


Early Bird Rate + General Admission BOTH Include:

*Access to pre-recorded lessons and discussions with Noah about diversity, race, identity, bias, police brutality, and stereotypes.

*Digital eBooks and teaching guides for each lesson about diversity, race, identity, bias, and stereotypes.

*Printable student work.

*Access to a private Facebook group community to discuss progress with other caregivers and parents.



Early Bird Rate:

Register between April 20th and May 14th

Only $97 per family

*Sessions begin June 7th - July 2nd

*Replays available for 3 months

*About $24 a week


Regular Rate

Register between May 15th and June 6th

$127 per family

*Sessions begin June 7th - July 2nd

*Replays available for 3 months

*About $32 a week


On Your Own + FB Group

Register between April 20th  - June 6th

Only $55 per family


On Your Own + FB Group Includes:

*Digital eBooks and teaching guides for each lesson about diversity, race, identity, bias, and stereotypes and can work at your own pace.

*Pacing guide included

*Printable student work

*Access to a private Facebook group community to discuss progress with other caregivers and parents

*About $14 a week

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It's time to get focused on the areas you need help with

Unlike physical conferences where you can end up sitting through content you just don't need, this Anti-Racist Summer Workshop is delivered entirely online. Dip in and watch the specific talks you need to transform your business, or catch them all. It’s up to you!

View the schedule
22 days
2 speakers
7 categories
Diversity: Lesson 1 Day 2 June 08, 2021, 05:00 AM
Naomi O'Brien & Noah O'Brien Read Like a Rock Star Teaching
Race: Lesson 2 Day 1 June 09, 2021, 05:00 AM
Naomi O'Brien & Noah O'Brien Read Like a Rock Star Teaching
Stereotypes: Lesson 5 Day 4 June 29, 2021, 05:00 AM
Naomi O'Brien & Noah O'Brien Read Like a Rock Star Teaching
Stereotypes: Lesson 5 Day 3 June 28, 2021, 05:00 AM
Naomi O'Brien & Noah O'Brien Read Like a Rock Star Teaching

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