2020 GlobalMindED Conference
June 6-8
Sheraton Denver Downtown
GlobalMindED is a 501(c)(3) innovation network that closes the equity gap through education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic mobility to create a capable, diverse talent pipeline.
Insights from Dr. Pamela Harris, Winner of the GlobalMindED Early Childhood Inclusive Leader Award

Dr. Pamela Harris , President & CEO of Mile High Early Learning, Denver's largest and oldest provider of subsidized quality early care and education. She is founding Chief Operating Officer of the Denver Preschool Program, former Director of Denver Great Kids Head Start, and current adjunct higher education faculty for early childhood education including the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program. Dr. Harris co-chairs Colorado's Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory and helped to oversee the completion of Colorado's Early Childhood Workforce Plan 2020, Colorado's Professional Development Competencies Framework, and Early Learning and Development Guidelines-key features in Colorado's comprehensive early care and education system. 
Born with 100 billion neurons - as many stars as are there are in the Milky Way - babies have enormous, natural potential. They're curious, attentive, and inquisitive. Their healthy development depends upon warm, responsive relationships with the adults in their lives, a supportive, secure environment, and healthy nutrition. When all are in place, children thrive.
The relationships and interactions with parents, teachers, and caregivers are critical to cultivating every child's unique potential. Language begins with the very first cry; newborns actually cry with an accent! Three-month-olds understand gravity, and 9-month-olds have a sense of numbers. Toddlers learn 10 new words every day. Children ages 1 to 4 ask, on average, 76 questions per hour.

At the same time, babies are learning about race and equity. It may seem a bit of a stretch, but research shows that 3-month-old babies can visually categorize faces by race. If we are not attentive, they also begin to absorb and mimic our own biases. At 9 months, they can no longer make distinctions among facial features of races other than their own. By the time they are toddlers, they start to connect race with a person's behavior. Preschoolers of all races associate more positive traits to the dominant race. And as kindergarteners, children begin to ascribe negative behavioral traits to non-dominant races.

But we know that children are sponges and are capable of amazing feats of learning. If frequently shown images of racially diverse people, 9-month-olds learn to identify different racial features. Toddlers are responsive to positive messages about their own and others' race. Preschoolers can identify and act out against racial injustice on their own. Children who feel positive about their heritage, as well as that of others, can become change agents. It's our job as adults to help grow them to be ones.

First, we need to work on our own biases, assumptions, and prejudices about race. At Mile High Early Learning, 140 plus staff members are engaged in challenging, sobering, and rewarding work focusing on race and equity. From teachers to cooks, administrative staff to family and community advocates, and education coaches to content specialists, we are on a journey together. Our first steps included exploring our own identify and its many facets. We asked all staff members to participate, and we provided many ways for them to engage. Some staff members have volunteered to be Race & Equity Leaders, facilitating Communities of Learning for the entire staff. Others joined the Steering Committee to help provide direction for the organization. Senior management read and discussed Courageous Conversations About Race. For some, the work has been troubling-"Why do we have to talk about race?" For others, it has been freeing-"Finally, we're talking about race." Staff were asked, "Do you believe that the facets of your identity are a source of pride and self-worth?" and 86% agreed. However, when asked if they believed that their co-workers valued those same facets of their personality, 55% agreed, and 32% were unsure.

Three years after this work started, more than 75% of staff members believe they have strategies needed to confront biased speech or actions against a child, family, or colleague. Two-thirds of staff feel comfortable bringing up program-wide practices or policies that they believe marginalize groups to program leadership.

However, when asked if they thought coworkers confronted biased speech or actions by directly questioning or challenging those behaviors, only 26% agreed, while 41% were unsure, and 32% disagreed. Although 38% of staff believed that coworkers would address biased behavior by indirectly sharing it with a supervisor or coworker, more than half were unsure.

So, we know that we have more work to do. As we begin to understand ourselves better, address our own behaviors, and support our coworkers in their journey, we can also provide better guidance for our children. Our next step is strengthening our partnerships with parents so that all children grow  up proud of who they are and celebrate their culture, heritage, history, and most importantly, themselves.

Thank you for honoring me with 2019 GlobalMindED Inclusive Leader Award in Early Childhood Education; it's an honor that I share with all my staff.

Resources: School Readiness Consulting; Equity in Early Learning Initiative; University of Pittsburgh School of Education Race and Early Childhood Collaborative


Each session is based on how things get done, key stakeholders, measurements and ability to bring about change at scale. Participants do not spend time talking about their background; time should be devoted to unique, innovative work and what it has achieved. Sessions will be selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Diversity of people and perspectives 
  • Specifics of how to solve a complex issue in the area of access and equity 
  • Evidence-based solutions to our toughest pipeline problems 
  • Demonstrating a unique, innovative and effective approach 
  • Sharing potential pitfalls and hazards faced in the field 
  • Information is impartial to specific products and services 
  • Providing concrete and specific takeaways Involving the audience in creative and constructive engagement

 THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS

PARTNER NEWS
Each Sunday Conscious Capital shares a new "Sustainable Sunday with the SDGs" blog post

193 countries came together to devise a plan to make the world a better place...now it's your turn. What is an SDG? "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations". These goals were created with the intention to transform our world by 2030. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

836 million people live in extreme poverty. SDG #1 aims to end poverty in all its forms by the year 2030.

Invest 2 minutes in No Poverty by watching this  short video


by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

August 20, 2019 -   Denver, CO

This event brings together civic-minded leaders from enterprise, government, academia, research, impact investors, startups and nonprofits to dive deep into what it takes to create a state full of connected communities. It includes a full day of sessions and workshops designed to enhance collaboration and move innovation forward. The event also features a tech showcase of cutting-edge smart city solutions. Together, we will create the ultimate citizen experience, one partnership at a time. Learn more and register  here


The purpose of this award is to recognize and publicly honor those individuals, institutions or organizations based in the state of Colorado that have made a significant and exemplary contribution to the sustained improvement of the health of multiple populations over an extended period of time in a global health setting. 

Do you know someone who you would like to nominate? Learn more  here.
DEADLINE: September 6, 2019 (midnight)


September 12-13, 2019  
Fritz Knoebel Event Center - University of Denver

GlobalMinded is pleased to partner with TiE Denver International Summit September 13 with a pitch competition on September 12. We have 15 discount passes and would like to share these with you. This summit is focused on the global political and economic impacts (challenges and opportunities) affecting Colorado startup and scale up companies in Manufacturing, Martech, Fin tech, Blockchain, SaaS tech, Digital Heatlh and Health Care solutions. It is designed for Executives, Owners, Investors, Leadership Teams and local to global policy makers. Speakers include the  Consul General of India, CEO's and Execs from Colorado, Dubai, UK, Canada, Mexico, Asia . There are 25+ panelist experts speaking on successes and and challenges of funding, growth and market expansion locally, nationally and globally. Join us to add to the conversation and learn how you can be involved. 

Use code: TiEDenver2019- GM to get in for just $97 if you register 
before August 30 (limited to first 15).

   Register for the conference  here 
OR  Apply to pitch  here 

September 17, 2019  
Trusteeship Council Room United Nations New York, NY

Working together with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), Earth Day Network, Future Coalition, and other partners, the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) will hold the first annual Global Climate Restoration Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Leading in to the events of the high-level debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly, the Forum will promote the theme and message of climate restoration, focusing on removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, restoring ocean ecosystems, and restoring and preserving Arctic ice. Bringing together thought leading practitioners from science, engineering, economics, policy, finance and industry, the Forum aims to discuss why Climate Restoration is an essential framework for climate action, and how we can safely restore a healthy climate in a single generation.

We're inviting people to register via this Eventbrite page and then we'll get back to you by Sept. 2 to confirm your registration, pending availability. 
October 22-24, 2019 - New Orleans, LA

Grantmakers for Education's 23rd annual conference will be held in New Orleans under the theme Supporting Students in Overcoming Adversity: Agency, Justice, Equity. We are taking inspiration from the students who lived through Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent overhaul of the education system. Local successes and challenges will stimulate national conversations about transforming education, from birth through postsecondary success. Drawing on brain science and the latest evidence, we will explore the social, emotional and academic dimensions of learning. Register here.
Ricky Kej, Grammy┬« Award-Winning Composer and UNESCO Global Ambassador for Kindness, released the trailer  of his latest album SHIVA. It   was recorded live, to an audience of over 7000 people, with 40 musicians from 6 countries and a 300 member choir. The album is an ode to all species, our environment, and humanity. The audio album launches on all leading platforms on the 14th of August 2019. The concert film will premier on the 30th of October 2019 (on a leading streaming platform).
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