Speak Up Courses

How Do We Talk With Children About Race?

Our signature training is our Speak Up Course which can be taken as a 7-part series or a 3-part Saturday series. It is open to parents, caretakers, and professionals who work with children, or anyone else who wants to learn with us. We also offer different formats of the course for schools and community organizations.

In our course participants:

  • reflect on their own stories and experiences

  • explore the research on race and children

  • deepen their analysis of systemic racism

  • practice meaningful responses to challenging situations

  • and learn about developmentally appropriate resources for teaching and raising anti-racist children.

Summer Introductions

For some people, the idea of talking about race in a course setting can be daunting. Our informal introductory conversations are an opportunity to hear a short presentation about our organization. We’ll let you know who we are, why we do what we do, and why we’re inviting you to join us. We’ll answer your questions, and you’ll leave with information about some possible next steps.

Let’s meet

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Helix Cafe in Edgewater
Cost: Free
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Weekend Workshop Series

Weekend Series: Part 1 of 3

This 3-part series covers the same content as our 7-week course: How Do We Talk to Our Children About Race? Participants must complete Part 1 before attending Parts 2 and 3. We will be offering Parts 2 and 3 in the winter and spring, dates TBD.

Part 1 Overview

In Part One of How Do We Talk to Our Children About Race, participants will:

  • reflect on their own early experiences with race-develop language for race, power, and privilege (racial literacy)

  • explore the research on race and children

  • and deepen their analysis of systemic racism.

Attend one session to complete Part One of the three part course series.

September Part 1

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
Cost: $120 per person*, breakfast and lunch included
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October Part 1

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
Cost: $120 per person*, breakfast and lunch included
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Weekend Workshop Series: Parts 2 & 3

Sessions TBD: Please check back for dates to be announced. Participants must complete a Part 1 session before attending Part 2, and must complete a Part 2 session before attending Part 3.

Part 2 Overview

Participants will:

  • reflect on the racialization of our communities past and present

  • explore how internalized racism and white supremacy influence children and families.

  • learn how to support children in achieving the four goals of anti-bias education.

Part 3 Overview

Participants will:

  • learn guidelines for talking with children about race in a developmentally appropriate way-role play constructivist conversations with children

  • explore resources for teaching our children (literature)

  • make plans to take action: where do we go from here?


Dad’s Group

Parent-centered events often draw more women than men. To encourage men to engage in anti-racist parenting, we are offering this course just for men. This course will use an intersectional approach to anti-racism that critically explores the ways in which dominant constructs of masculinity impact our relationship to power, privilege, and oppression.

Dates: Monday evenings beginning September 23, 2019

The course registration fee* includes:

  • 16 training hours, led by 2 professional co-facilitators

  • Speak Up's Course Book

  • 2 highly recommended children's books on race

  • Access to Speak Up's Alumni Community and Resources

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* If you would prefer to pay in installments or the course fee is limiting to you, please contact us. A limited number of sponsorships may be available. It is Speak Up's goal to make this course accessible to everyone who would like to participate.