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Diversity in Early Childhood Education


Amarilis (Amy) Iscold

Contact information

Email Address: amarilis_marquesisco@cuesta.edu
Virtual office hours: Tuesday 10-11.
Also available for email or remote meetings.

Instructor Contact Expectations:

The best and fastest way to contact me is email.
I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays. During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours. On
weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response.

Course Environment:

This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book.
Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas:

Prior to the Monday classes start, you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark /favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.
If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.
If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after our course start date and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address:

Online Learning:

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings. Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class


First, go to the Online Readiness Resources to take a "self-assessment”. There are many resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do not describe you, then taking this class online might not be for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.
Please log in and check our course at least three or four times throughout the week to make sure you are accessing all the information and interaction to make this a successful endeavor.

Course Description

Explores the issues of diversity and social justice and applies these concepts to early education programs. Self examination and reflection contribute to a deepening understanding of how to best support children as they gain a sense of identity and become respectful and confident members of our complex, diverse society. Various classroom strategies will be explored, emphasizing a culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approach to creating a multicultural classroom. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Critique theories and review the multiple impacts on young children's social identity.
  2. Analyze various aspects of children's experience as members of families targeted by social bias considering the significant role of education in reinforcing or contradicting such experiences.
  3. Critically assess the components of linguistically and culturally relevant, inclusive, age-appropriate, anti-bias approaches in promoting optimum learning and development.
  4. Evaluate the impact of personal experiences and social identity on teaching effectiveness.

Text Book and Materials

  1. Anti-Bias Education for Young Children & Ourselves, 2nd ed. Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards with Catherine M. Goins Washington DC: NAEYC, 2020.

Note: You do NOT need to be a member of NAEYC to purchase the textbook.  You do get a discount on the textbook if you are a member.

Weekly chapter readings are required, beginning the first week of the semester.  


Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to
support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.
If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.
Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome. This may solve your problem! Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specifications.


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services) at 805-546-3148.

College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy:
Please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the

Add / Drop Policy:

If no activities are turned in by week 4, I can opt to drop students without
notice. In addition to my policy, please review the Cuesta policy:

Waitlist Policy:

When there is room, waitlisted students are added in order of attempt to enroll in
the class. In addition to my course specific procedures, please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructionsLinks to an external site.
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