Democratic Spaces for Early Learning – featuring Suzanne Axelsson

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Democratic Spaces for Early Learning is a four-module series rooted in ideas shared by Suzanne Axelsson about fostering democracy with young children in early learning spaces. Educators will explore ideas and strategies for creating democratic spaces in early learning programs and classrooms.

Suzanne Axelsson is an educator, university professor, presenter, and early childhood consultant. She also inspires educators around the globe through her blog Interaction Imagination.

Four-module series


CL3a-Democratic Spaces for Early Learning: Module 1

As educators we talk a lot about inclusion and belonging. Yet rarely do we talk about democracy in early learning programs and classrooms. In Democratic Spaces for Early Learning Module 1, Suzanne Axelsson prompts educators to think deeply about what democracy means in our work with young children, and how to analyze early learning spaces with a lens for democracy.


CL3b-Democratic Spaces for Early Learning: Module 2

In Democratic Spaces for Early Learning Module 2, Suzanne Axelsson draws our attention to the ways we communicate with children. Suzanne tells us that the very way we engage in conversations with children teaches them how power is shared or not shared. The ways in which we listen to and speak with children become their experiences of democracy.


CL3c-Democratic Spaces for Early Learning: Module 3

In Democratic Spaces for Early Learning Part 3, we listen closely for children’s voices, knowing that democratic spaces are listening spaces. We consider how to listen to children regardless of their language skills, and how we teach children to listen to one another.


CL3d-Democratic Spaces for Early Learning: Module 4

In Democratic Spaces for Early Learning Part 4, we analyze equality and equity. With this lens we explore how to empower children by:

• Focusing on what children CAN do
• Teaching children how to show empathy for others
• Creating opportunities for children to make choices that consider others