Louise Derman-Sparks’ research areas of interest are race and education and multicultural education.
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Louise Derman-Sparks is a long-time human development faculty member at Pacific Oaks College, now Professor Emeritus. Previously, Ms. Derman-Sparks worked with young children and families as an early childhood education teacher and program director. She is the author and co-author of several books, including: Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children, (National Association for the Education of Young Children); Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach (Teachers College Press); In Our Own Way: How Anti-Bias Work Shapes Our Lives and Future Vision, Current Work: Lessons from the Culturally Relevant Anti-Bias Education Leadership Project (Redleaf Press), and numerous articles and book chapters. Her most recent book, co-authored with Dr. Patricia Ramsey, is titled “What If All the Kids are White?” Anti-bias/ Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families, (Teachers College Press, April 2006). Ms. Derman-Sparks speaks, conducts workshops and consults widely throughout the United States and internationally. A former member of the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (1998-2002), she currently serves on the National Board of Crossroads Ministry: An Interfaith & Community- Based Anti-Racism Training Organization and on the National Diversity Advisory Council of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Ms. Derman-Sparks is the mother of a son and daughter, Douglass and Holly Sparks, and has been an activist for social justice for 40 years.