Trying Together in partnership with The Frick Pittsburgh will host Unconference: Race Equity and Practice, a professional development opportunity for early educators.

Keynote speaker Dr. Rose Marie Allen will be presenting “Aware is Only Halfway There: Concrete Strategies for Supporting Children’s Racial Identity Development. Are you Ready?” Dr. Allen will discuss how awareness of racial equity is important, but not enough.

This workshop will deepen the participants’ equity journey moving them from theory to practice, from awareness to implementation. Participants will engage in activities that support the racial identity development of young children including strategies and techniques that can be implemented at the classroom level. This active workshop will help participants assess their readiness to create an anti-racist/anti-bias classroom, identify culturally responsive and culturally sustaining practices, identify stages of racial awareness for young children and develop concrete strategies for promoting racial identity development in children.

What do you receive?

  • PQAS and Act 48 credit hours
  • Lunch
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Hands-on, interactive workshop sessions

Following the keynote, there will be two workshop rounds. Sessions will focus on race equity in practice in the early childhood education (ECE) field. This Unconference will include a variety of ways that ECE staff can support and advocate for more racially equitable programs through play, literacy, environment, and more.

When the workshops are finalized, you will receive an email from Trying Together to select your preferred workshops. They will do their best to place you in your requested workshop, but this is not guaranteed. There is limited space in each workshop and workshop placement is based on the date of your registration, so it is recommended that you register early.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Trying Together’s UnConference: Race Equity in Practice scheduled for October 22, 2022, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for late winter/early spring 2023. A new date and time will be announced soon.

Current UnConference registrations will be honored for the rescheduled 2023 date. However, if you would like to request a refund, please contact Allison Hritz at