Ilana Dvorin Friedman is a child development consultant, instructor, and researcher. She is passionate about anti-bias education, giving voice to educators’ experiences, and designing and implementing professional development opportunities. Ilana’s work focuses on the interplay between culture and child development and the roles of social justice and inquiry in the early childhood classroom. Over the last decade, she has been an adjunct instructor at a variety of academic institutions teaching courses such as child development, family and culture, and social and historical perspectives on early care and education. Ilana graduated with her PhD in child development from the dual program at Loyola University Chicago and Erikson Institute completing her dissertation on gender beliefs of teachers in Orthodox Jewish early childhood programs. Ilana lives in Chicago with her husband and their four children.
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