About the speaker

Malkah Bird, MEd, is a kindergarten teacher, a parenting coach and a community organizer in Indianapolis, IN. She attended Smith College and the University of Pittsburgh and is a licensed special education teacher. Malkah has been working in play-based settings with young children and their families for over 15 years. Through her teaching practice and her parenting of two young children, Malkah has come to value the importance of curiosity, exploration and creativity in educational settings. She currently teaches at Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School and Kindergarten, where she helped to develop a child-led, inquiry-based forest kindergarten program for 5 and 6 year olds.

Malkah also works for the American Friends Service Committee and is one of the chapter leaders for Jewish Voice for Peace-Indiana. She has a deep commitment to anti-racist work here in Indianapolis, in the United States and in Palestine and Israel. Malkah is inspired by the long history of Jewish tradition and activism to work and organize within her community to help build peace, justice and equality. Originally from Detroit, Malkah and her family moved to Indianapolis six years ago. As a family, they love caring for chickens, cats and dogs and making time to explore outdoors.

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