“No matter how good our intentions to be free of prejudice, we all have implicit biases that can have a serious impact on our work in schools.”  Participants will explore the concept of implicit bias and the nuanced behavior that is a product of our unconsciousness. As they engage with the materials, participant’s will have opportunities to reflect upon how your implicit biases may be impacting there work in schools as well as their personal lives. They will engage in activities to practice “interrupting” the behavior internally and interpersonally. Finally they will create an action plan around the essential question: What am I willing to do to not only become aware, but interrupt actions that reflect implicit bias.

Key Take Aways:

  1. Explore the concepts of implicit/explicit bias and the impact that is has on your relationships, society, and the community as a whole.
  2. Reflect on our individual biases and explore how it impacts the way we see others. 
  3.  Review the three major debiasing techniques; cognitive, motivational, and technological. 
  4. We will provide actionable steps in using the RIR protocol to recognize, interrupt, and repair relationships while addressing implicit/explicit biases. 

Exclusionary language is embedded in the English language and undermines the ability of schools to educate students with diverse cultural backgrounds. By exclusionary language we mean language and messages that describe someone as not being something -“non-white”- and results in the excluded listener feeling “othered,” “less than,” or “inadequate”. In this training, participants will discuss the forms of exclusionary language and messages that are prevalent in educational settings, and discuss appropriate personal and professional responses to its use.

Learn the foundational framework of CRP from which to build capacity to work effectively with students of color, thus eliminating the racial achievement disparities that exist in schools. This training will look at Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as a tool participants will use to reflect personally on their practice, analyze the systemic issues that perpetuate the disparities, and help them have honest and compassionate dialogue to impact kids.