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The Tragedy of Non-ness with a Focus on Implicit Bias

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 (e.g. “non-white”) and results in the excluded listener feeling “othered,” “less than,” or “inadequate.” This exclusionary language has its roots in implicit bias and 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. 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. Participants will also 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 implicit biases may be impacting their 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 become aware of implicit bias, and to interrupt actions that reflect implicit bias. 

Important Session Information:

Dimension 3.3: Classroom Culture, Dimension 4.1: Professional Demeanor and Ethics

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Session ID:
Credits Available:
(6) Clock Hours
(6) CPE
Seats Available:
Contact Person:
Clynita Grafenreed

Marlecia Autrey
Registration Fee:
Administrators K-12, Counselors K-12, Educators, K-12, Licensed Specialists in School Psychology, Special Education Administrators
Date Time Location
2/13/2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Region 4 ESC McKinney Conference Center - MCC 104
7200 Northwest 100 Drive, Houston, 77092

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