Leading for Equity: The Hidden Bias of Good People – Implications for School Superintendents and the Students and Families They Serve

12/03/2020 - 7:30am

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: Professional Development

District/Organization: edWeb

Join Dr. Bryant Marks, Executive Director of the National Institute on Race and Equity (Atlanta, GA), as he presents on the understanding of implicit biases and their impacts on America’s youth and educators. Participants will explore the effects implicit biases have on the attitudes and behaviors of targeted groups. Dr. Marks will share how to implement practices or policies that reduce the likelihood implicitly biased beliefs will lead to biased behaviors.

Implicit bias is everywhere and affects everyone. We all have implicit bias. The impact of our implicit bias on others significantly depends on our social and professional roles in society. Bias held by educators, police officers, physicians, prosecutors, and criminal court judges can significantly affect the life outcomes of large segments of society.

Essential questions include:
What is implicit bias and what are the implications of implicit bias on students and their families?
What causes implicit bias and how is it measured?
How does implicit bias impact the student experience, performance, and opportunity?
How can school district leaders affect real change regarding attitudes and behaviors?
In schools, what are signs of implicit biases and what professional development is needed to begin an awareness?
How can implicit bias be reduced/managed?

Participants will learn about strategies to address systemic disparities and inequities in order to benefit all students.