Critical Conversations: Identifying and Overcoming Implicit Bias in Classrooms

The beauty and strength of children is often overshadowed by societal stereotypes and deeply held biases of the professionals charged with their care and education. What are our biases? How do we identify them? Can we hold biases against people who look like us? How do biases impact our work with children? In this session participants will begin the work of uprooting their own biases and planting new seeds of strength, love, and support for all children.

Date, Time, and Location

  • Thursday, October 5
  • 1-4 pm
  • Gwinnett Technical College – Alpharetta North Fulton Campus

Presenter

Dr. Dina C. Walker-DeVose is an Assistant Professor in the area of child and family development at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. She has over 20 years of experience working with and advocating for children and families. Her experience has taken her into a variety of settings including university classrooms, child care programs,  non-profit programs, as well as therapeutic intervention spaces. Dr. Walker-DeVose has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, two master’s degrees (child development and educational technology) and a bachelor’s degree in home economics – child and family development.

Format

This presentation will utilize a variety of formats including lecture, brainstorming, reflection, whole-group, and small-group discussion. The presenter specializes in using games, humor, personal stories, and reflection to help participants tackle critical yet sensitive material in a humanistic way.

Outcomes

  • Participants will learn how societal stereotypes create implicit bias in teachers and how that bias impacts the teacher-child relationship and overall outcomes for children
  • Utilizing resources learned from the presentation, participants will create a plan of action to identify and/or overcome one of their long held biases in an effort to create safer spaces and outcomes for children
  • Participants will leave the session feeling empowered and motivated to continue evaluating their own lives in an effort to be greater advocates for children

Registration

To register for the pre conference, go to the Conference Registration page. Rates for the pre conference are as follows:

  • $50 for GAEYC members*
  • $65 for non-members

*Want to become a GAEYC member and save on the cost of this session? Go to the membership page to learn more.