MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Owning Our Bias and Its Impact on Our Students
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Equity & Inclusion Exemplars: Programs, Models, Best Practices, Promising Next Practices
Round 1 only
Jason Potten, Teacher (Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering) and Instructional Coach, The Baldwin School
Despite a growing body of research that identifies specific strategies educators can use to close achievement gaps in the classroom, many of the practices that take place on a day to day basis remain unchanged. Why? Is it because people don't like change? Every educator you speak with will tell you that they will do whatever is best for students. Could it be rooted in a deeper issue? One that is connected to our own experiences and how they impact our thoughts and actions. Not only do these experiences impact us consciously, but they also impact our us subconsciously. If we are able to come to terms with our own biases, then we will better understand our impact on students and how we support them, creating an internal drive to make changes. Gain an understanding of implicit bias and how you can use Project Implicit's Implicit Association Tests to understand them and impact change. Walk away with actionable strategies that reduce stereotype threat and impact student performance for the better.
Bias is inherent to everyone. By understanding its impact and coming to terms with the bias that exists within, educators will recognize the need to make changes to support their students. They will begin to realize the impact of stereotype threat in their own classroom and agree to make changes such as those recommended by Claude Steele. They'll begin to recognize and point out the microaggressions that occur in their classrooms, and they will no longer be afraid of addressing the topic of race, equity, and inclusion in their classroom.
Participants will walk away with a stronger understanding of the role bias plays in the classroom and how using the Implicit Association Test can help to move people along in their journey of implementing culturally relevant teaching practices. Participants will also walk away with actionable strategies to utilize in the classroom that help to address stereotype threat.
Entering his twentieth year in education,
has served as a teacher, an instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. He has been a participant of committees and task forces that address race in education at every stop. He has attended multiple workshops and conferences where equity and inclusion are at the center of the conversation including the Delaware Valley Consortium for Excellence and Equity. He now works to develop gender equity in male-dominated disciplines.
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