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T9: Yes, Even Early Childhood Professionals are Impacted by Implicit Bias. What Can We Do About It?

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Age Group:
Birth to 5 years

Implicit biases are unconscious and outside an individual’s awareness. These biases impact decision-making and influence interactions and behaviors toward others. A recent study investigated the possible role of implicit bias in racial and gender disproportionality in preschool suspensions. This workshop will provide an overview of the research findings. Participants will engage in evidence- based strategies to reduce implicit bias and examine and explore stressful situations in the early childhood environment that are most likely to be influenced by implicit bias.