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Monday, July 31 • 11:00am - 11:55am
Locating Unconscious Bias in our UDL Practice

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Implicit bias appears as a part of every teacher's practice, both from one's own unconscious preferences and from the dominant culture that surrounds us. There are ways to interrupt this implicit bias that take intentionality, conscious thought and pre-planning. This session will give participants the opportunity to examine ways that their own implicit bias might be shaping their teaching and unknowingly imposing their bias on students. Students from the dominant culture are bolstered by this unconscious work and will remain unconscious as they move through the world. Students who are targeted by oppression experience disempowerment daily through witnessing the advantages presented to students in the dominant culture. By locating implicit bias in daily teaching practices, teachers can use the UDL framework to more accurately and effectively reflect the power, beauty, intelligence, and potential of all students.
In this 55 minute session, we'll begin by connecting to each other and developing a shared understanding of unconscious/implicit bias and its negative impact on students. We will use a very short, closed captioned video to support our examinations of awareness in relation to bias. We will follow with a series of small- and largegroup discussions to support building connections, developing awareness, and shared meaning.
Through a collaborative activity, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on examples of how their own bias appears in their daily teaching practice. Participants will consider where elements of the dominant culture in the US might appear in their use of UDL and in specific activities. As a group, we will work together to create alternative pathways and possibilities for engagement, representation, action & expression that don't rely on unconscious bias. Participants will leave with resources and strategies that they can immediately use to adjust their own teaching practice to align with UDL principles and to create learning spaces that honor the strengths of each student.

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Safire DeJong

Social Justice and Equity Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
Keri “Safire” DeJong, Ed.D. is a researcher, educator, organizer, and consultant focusing on social justice education, racial justice work, intergroup dialogue, technology in education, and critical digital citizenship for all ages. Safire holds a doctorate in Social Justice Education... Read More →
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Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse

Director of Educator Licensure and Credentialing, Collaborative for Educational Services
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Monday July 31, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am EDT
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