The Division for Early Childhood (DEC), of the Council of Exceptional Children promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities, (DEC 2021). DEC offers a number of professional development learning decks that are available to members and non-members. Please find information on a previously recorded webinar that may be of interest.
Understanding Implicit Bias and Its Role in Early Learning Environments
Archived Webinar – This webinar was originally recorded on June 6, 2018.
Description: Racial inequities have long been present in our educational system. Recently, there has been a growing emphasis on the role of implicit bias in how programs discipline children, implement classroom practices, and establish teacher-child relationships. This session aims to support early childhood professionals in reducing implicit biases and using culturally responsive practices. Specifically, the session will focus on
(1) identifying barriers to equity in early childhood environments for children of color (L7; E1);
(2) defining implicit bias and its role in perpetuating inequitable practices (L7);
(3) describing strategies for identifying and overcoming implicit bias (INS6); and
(4) providing specific culturally responsive practices that can be used in early learning environments to promote equitable outcomes for children from culturally diverse backgrounds (E1; INS2; INS6). This session will actively engage participants in learning self-reflection and debiasing strategies, and how to use culturally responsive practices.
To access the free archived webinar, visit https://www.dec-sped.org/learning-decks
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