Dr. Tracey Benson presents Unconscious Bias in Schools RESCHEDULED

According to Benson, regardless of the amount of effort, time, and resources educators put into improving the academic achievement of students of color, if unconscious racial bias is overlooked, improvement efforts may never achieve their highest potential. His newly released book, Unconscious Bias in Schools, provides educators with an essential roadmap for addressing these issues directly. The book draws on the literature on change management, leadership, critical race theory, and racial identity development, as well as the growing research on unconscious bias in a variety of fields, to provide guidance for creating the conditions necessary to do this work—awareness, trust, and a learner’s stance. It shows how raising awareness about unconscious bias can help shift conversations among educators to a more productive, collegial approach that has the potential to disrupt the patterns of perception that perpetuate racism and institutional injustice.

Author Bio:

Dr. Tracey Benson is an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his Ed.L.D in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Masters of School Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has served as a high school principal, middle school vice-principal, district trainer, and elementary school teacher.  His research focuses on the intersection of racism and K-12 education. Benson firmly believes that student achievement, teacher efficacy, and school success is contingent upon high quality, equity-focused school and district leaders. He has committed his career to leading for change, courageously addressing entrenched practices that impede lifetime outcomes of students of color, and coaching leaders towards implementing anti-racist policies and curriculum in K – 12 schools.

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Monday, February 24, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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