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Early Education: Exploring Implicit Bias and Racial Anxiety
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This one-day conference will focus on methods to overcome obstacles to belonging based upon race, ethnicity, gender expressions, and other forms of identity differences in the context of early childhood education.

When: Monday, March 13, 2017
Where: The Brick Church School
62 E 92nd St
New York, New York  10128
United States

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Member Schools: $100
Non-Members: $150

Registration cost includes lunch and materials. 



This one-day conference will focus on methods to overcome obstacles to belonging based upon race, ethnicity, gender expressions, and other forms of identity differences in the context of early childhood education. The sessions will explore key concepts from the mind sciences, including implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat, to help understand why identity differences can be challenging even for teachers with strongly held egalitarian values. Presenters will share research demonstrating both how these phenomena develop and their impact on everyday relationships, decisions, and behaviors in schools. The sessions will focus upon evidence-based solutions, which can help create classrooms that support the full academic and social development of each child. Through this conference, early childhood educators will learn how unconscious processes get in the way of genuine relationships and truly inclusive environments, and will walk away with tools and strategies to apply directly within the school context.


The Perception Institute

Perception Institute is a consortium of researchers, advocates, and strategists that uses cutting-edge mind science research to reduce discrimination and other harms linked to race, gender, and other identity differences. Turning research into remedies, Perception Institute crafts real-world solutions for everyday relationships. The Perception team can be reached at





9:00 - 9:30     Registration


9:30 - 9:45     Introductions


9:45 - 10:15     Ice-Breaker


10:15 - 11:00     Mind Sciences 1 - Implicit Bias
How it operates in classrooms, parent-teacher interactions, and among ourselves, how we can over-ride it.


11:00 - 11:15     Break


11:15 - 12:00     Mind Sciences 2 - Racial Anxiety & Stereotype Threat

How they operate in the three domains, how we can reduce their effects


12:00 - 1:00    Lunch


1:00 - 1:30     Small Group Discussion 1 (the classroom)


1:30 - 2:00     Small Group Discussion 2 (parent teacher interactions)


2:00 - 2:30     Small Group Discussion 3 (ourselves)


2:30 - 2:45     Break


2:45 - 3:45     Report Back and Wrap up





Alexis McGill Johnson is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Perception Institute. A thought leader and a bridge builder whose work spans politics, academia, social activism, and cultural strategies, her career has always focused on improving the lives of young people, with an emphasis on youth of color.


Alexis earned her undergraduate degree in politics from Princeton University; and graduate degrees in political science from Yale University where she developed and taught courses on race, urban development, power, poverty, and social movements at Yale and Wesleyan Universities. Throughout her research and writing, Alexis has explored the shifting paradigms of identity politics in the post-civil rights era, increasing civic engagement among youth and people of color, and the implications for demographic and ideological changes of these constituencies on national politics. She is a founder of the Culture Group as well as a frequent commentator on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and in the press.


Rachel Godsil is the Director of Research and Co-Founder of Perception Institute. She collaborates with social scientists on empirical research to identify the efficacy of interventions to address implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat. She regularly provides trainings and lectures addressing the role of bias and anxiety associated with race, ethnicity, religion, and gender, focusing on education, criminal justice, health care, and the work place.


Godsil is a lead author of the Perception Institute reports; some of these are PopJustice Volume 3: Pop Culture, Perceptions, and Social Change (2016): The Science of Equality Volume 1: Addressing Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat in Education and Healthcare (Perception Institute, 2014) as well as articles and book chapters such as: The Moral Ecology of Policing: A Mind Science Approach to Race and Policing in the United States in The Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics (2016) (co-authored with Phillip Atiba Goff); Why Race Matters in Physics Class, 64 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. Disc. 40 (2016); Race, Ethnicity, and Place Identity: Implicit Bias and Competing Belief Systems, 37 Hawaii L. Rev. 313 (2015).


In addition to her role with the Perception Institute, Rachel is the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University Law School. As her research focuses on applying insights from the mind sciences to race, law, and public policy.



Getting to Brick Church School

Brick Church is located at 62 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128. Participants can take the 4, 5 or 6 trains to the 86th & Lexington station and walk 7 blocks, or the 5 or 6 trains to 96th and Lexington and walk 5 blocks.


If you're looking for a nearby hotel, Brick Church recommends the Hotel Whales ($187 advanced purchase, $215 reserved). 



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