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The Perception Institute Team and Dr. Sandra (Chap) Chapman, Director of Equity and Community at The Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, will share top research on stereotype threat, implicit bias, racial anxiety, microaggression, and more. After exploring the research, the presenters will talk solutions and offer useful interventions to improve school relationships and communities.

2/9/2017 to 2/10/2017
When: February 9-10, 2017
Thursday, 3pm-8:30pm; Friday, 8:30am-3pm
Where: Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
272 S Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania  19010
United States

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Due to the snow storm that has passed through, Jack Barrack Hebrew is closed for Thursday. We will meet at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, in the Gladwyne Room: 4200 City Avenue, 19131. Our session will begin at 4pm instead of 3:00pm.



Member Schools: $225
Non-Members: $375

Registration includes dinner Thursday and lunch Friday.


As educators, we know that the feeling of belonging is critical to our students’ success. A sense of belonging to one’s school community builds on self-esteem, self-advocacy, and the ability to reflect on future possible selves, a key component to the pursuit of personal goals. Research shows that implicit bias, racial anxiety, stereotype threat, and microaggressions impact everyday relationships, decisions, skills, and behaviors in schools, creating obstacles to belonging. This interactive workshop will present the research on implicit bias, racial anxiety, stereotype threat, and microaggressions and possible interventions to mitigate the cumulative effects of these phenomenon.

This event will be experiential and engaging, weaving presentations and discussions with activities. Participants can expect to learn effective strategies and tools to take back to school on Monday. All are welcome to attend, though particular focus will be on middle and upper school (see more information on our similar event for early education here).

Brief definitions of the terminology mentioned above: 

  • Implicit Bias = embedded stereotypes that heavily influence decision-making

  • Racial Anxiety = distance, lack of eye contact, less friendly tone

  • Stereotype Threat = fear of confirming a stereotype that one’s group is less able to perform

  • Microaggressions = daily verbal & behavioral indignities that communicate hostility or negate




     Dr. Sandra (Chap) Chapman
     Director of Equity & Community at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School






     Professor Rachel Godsil
      Co-founder and Director of Research, Perception Institute 







3pm - Sessions

6pm - Dinner

7pm - Sessions

8:30pm - End of Day



8:30am - Sessions

noon - Lunch

1pm - Sessions

3pm - Depart



Dinner will be served Thursday, coffee Friday morning, and lunch Friday at noon.


Travel / Accommodations

Jack Barrack is located about 20 miles north of the Philadelphia Airport.

Public transportation is available via the Airport Line, then the Paoli/Thorndale Line Trains. from the Bryn Mawr train stop, it is a 0.7 mile walk to campus.

Barrack recommends two hotels in the area:

The Radnor Hotel (3 miles away)

Note: CSEE has a block of rooms reserved at The Radnor for $99 per night. Please call to make reservations and note that you are with CSEE: 610.688.5800. This rate will be available until January 12, 2017.

The Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue (6 miles away)


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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