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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. This is a west coast reprise of our popular 2017 NYC event.

When: Monday, April 23, 2018
Where: Turning Point School
8780 National Blvd
Culver City, California  90232
United States

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Please note the change of date for this event. It is now taking place on Monday, April 23rd.



Member Schools: $100
Non-Members: $150

Registration cost includes lunch and materials. 


Target Audience 

Teachers and Administrators of PK, K, Gr 1-4. 



Early childhood educators aspire to foster the social and academic growth of all children. Yet, research suggests that unconscious phenomena related to race, ethnicity, and other aspects of identity can get in the way of those goals. This one-day conference will explore key concepts from the mind sciences, including implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat, to help understand how identity differences can present challenges, even for educators and administrators with strongly held values of equity. Jessica MacFarlane, of Perception Institute, will share research demonstrating how these phenomena develop and their impact on everyday relationships, decisions, and behaviors in schools. Attendees will learn and discuss evidence-based strategies to override, in order to align behavior with values and promote belonging.


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





Jessica MacFarlane, MPH

Jessica MacFarlane is the Senior Research Associate at Perception Institute, where she conducts original research studies and translates findings on the science of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat. She regularly leads workshops addressing the role of bias and anxiety associated with race, ethnicity, religion, and gender in education, criminal justice, health care, and the workplace.

Jessica’s career has focused on using scientific data to promote equity. She has a research background in the fields of psychology, HIV prevention, and harm reduction, and has been published in numerous academic journals. At Perception Institute, Jessica has co-authored reports such as The ‘Good Hair’ Study: Explicit and Implicit Attitudes Toward Black Women’s Hair (Perception Institute, 2017), The Science of Equality in Education: The Impact of Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat on Student Outcomes (Perception Institute, 2017), and The Science of Equality, Volume 2: The Effects of Gender Roles, Implicit Bias, and Stereotype Threat on the Lives of Women and Girls (Perception Institute, 2016) and articles including “Our Brains & Difference: Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat in Education” (CSEE Quarterly, 2016).

Jessica earned her Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Duke University.



9:00 - 9:30am     Registration & Coffee

9:30 - 10:00am     Introductions & Opening Exercises

10:00 - 10:45am   The Science of our Unconscious Brains and Implicit Bias 
Research evidence demonstrating how implicit bias operates in classrooms, parent-teacher interactions, and relationships with colleagues, how we can over-ride it.
10:45 - 11:00am   Break
11:00-11:20am   Addressing Implicit Bias in Ourselves and Our Work
Self reflection exercises, application of evidence-based strategies to address implicit bias.
11:20 - 11:50am The Science of Racial Anxiety 
Research evidence demonstrating how racial anxiety undermines relationships with children, parents, and colleagues. Strategies to reduce anxiety and communicate with respect and empathy.
11:50 - 12:00pm   Easing Racial Anxiety
Self reflection and pair-share discussion.
12:00 - 1:00pm    Lunch
1:00 - 1:30pm    The Science of Stereotype Threat
Research evidence demonstrating how stereotype threat can affect children's behavior, parents' engagement, and our ability to give feedback. Strategies to foster a sense of belonging for all children and families and to give feedback across groups. 
1:30 - 1:45pm   Preventing Stereotype Threat in Ourselves and Our Classrooms
Self reflection exercises, application of evidence-based strategies to prevent stereotype threat.
1:45 - 2:30pm Scenario Discussion
2:30 - 2:45pm   Break
2:45 - 3:15pm  Applying Scripts for Key Interactions
Role play and group discussion.

3:15 - 3:45pm Creating Environments that Foster Inclusion and Belonging
Small group discussion of strategies.
3:45 - 4:00pm   Next Steps and Commitments 



Travel / Accommodations

Turning Point School is located on National Blvd. in Culver City, about 8 miles north of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and 7 miles east of the Santa Monica Pier. There are a few hotels in the area, including:


Travellodge, Culver City ($140 per night, 2.4 miles from school)
Ramada, Culver City ($180 per night, 2.4 miles from school)

Best Western Royal Palace Inn ($203 per night, 3.9 miles from school)


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


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