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Recognizing and Overcoming Bias to Better Influence Partnerships with Families
Unconscious bias is something we all live with whether we know it or not. This workshop will use an assets-based approach to help participants reflect on their own beliefs and gain an awareness of how those beliefs and biases affect their relationships with students and families. Participants will examine the role that bias and privilege play in influencing our relationships with families and discuss specific strategies to use in order to capitalize on the knowledge that students and families bring from their homes, communities, and other life experiences (Cuevas, 2019; González, N., Moll, L., & Amanti, C., 2005; Lopez, 2001). Participants will consider the various ways families engage in their children’s education and develop an action plan for engaging with all families in the school community.

In this virtual workshop, participants will be able to:
1) Examine how racial bias and privilege play a role in influencing our relationships with children and families.
2) Learn about racial socialization and its positive impact on children.
3) Learn about programmatic interventions to promote positive racial identity.
4) Explore how they can use a strength-based approach to engaging with families and develop an action plan for engaging with all families in the school community.

Presenter: Dr. Sheryln Harrison, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Early Head Start Delivery Manager

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This is the final virtual workshop in MAEC's Collaborative Action for Family Engagement and the Family Involvement Conference's "Reunited: Families, Schools, and Communities Making It Work Together", a series of virtual workshops produced by and for families, educators, and community service providers.

Jul 27, 2022 01:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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