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Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms with Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka

Recorded: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
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About this Session

In 2019, NAEYC released their Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education position statement. This statement describes the vital role of creating equitable learning opportunities to support all children in reaching their full potential. Key to advancing equity is the embodiment of Anti-Bias Education.

In this session, we will engage in conversation with Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka, founder of Equity Research Action Coalition and self-proclaimed Mama bear pushing for racial justice and human rights. Dr. Iruka is also the author of the book “Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms.” Our conversation will center on the effects of implicit bias on children’s outcomes and the educator’s duty in countering this bias. We will discover ways to recognize and minimize bias in the classroom, and explore strategies to help close the opportunity gap for children from undervalued, underestimated, and oppressed communities.

 

About Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka

Iheoma U. IrukaIheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D., is a research professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and the Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at FPG. Dr. Iruka is engaged in projects and initiatives focused on how evidence-informed policies, systems, and practices in early education can support the optimal development and experiences of children from low-income and ethnic minority households. These policies, systems, and practices include family engagement and support, quality rating and improvement systems, and early care and education systems and programs.

Presenters
Tina Sykes, M.Ed
Tina Sykes, M.Ed
Applied Research Manager
Teaching Strategies
Nicol Russell, Ed.D.
Nicol Russell, Ed.D.
Vice President, Implementation Research
Teaching Strategies
Breeyn Mack
Breeyn Mack
VP, Education
Teaching Strategies
Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D.
Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Public Policy
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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In 2019, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) released their Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education position statement. This statement describes the vital task of creating equitable learning opportunities to support all children in reaching their full potential. Key to advancing equity is the embodiment of Anti-Bias Education. Throughout this series, we will hear from renowned speakers and examine the four core goals of anti-bias education: Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Activism.

Each session will be followed by an optional 30-minute open discussion where educators will be able to connect and reflect with one another. The link to join the open discussion will be shared during each webinar.

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