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Having Conversations about Race, Bias, and Equity

This webinar will focus on race and implicit bias in in early childhood programs. Participants will discuss the impact of racial bias on teaching, learning, perceptions of behaviors, and decision making in early childhood environments.


Sep 25, 2018


12:00 AM


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Guest Presenter(s)

Rosemarie Allen

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. She is also the President & CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence. In 2012, Dr. Allen was appointed a Global Leader for Young Children by the World Forum on Early Care and Education. She collaborates with professionals and advocates from more than 80 countries who meet to share inspiration and information on issues impacting children and families worldwide. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, M.Ed from Lesley University and EdD in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Norvel “Rock” Dillard, CDP

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist

Norvel “Rock” Dillard serves as the Director, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Management, for the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO). As the Director of D&I Management he is responsible for the development and execution of diversity and inclusion management policies and programs affecting 1.4 million active duty military personnel, 1.3 million National Guard and Reserve personnel, and 680,000 civilians within the Department of Defense (DoD). He provides advice and guidance to DoD leadership at the highest levels, including the Military Services and the Defense Agencies, concerning all diversity and inclusion management and compliance issues. Mr. Dillard also serves as the Director, Strategic Communications for ODMEO responsible for directing and managing the Department's internal and external messaging regarding diversity and inclusion. In this capacity he develops speeches, updates and materials for senior leadership and works closely with the Defense Media Activity, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and other agencies to create commemorative and other relevant products to inform the Department's employees through web specials, interviews and Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

Lisa Gordon

The Center on Culture, Race and Equity, Bank Street College of Education

Lisa Gordon, is Associate Director of Early Childhood Programs for the Center on Culture, Race & Equity (CCRE) at Bank Street College of Education. She partners with communities across the US to strengthen their capacity to create equitable learning environments that are responsive to the needs of children and families. Central to her work is her focus on elevating issues of culture, race and implicit bias that have created opportunity gaps for children and families in disenfranchised communities and children and families of color, in order to effect systemic change to program policies and practices. Lisa has worked in early childhood education for the past 20 years designing and delivering professional development, training, technical assistance, and programs at both the state and federal levels that facilitate the well-being of children and families. She is co-founder of Colorful World, a women-owned diversity education consulting firm whose mission is to help early childhood educators create inclusive educational learning environments that empower all children and families to succeed. Prior to her work with CCRE, Lisa was an Early Childhood Development Trainer with the Office of Head Start National Center on Culture and Linguistic Responsiveness where she co-developed research to practice materials for dissemination and facilitated trainings across the country. She has served as Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency and the Professional Development Registry for the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and on several national school readiness and research initiatives with National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and the Center on Health and Education at Georgetown University. Lisa has been a mentor and coach to elementary school principals to help strengthen their capacity to lead high quality early childhood programming and to improve the quality and coherence of student learning across PreK to Grade 3. Her areas of expertise include creating high quality culturally responsive learning environments, supporting social emotional development and school readiness, building early childhood leadership capacity, and teacher effectiveness and professional development.

Shantel Meek

The Children’s Equity Project, Arizona State University

Dr. Meek serves as Professor of Practice and Director for Policy at the Center for Child and Family Success at Arizona State University. She is also the Founding Director of the Children's Equity Project, a new national initiative that aims to set a comprehensive equity agenda across research, policy, and practice in the early childhood system. Dr. Meek also consults on early childhood research, policy, and strategy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C., where she advises senior staff on a range of early childhood education issues. Previously, Dr. Meek served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood Development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as a Senior Policy Advisor for Education at the Domestic Policy Council in the White House. During her time in the Obama Administration, Dr. Meek advised senior officials at both HHS and The White House on a wide array of policy issues including supporting dual language learners; preventing expulsion, suspension and inappropriate discipline; promoting equity and reducing disparities in early education; supporting young children with disabilities and developmental delays; promoting family engagement; and fostering children’s cognitive, social-emotional and behavioral development across early childhood programs. She also worked on drafting official guidance and regulations related to Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant and worked closely with States and local communities on implementation. Dr. Meek played a key role in the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, leading the early childhood policy component across the Administration. Prior to her work with the Obama Administration, Dr. Meek conducted research at Arizona State University focused on parenting, school readiness, and children’s social-emotional development, with an emphasis on young children with developmental disabilities and young dual language learners in Head Start programs. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Meek previously served as a Clinical Interventionist for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix, where she worked one-on-one with children, taught in an inclusive toddler classroom, implemented educational consultation and inclusion support services at public schools, and trained families and paraprofessionals on evidence-based strategies to support the development of young children with ASD. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University.

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