Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism
ISBN: 1682533697
EAN13: 9781682533697
Language: English
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback

Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism

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Book Overview
In Unconscious Bias in Schools , two seasoned educators describe the phenomenon of unconscious racial bias and how it negatively affects the work of educators and students in schools. Regardless of the amount of effort, time, and resources education leaders put into improving the academic achievement of students of color, the authors write, if unconscious racial bias is overlooked, improvement efforts may never achieve their highest potential. In order to address this bias, the authors argue, educators must first be aware of the racialized context in which we live. Through personal anecdotes and real-life scenarios, Unconscious Bias in Schools provides education leaders with an essential roadmap for addressing these issues directly. The authors draw on the literature on change management, leadership, critical race theory, and racial identity development, as well as the growing research on unconscious bias in a variety of fields, to provide guidance for creating the conditions necessary to do this work--awareness, trust, and a learner's stance. Benson and Fiarman also outline specific steps toward normalizing conversations about race; reducing the influence of bias on decision-making; building empathic relationships; and developing a system of accountability. All too often, conversations about race become mired in questions of attitude or intention-But I'm not a racist This book shows how information about unconscious bias can help shift conversations among educators to a more productive, collegial approach that has the potential to disrupt the patterns of perception that perpetuate racism and institutional injustice. Tracey A. Benson is an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Sarah E. Fiarman is the director of leadership development for EL Education, and a former public school teacher, principal, and lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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From the Back Cover Unconscious Bias in Schools describes the phenomenon of unconscious racial bias and how it negatively affects the work of educators and students. Through personal anecdotes and real-life scenarios, Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman provide an essential roadmap for addressing these issues directly. They draw on the literature on change management, leadership, critical race theory, and racial identity development to provide guidance for creating the conditions necessary to do this work--awareness, trust, and a learner's stance. The book shows how information about unconscious bias can help shift conversations among educators to a more productive, collegial approach that has the potential to disrupt the patterns of perception that perpetuate racism and institutional injustice. Rarely do we find educators willing to take on the essential topic of unconscious racial bias in such an honest and purposeful way. This book challenges readers to dig deep into the overwhelming presence of unconscious racial bias in our educational system and how it impacts students by perpetuating issues of power, privilege, and oppression. An excellent addition to the field. --Eddie Moore, Jr., founder and program director, The White Privilege Conference Benson and Fiarman have drawn freely on their experiences as former principals to develop a very practical book. They subtly pull leaders into a developmental approach for addressing racism in schools using unconscious bias as a nonthreatening entry point. Still, they do not avoid challenging topics and skillfully aim their sights on the true reason to undertake this difficult work. --Mark Anthony Gooden, Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor in Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University Unconscious Bias in Schools should be required reading for every educator. --Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Tracey A. Benson is an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a former public school teacher, middle school assistant principal, and high school principal. Sarah E. Fiarman is the director of leadership development for EL Education, and a former public school teacher, principal, and lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
From the front Cover Unconscious Bias in Schools describes the phenomenon of unconscious racial bias and how it negatively affects the work of educators and students. Through personal anecdotes and real-life scenarios, Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman provide an essential roadmap for addressing these issues directly. They draw on the literature on change management, leadership, critical race theory, and racial identity development to provide guidance for creating the conditions necessary to do this work--awareness, trust, and a learner's stance. The book shows how information about unconscious bias can help shift conversations among educators to a more productive, collegial approach that has the potential to disrupt the patterns of perception that perpetuate racism and institutional injustice. Rarely do we find educators willing to take on the essential topic of unconscious racial bias in such an honest and purposeful way. This book challenges readers to dig deep into the overwhelming presence of unconscious racial bias in our educational system and how it impacts students by perpetuating issues of power, privilege, and oppression. An excellent addition to the field. --Eddie Moore, Jr., founder and program director, The White Privilege Conference Benson and Fiarman have drawn freely on their experiences as former principals to develop a very practical book. They subtly pull leaders into a developmental approach for addressing racism in schools using unconscious bias as a nonthreatening entry point. Still, they do not avoid challenging topics and skillfully aim their sights on the true reason to undertake this difficult work. --Mark Anthony Gooden, Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor in Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University Unconscious Bias in Schools should be required reading for every educator. --Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Tracey A. Benson is an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a former public school teacher, middle school assistant principal, and high school principal. Sarah E. Fiarman is the director of leadership development for EL Education, and a former public school teacher, principal, and lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education.