Professional Learning Workshops

Dr. Tyrone Bates conducts workshops for professional learning and development for staff, students, parents, and community organizations. 

2019-20 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Professional Learning Opportunities

IMPLICIT BIAS' relationship to setting Expectations for students
Implicit Bias is also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  The implicit associations we harbor in our subconscious cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance.  These associations develop over the course of a lifetime beginning at a very early age through exposure to direct and indirect messages.  In addition to early life experiences, the media and news programming are often-cited origins of implicit associations.  People who lack a sense of their biases are not bad people at all in fact the research suggests that knowing about our biases causes us to focus on them more when our goal is to focus less on them. 

  • Participants will learn:  
  • What Implicit Bias is and is not
  • How Implicit Bias helps and hurts us
  • How Implicit Bias is formed
  • How Implicit Bias impacts our expectations for students
  • How to recognize and manage the Influence of Implicit Bias 
  • Mindfulness And Conscious De-Biasing

LENSES OF DIFFERENCE
We all know that we each see the world in different ways. However we can only clearly see the world through our own lens which makes it hard for us to see how others see the world. This workshop will help participants understand how to suspend their own vision of the world and take on the perspective of others in an effort to make sense of the differences that often are the source of conflict and divide.

Participants will learn how to empathize with others rather allowing sympathy to guide our reaction to others through observing the lenses that are different from our own.  

INTERSECTIONALITY OF RACE & POVERTY in EDUCATION
Much of the current psychological literature investigates single category dimensions (i.e., race or social class), with little focus on the intersection of multiple social category dimensions. Yet some evidence suggests that the intersection of race and social class information influences (a) stereotype expression, (b) categorization, (c) impressions, (d) prejudice, and (e) discrimination, revealing common links between Blackness and low social class and Whiteness and high social class in at least the United States. Social Psychology and Personality Compass, 2018

This workshop will illustrate that intersectionality and how it impacts educational outcomes for students.

Participants will learn how they can impact forces affecting students socially, emotionally and economically that were once believed to be outside of a teachers control.

BUILDING EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS
Even though most educators believe it to be true on an intuitive level, a major teaching problem in pre0service and in-service teacher education is a lack of convincing research support ot show how fostering successful teacher-student relationships is vital for students' comprehensive success. In contrast, a main learning problem for teachers is building the skills and attitudes, not just knowledge, necessary to actually foster those interpersonal relationships. (Harbaugh, A& White. J, 2010)

Participants will learn how to identify the barriers to building sustained effective relationships.

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