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1st Edition

Implicit Bias in Schools
A Practitioner’s Guide

ISBN 9781138497061
Published December 3, 2018 by Routledge
220 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Implicit bias is often recognized as one of the reasons for instances of discrimination and injustice, despite most people explicitly believing in the importance of equality and justice for all people. Implicit Bias in Schools provides practitioners with an understanding of implicit bias and how to address it from start to finish: what it is, how it is a problem, and how we can fix it. Grounded in an accessible summary of research on bias and inequity in schools, this book bridges the research-to-practice gap by exploring how implicit bias affects students and what school leaders can do to mitigate the effects of bias in their schools. Covering issues of discipline, instruction, academic achievement, mindfulness, data collection, and culturally relevant practices, and full of rich examples and strategies, Implicit Bias in Schools is a must-have resource for educators today.

Supplemental material, including links to resources mentioned in the text, tools, and worksheets to assist your journey when implementing strategies at your own school can be found at

Table of Contents


About the Authors


Part I: What is Implicit Bias?

Chapter 1. Implicit What?

Chapter 2. Forces, Sources, and Discourses of Implicit Bias

Part II: Why Does Implicit Bias Matter?

Chapter 3. Making the Grade: Academics

Chapter 4. Who Did What? Behavior and Discipline

Part III: What Can We Do about Implicit Bias?

Chapter 5. Making a Difference by Yourself: Individual Strategies

Chapter 6. Making a Difference in Your School: Institutional Strategies

Part IV: What Does Implicit Bias Work Look Like?

Chapter 7. Supporting Policy and Practice to Address Implicit Bias in Discipline
Pamela A. Fenning and Miranda B. Johnson

Chapter 8. Conducting a Successful Implicit Bias Training
Kimberly Barsamian Kahn

Chapter 9. Addressing Implicit Bias District-Wide: Experiences and Lessons Learned
Kimberly Brazwell

Appendix A: DATA: Detailed, Accurate, and Tracked Awareness

List of Contributors

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Gina Laura Gullo is Educational Equity and Data Consultant at GLG Consulting and Adjunct Professor at Lehigh University, USA.

Kelly Capatosto is Senior Research Associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, USA.

Cheryl Staats is an education author and researcher with a background in implicit racial/ethnic bias.