Event Details

Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias as a Barrier to Reaching ALL Children: A Professional Learning Session with Dr. Rosemarie Allen

  • 02 Dec 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Minnesota Department of Education - Conference Center B - 1500 MN-36, Roseville, MN 55113


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Seating is limited. You can purchase an optional boxed lunch within registration ($18).
  • Register here to attend the livestream of this event.

Registration is closed

In-person registration will close after Tuesday, November 26! Livestream registration will remain open.

Instructions for the livestream - 9am-4pm on Dec 2
Click here for instructions to access the livestream via Mediasite.
View all materials and slides at mespa.net/bias

The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association invite you to attend a special one-day professional learning opportunity for those making policy, program, and funding decisions impacting children and families.

Who should attend this session?
This one-day session is geared toward those making policy, program, and funding decisions impacting children and families, including legislators, funders, advocates, government staff, school principals and district leaders, faculty, and more. If you are looking for the two-day session on December 3-4, for those working with providers, teachers, children, and families, please click here.

Attend in-person or via livestream! 
Within your event registration, please indicate whether you plan to attend the event in-person or live-stream from the comfort of your home or office. You must register to attend this event, even if attending via livestream.

During this FREE 1-day session, you will:

  • Examine the issues of early childhood suspensions and expulsions.
  • Identify behavioral expectations based on children's development.
  • Assess what behaviors promote inequities and bias.
  • Investigate what supports are needed for schools, teachers, providers, and children & their families.
  • Identify what Minnesota can do.
  • Develop a plan to create policy to address school suspensions.

General information:

  • Event runs 9am-4pm, with check-in beginning at 8:30am.
  • This event is FREE to attend. 
  • Upon registering, you can purchase a lunch ($18) if you choose, and an invoice will be sent to you to pay via check. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch or go out for lunch if you would prefer. Please note: lunch orders are non-refundable if made or cancelled after November 15th.
    • Dec 2 lunch ($18): Provided by Breaking Bread (a social enterprise restaurant from Appetite for Change). Lunch buffet includes dry rub roasted chicken; arugula salad with roasted beets, feta, pecans, and maple vinaigrette; mac & cheese; roasted root vegetables; and cornbread. If you have special dietary needs, please note in your registration so accommodations can be made.
  • 5.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for school administrators, teachers, and DEVELOP will be awarded.

About the presenter: Dr. Rosemarie Allen

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 Associate 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 and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity and 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 Ed.D in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.

This event is made possible using federal funding, 93.434 - ESSA Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Event Cancellation Policy 

A completed online registration constitutes a bill and a commitment to pay for a full seminar payment. Due to MESPA's incurred costs (i.e. materials, meals, speaking fees, etc.) please know that unfortunately, we are unable to grant refunds within two weeks of the event's start date. Prior to the two-week mark, we are able to issue a refund, less a $50 processing fee.

For Institute Exhibit registrations, please see the Cancellation Policy at mespa.net/exhibit.

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