Event Details

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

  • 03 Dec 2019
  • 04 Dec 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • 03 Dec 2019, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (CST)
  • 04 Dec 2019, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (CST)
  • Metro State University - 700 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106 - FOUNDER'S HALL


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • You can purchase an optional boxed lunch within registration ($18 per day)

Registration is closed

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 two-day professional learning opportunity for those working with providers, teachers, children, and families.

Registration is closed for the in-person training.
A livestream will be available 9am-4pm each day at this link: 

During this FREE 2-day session, you will:

  • Examine the issues of early childhood suspensions and expulsions.
  • Identify behavioral expectations based on children's development.
  • Assess awareness of your own hidden biases.
  • Investigate empathetic listening to build relationships.
  • Identify how culturally responsive practices can be implemented in the classroom.
  • Apply what you have learned to develop an action plan to reduce bias and identify areas for enhancement using an Equity Audit.

Who should attend this session?
Head Start staff, school district staff, kindergarten and early childhood teachers, Professional Development Facilitators, early childhood special education (Part C and Part 619B), the Minnesota Initiative Foundations – Minnesota Early Childhood Initiatives, coaches, home visitors, child care providers, and more. Open to all educators.

General information:

  • Event runs 9am-4pm both days, with check-in beginning at 8:30am.
  • This event is FREE to attend. 
  • 5.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for school administrators, teachers, and DEVELOP will be awarded per day.

  • Upon registering, you can purchase a boxed lunch for each day ($18 each) 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. Lunch will be located in the Great Hall.

    • Dec 3 boxed lunch: from Common Roots Catering (assorted wraps, sandwiches, and salads - includes dessert, fruit, and a beverage) - $18
    • Dec 4 boxed lunch: from Sawatdee (options include Pad Thai, noodle salad, and Banh Mi - includes appetizer, salad, and a beverage) - $18

Getting to Metro State:

  • The main event is located in Founder's Hall - click here for a campus map. Lunch is located in the Great Hall in the New Main Building.
  • Parking is available at Metropolitan State University Parking Ramp (400 Maria Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55106) for $5.00 or street parking is available at no cost, city guidelines must be followed. 

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.

Hotel Accommodations - General Twin Cities events

Attending a professional development event in the Twin Cities? Consider booking at the DoubleTree Hotel in Roseville (formerly a Radisson Hotel) at our special rate of $113/night. To make a reservation, call 651.636.4567 and ask for the MN Elementary School Principals' Association rate, or click here and use the corporate code 3231008 to book online.

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