Reducing Teachers' Implicit Racial Bias Through Family–School Collaborations

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the noted differences in IOA and quality of data collection between filmed observations and live observations.
  2. learn about how a family–school collaborative intervention is being expanded to assist in reducing teachers’ implicit racial biases.
  3. learn about best practices within implicit bias reducing interventions.
  4. learn about previous (or the lack of previous) school-based interventions for reducing implicit racial biases.


It is well-established that Black and Brown students face systemic inequities in U.S. schools. Examples of such inequities include the increased likelihood of receiving office discipline referrals and reduced likelihood of positive teacher–parent and teacher–student interactions. Recent research has examined the role of unchecked implicit racial bias in perpetuating these inequities. This poster describes the preliminary steps taken to incorporate strategies to reduce teachers’ implicit racial bias in an emergent family–school partnership intervention.



Zachary A. Santana, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Sarah A. Fefer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
David J. Gertz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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