Influencing Implicit Bias in Classroom Decisions

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn what implicit bias is, how it can influence classroom decisions, and strategies to reduce bias when working with a diverse group of students.
  2. understand the current data on a training on implicit bias and the impact of priming on student outcomes.
  3. gain insight on future directions for research on implicit bias in education.


When identifying students at risk for social–emotional challenges, it is important for teachers to be aware of their own implicit biases. Formed through our experiences, implicit biases influence our thoughts and behaviors, and for this reason, teachers may benefit from receiving training in this area. This presentation will provide information on the existing literature on implicit bias training, as well as the impact of priming on student outcomes. Implications and future directions will be discussed.



Chelsea Salvatore, University of South Florida
Alexis M. Sanchez, University of South Florida
Hannah E. Mennes, University of South Florida
Amy Trayers, University of South Florida


Nathaniel von der Embse, PhD


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