Stephanie Itle-Clark, EdD, CHES - Founder and President, Academy of Prosocial Learning (APL)
Bias is a dirty word in humane and prosocial education. We do not want to support bias in any form, and we want to help our learners find and end injustice. But if we are not open to recognizing our own implicit biases, we may be perpetuating exactly what we want to end. A big challenge for educators in today’s increasingly complex and global world is developing a personal awareness of how unconscious bias impacts daily decision-making and how microaggressions and stereotypes influence the way we interact with learners. In this session, you will learn why the brain tries to grasp onto stereotypes, discover how to recognize and reflect upon personal bias, and begin to establish ways to override these stereotypes.
About our Speaker:
Stephanie Itle-Clark received her BS in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, MEd in Educational Curriculum and Development from Wilkes University, and EdD in Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University where she focused on the impact of humane education professional development for teachers. She also holds Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) credentials. Prior to founding the Academy of Prosocial Learning, she taught in both private and public education sectors and was the Director of Learning at The Humane Society of the United States. She specializes in humane pedagogy and supporting educators as they develop lessons that infuse humane and prosocial education into the standards-based curriculum in order to increase learner growth in the cognitive, affective, and behavioral domains. She is a current board member of the Humane Education Coalition, the Association of Professional Humane Educators, and the United Federation of Teachers Humane Education Committee.
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