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Beyond Bias

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation has created a series of interactive anti-bias workshops called Beyond Bias to support educators as they address issues of bias, race, and ethnicity in the classroom in ways that create brave spaces and promote empathy.

All Beyond Bias training participants will be provided relevant materials to incorporate into their schools.

This program is FREE for educators. In person trainings are from 9am-3pm and offer 5.5 professional development credits. Virtual trainings are 3 hours at various times and offer 3 professional development credits. Please note that all programs are virtual until further notice. Please visit our Events Page to see our current offerings.

All in person trainings max out at 30 participants and virtual trainings at 60 participants. To be put on a wait list for a training, please click here.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility please contact Jessica Taube, [email protected] or 732-937-7523

 

PLEASE NOTE: Registration links will be released two months prior to training dates. To be the first to learn about upcoming trainings, sign up for our educator email list.

The Unconscious Bias training will introduce participants to the concept of unconscious (or implicit) bias in themselves and in others. This training will demonstrate to participants the many ways that unconscious bias manifests itself. It will also identify strategies to address unconscious bias in ourselves and in our school population.

Issues of race and ethnicity have been coming to the forefront more recently in schools. Educators may feel uncomfortable talking about race with their students or colleagues, despite knowing that it is important to create an open forum for students to express their feelings, frustrations, and fears. This training explores the reasons WHY it is important to talk about race and offers a chance to practice talking about race. It will introduce educators to proper terminology surrounding the issues of race and ethnicity and help educators examine their own privilege and intersectionality. Educators will be given access to handouts and videos after the training that they can use in the classroom to help with these important conversations.

Join us in this virtual workshop as we discuss what it means to actively be an antiracist. In this workshop we will look specifically at anti-Black racism, what it means to be antiracist, analyze the educational system in our country and work to create action-oriented personal goals. Each participant will need to choose an educational area to focus on during the registration process. The areas that we will focus on during this workshop will be: college readiness/access to AP/gifted and talented programs, educator expectations and biases, lack of representation of black educators/role models, school discipline inequities and curriculum. Each participant will also be asked to identify their racial identity when registering for the purposes of specific breakout group. Please be prepared to choose one area of focus during the workshop and your racial identity when you register. We do not recommend this workshop yet if you are new to talking about race. Instead, we recommend you take our Talking about Race workshop first.

What attendees had to say….

“This workshop was enlightening and important for anyone working with students and families, especially in diverse settings. I highly recommend it.”

Noreen Potterton

Social Worker

“Great workshop. I learned so much. I need to go home and process all this information. The world around us influences our bias so much – unbelievable!”

Anonymous

“Thank you for making tough topics easily understood. My staff and students will be better served and educated going forward. TIME TO TURNKEY!!”

Lou Waibel

Fourth Grade Teacher

“Extremely comprehensive. This training covers background knowledge to make sure you will get the most out of this training. The activities and discussions challenge you to confront your own prejudices in a safe and accepting environment. Highly recommend.”

Joseph Lee

School Counselor

“This was one of the best workshops that I’ve ever been to. It is so refreshing to have an open conversation about issues of race with educators and mental health professionals focused on making systemic change.”

Inessa Vaccaro

Student Assistance Counselor

“In the decade I have attended trainings, this ‘Why We Bully’ series has been the best. They have been informative, well organized, thought provoking, engaging and REAL. The presenters did an EXTRAORDINARY job. I would recommend them to all my colleagues.”

Eridania Towns

School-Based Mental Health Specialist

NJSBF “NO SHOW” POLICY

If you register for and do not show up at a workshop, we will notify you that you have been placed on our “No Show” list. Should this occur two times, you will be removed from our email list.

We understand that things happen that might prevent you from attending a workshop for which you are registered. You may cancel your registration at any time up to the morning of the training by simply emailing [email protected] or by calling 732-937-7523 in order to prevent being placed on the “No Show” list.

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropic and educational organization. Funding is furnished by the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey and limited to providing education to the public. The Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling its mission despite limited funding that is significantly impacted by market interest rates. Your cooperation in honoring your registration at our free workshops is essential.