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Leading for Equity: The Hidden Bias of Good People – Implications for School Superintendents and the Students and Families They Serve

Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am EST

Leading for Equity

Presented by Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr., Executive Director, National Training Institute on Race and Equity, Morehouse College
Moderated by Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Assistant Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association

Hosted by AASA, The Superintendents Association 
AASA’s Leadership Network, providing premier professional learning for educational leaders

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Watch Dr. Bryant Marks, Executive Director of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity (Atlanta, GA), as he presents on the understanding of implicit biases and their impacts on America’s youth and educators. Viewers will explore the effects implicit biases have on the attitudes and behaviors of targeted groups. Dr. Marks will share how to implement practices or policies that reduce the likelihood implicitly biased beliefs will lead to biased behaviors.

Implicit bias is everywhere and affects everyone. We all have implicit bias. The impact of our implicit bias on others significantly depends on our social and professional roles in society. Bias held by educators, police officers, physicians, prosecutors, and criminal court judges can significantly affect the life outcomes of large segments of society.

Essential questions include:

  • What is implicit bias and what are the implications of implicit bias on students and their families?
  • What causes implicit bias and how is it measured?
  • How does implicit bias impact the student experience, performance, and opportunity?
  • How can school district leaders effect real change regarding attitudes and behaviors?
  • In schools, what are signs of implicit biases and what professional development is needed to begin an awareness?
  • How can implicit bias be reduced/managed?

Viewers will learn about strategies to address systemic disparities and inequities in order to benefit all students.

This recorded presentation will be of particular value to school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders.


Bryant MarksAbout the Presenter

Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, trainer, and award-winning educator. Dr. Marks has provided diversity, equity, and inclusion training for eighteen years. His personal and professional mission is to develop the knowledge, wisdom, and skills of others that will allow them to reach their full potential and live their lives with purpose and passion. Dr. Marks is the Founding Director of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as a senior advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Marks was a contributor/trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and 21st Century Policing programs. Dr. Marks has provided implicit bias training to over 2,000 Police Chiefs and executives via a series of briefings at the White House in 2016, and several thousand patrol officers in local police departments including the entire Los Angeles Police Department. He has also provided training related to diversity and implicit bias to individuals in education (K-12 and higher education), philanthropy, non-profits, local and federal government, and several other sectors. He serves on several national boards and is a highly sought-after speaker and trainer.

Dr. Marks holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks conducts research and professional development in the areas of diversity and implicit bias, Black male psychology and development, the academic achievement of minority college students, innovations in STEM education, and personal passion and productivity.


Valerie TruesdaleAbout the Host

Dr. Valerie Truesdale joined AASA early in 2019 as the assistant executive director responsible for guiding leadership development services and programs. With years of experience in the superintendency and roles in instructional technology, she knows that AASA’s Leadership Network can be a substantial resource for school leaders trying to keep pace with the rapidly changing delivery of K-12 education.


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The AASA Leadership Network drives superintendent success, innovation and growth, shaping the future of public education while preparing students for what’s next. We are the largest, most diverse network of superintendents in America. Passionate and committed, we connect educational leaders to the professional learning, leadership development, relationships and partnerships they need to ensure a long career of impact.


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Thursday, December 3, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am EST
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