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We must acknowledge we have biases. Acknowledgment, awareness, and understanding. These are the critical steps towards actualizing internal growth and sustainable change around understanding how our biases work and how to be mindful of them. We must be aware that all of us are shaped by our environment and that in many cases is a direct result of our biases. When you are in a position of power, your biases can lead to and/or reinforce racist policies. Developing an awareness of this is critical for personal growth. In this session, we will begin the process and develop sustainable mechanisms for understanding our own biases as well as the correlation between them and racism. We will also examine how this adversely affects our actions and interactions with students.
Ken (He/Him/His) currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 20 years and spent most of his classroom experience teaching technology at the Middle School level. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and a Google Certified Innovator. Ken has worked extensively at the policy level with a number of State Departments of Education, Ministries of Education, and was appointed to the Educational Technology Task Force formed by a previous California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, consults, and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Equity and Inclusion, Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist, Multimedia Literacy, Cultural Intelligences, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner.