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Bias Buster Basics

On-Demand • Online • 4 PD Hours

Educate and have an open dialogue with your staff on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI). This course is the perfect first step in your program's DEI journey by defining shared vocabulary, language, and values.


The perfect first step in your program’s DEI journey, Bias Buster Basics is an ideal pre-service experience for all staff to ensure everyone is using similar language and coming to the work with consistent sensitivities and understanding. In just a few hours, your staff will experience the positive energy Dr. Kimberly Johnson brings to a very challenging topic.

Course Level: Beginner

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Leadership and Management, Parents and Families, Program Operations, Support Services

Course Meeting Times: None

Completion Timeline/Duration: Self-Paced

Head Start Alignment: Fulfills OHS’ diversity, equity, and inclusion requirements. It is recommended this course be taken with Head Start Basics to meet more of the OHS required training.

Course Outline

Course Author

Dr. Kimberly Johnson

Dr. Kimberly Johnson

Children’s author and educator, Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson grew up in Shelby, NC. She is the author of 25 children’s books. Dr. Johnson received her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She holds a master’s degree from Clemson University, in Youth Development and Leadership, an Early Childhood Education degree, and a Communications degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed her postdoctoral work in the Advanced Leadership program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She recently completed a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University. She is currently teaching Creative Activities for Youth, Designing Effective Youth Programs, Youth and Family, and Working with Diverse Youth at Clemson University. Dr. Johnson also teaches Creative Writing for Social Change at Clinton College and is a course facilitator for the Leading Learning, Managing Evidence, and Leading with Equity and Excellence courses at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $195

NHSA Member Rate: $90

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  • Online, Self Paced Content
  • 4 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • 3 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript

What learners are saying...

"This was a great training to look at my teaching practices and consider ways to help children and families from diverse backgrounds feel connection and belonging."

"It helped me become more culturally aware and inclusive while working with different cultures." 

- Sherlyn Gonzalez, Family Engagement Partner, Community Services For Children, Inc.

"The most valuable part of this experience was seeing how to make connections and implement the strategies in the real world."

- Odalis Dial, Education Manager, Rural Utah Child Development

"Bias Busters Basic was informational, enlightening, and remindful of the reason why you chose to do the job you do. It encourages you to keep moving forward."

- Tamica Cannon, Lead Home Visitor, The Children's Hospital Philadelphia Early Head Start