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Bias Busters Essentials

In-Person • Live • Online • 6 PD Hours

Take your programs' understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to the next level. This live course ensures everyone on your staff builds a common understanding of unconscious bias to create a more equitable environment.

Due to technical upgrades taking place this spring, Bias Busters Essentials is currently unavailable. Please sign up on the interest form to be notified of any changes to the status of this course.

Bias Busters Essentials expands on lessons from Bias Busters Basics and includes live sessions with Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson, renowned DEI expert and author. This course provides everyone on your staff with a solid understanding of what it means to work in an environment that respects all people, what it means to serve a diverse community in a judgment-free way, and what it looks like to connect with each other when difficult situations arise. 

  • Course Level: Intermediate
  • Requirements/Prerequisites: None
  • Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Leadership and Management, Parents and Families, Program Operations, Support Services
  • Course Meeting Times: Fourth Friday of the month from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Completion Timeline/Duration: One month
  • Head Start Alignment: Fulfills OHS diversity, equity, and inclusion requirements. It is recommended this course be taken with Head Start Basics to meet additional OHS requirements.

Bias Busters Essentials Course Outline

Module Topics

  1. Head Start = Social Justice
  2. Time to Take Action
  3. Filling in the Cultural Gaps
  4. Finding Your Intentionality

Learning Objectives

  • Make connections between the origin of Head Start and current responsibilities to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Learn vocabulary that supports efforts to meet the needs of a diverse population. 
  • Reflect on personal biases, understand that all people have biases, and consider how to respond when personal biases become evident.
  • Look at culture through an objective lens and learn how to identify varied cultural identities to establish a culture of respect.  

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6 Hours of Course Material

Online, Self-Paced Content

Months of Access to Course

Video Content
Discussion Forums
Digital Badge
Certificate of Completion with PD Hours
24/7 Access to Transcript

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.

What learners are saying...

"This course was so engaging. It really opens your eyes to things going on around you and how you can make a difference!"

"Very valuable information that will teach you how to better interact with those around you."

"The instructor was very easy to follow and I enjoyed her enthusiasm for the information."