Colorado Spotlight: Rosemarie Allen - Understanding Race and Bias in Special Education
Implicit bias and concerns related to racial inequity exist at every level of society.
Understanding Race and Bias in Special Education
Implicit bias and concerns related to racial inequity exist at every level of society. In order to strive towards an increasingly equitable society it is imperative that as educators and supporters of children with disabilities, we examine our own biased lenses through which we
see the world. In this interactive webinar, we will analyze the impact of our biases on teaching, learning, and interactions with others.
Define implicit biases and explore how they show up in our consultation work.
Identify acts of bias in special education
Explore strategies for addressing implicit biases in our work with others.
Identify concrete ways to disrupt bias in the moments we experience them.
Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as an educational leader for over 30 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring ALL children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Rosemarie has served in directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services as the Director of the Division of Early Learning and in Youth Corrections.
Dr. Allen also serves as the President and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE), which is the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation. In this capacity she has worked with the United States Department of Education as well as 48 State Departments of Education, the United States Customs and Border Protection, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Police Officer Standard Training (POST) and numerous police departments, school districts and other organizations providing training on implicit bias, microaggressions, anti-racism and racial equity. IREE is contracted with the State of Colorado to monitor and license early childhood facilities using a model she created, “Culturally Responsive Community Based Licensing”.
Rosemarie is a national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, speaking at conferences across the country. She is a respected keynote speaker, presenting on Implicit Bias, Racial Equity, Inclusive Practices, Culturally Responsive Practices, Cultural Competence, Micro-Aggressions, Disproportionality, Privilege, Power and Intersectionality, etc. She also has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” connecting with world leaders in early childhood across the globe.
Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Long Beach, Master’s of Education from Lesley University and Doctorate in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.