Values-Based Responding to Bias Incidents

Nov 10, 2022 9:00AM—11:00AM



Cost $450 members; $375 group-rate; $675 non-members

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Values-Based Responding to Bias Incidents

SESSION 1: November 10, 2022 | 9:00am - 11:00am

SESSION 2: November 17, 2022 | 9:00am - 11:00am


When students break rules designed to protect the learning community, these incidents are often challenging for educators—and understandably so. Any action that violates community values will leave people feeling frustrated and upset, if not downright angry and disgusted. When the incident involves an act of bias, these emotions tend to be even stronger, because they are a response to personal and historical traumas. Meanwhile, educators are expected to remain calm, professional, impartial or multipartial, and supportive. How do we move through bias incidents in a way that centers students who have been marginalized, offers a learning experience and a path back to the community for the student who committed the harm, and leaves educators feeling whole?

This two-part workshop will provide tools and strategies, rooted in evidence-based psychological science, to help educators respond to bias in values-based ways. We will examine how to support all who are involved in a bias incident—including those targeted, those who committed the act, and the rest of the community—so that everyone can move forward. 


Participants will learn how to:

  • Notice, name, honor, and learn from their own emotions and values when responding to bias
  • Develop a plan of care for those targeted by bias, as well as the larger community
  • Use tools that promote values-based accountability for students who commit acts of bias


For teachers and leaders with STUDENT LIFE responsibilities, such as principals, assistant principals, deans, DEI directors, advisors, psychologists, and social workers.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!



Lauren Porosoff (she/her) is the founder of EMPOWER Forwards, a collaborative consultancy practice that builds learning communities that truly belong to everyone, and where everyone truly belongs. Informed by 18 years of classroom experience and evidence-based psychological science, Lauren develops tools and protocols that empower students and teachers to make school a source of meaning, vitality, and community. Her work on transforming the psychological experience of school includes instructional design, social-emotional learning, professional development, and anti-racist action. She’s presented on these topics at national conferences of professional organizations, including Learning & the Brain, NCTE, NAESP, and ASCD; and for regional associations of independent schools. Lauren is the lead author of EMPOWER Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience (Solution Tree, 2017), Two-for-One Teaching: Connecting Instruction to Student Values (Solution Tree, 2019), Teach Meaningful: Tools to Design the Curriculum at Your Core (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), The PD Curator: How to Design Peer-to-Peer Professional Learning That Elevates Teachers and Teaching (ASCD, 2021), and the upcoming books EMPOWER Moves for Social-Emotional Learning: Tools and Strategies to Evoke Student Values (Solution Tree, 2022) and Authentic Engagement: Designing Instruction So Students Connect to the Content, Their Work, and Each Other (ASCD, 2023).

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