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Chicago equity forum

Implicit Bias in Schools

On Friday, December 13, 2018 the Education Equity Project of Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights convened nearly 100 teachers, administrators, lawyers, researchers, policymakers, parents, and funders for the Chicago Equity Forum: Implicit Bias in Schools.

With generous support from the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, as well as our hosts McDermott Will & Emery, the Forum featured a keynote from Dr. Gina Gullo, leading author of Implicit Bias in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide, and three breakout sessions led by Lake Forest High School Principal Dr. Chala Holland, Professors Dr. Pam Fenning and Miranda Johnson of Loyola University’s School of Education and School of Law, and Oak Park and River Forest High School Board President Dr. Jackie Moore. You can find all presentations from the day below. For more information and resources, check out the Transforming School Discipline Collaborative.

Speaker Presentations

Keynote Presentation
Dr. Gina Gullo

Dr. Gina Gullo, leading author of Implicit Bias in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide, received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Masters in Special Education from Lehigh University where she now adjuncts between collaborative researcher projects. Her research focuses on how school leaders work to avoid the impacts of implicit bias and other forms of unintentional discrimination in their schools and communities. With a focus on bridging the gap between research and practice in education, Gina assists schools working towards equity through professional development and data support as CEO and founder of GLG Consulting. Gina offers solution-focused leadership paired with evidenced strategies to create realistic, accessible plans for schools working towards social justice and greater equity for all.

Local Strategies in School Administration
Dr. Chala Holland

Dr. Chala Holland is an educational leader with a passion for students, teaching and learning. She has led multiple districts in efforts focused on improving and enhancing student achievement outcomes for all students and has led extensive efforts to address disparities in achievement. Through her academic and professional work, Chala continues to examine the relationship between leadership, organizational change and issues of equity. She worked at Evanston Township High School as a teacher and administrator for ten years, at Oak Park and River Forest High School as an Assistant Principal for Instruction for four years and is now in her fourth year as Principal at Lake Forest High School. Chala has a BA from Northwestern University, an MA from DePaul University, and an EdD from University of Illinois at Chicago. Chala is currently completing a PhD in Educational Policy Studies.


Local Strategies in Research and Education
Dr. Pam Fenning and Professor Miranda Johnson

Dr. Pamela Fenning is a professor of School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, and a licensed clinical and school psychologist in Illinois. She is board certified in School Psychology and teaches in a National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) approved program (specialist level) and American Psychological Association (APA) accredited PhD Program. Her research and clinical work focuses on multi-tiered academic and behavioral interventions at the high school level, equity and ethnic disproportionality in school discipline policy, evaluation of alternatives to suspension programs, high-risk behaviors of adolescents, competency training in school psychology, professional preparation programs, and support of military families. She has published widely in the area of school discipline policies and practices, and alternatives to suspension and expulsion. She currently serves as chair of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Professional Positions Committee, is on the NASP Program Approval Board and is the incoming president of the Trainers of School Psychologists. She earned her doctorate from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993.

Miranda Johnson is a Clinical Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Director of Loyola’s Education Law and Policy Institute. She teaches experiential learning classes in education law and supervises law students in the representation of parents and students in school discipline and special education cases. She has also presented in various settings on prevention-oriented approaches to school discipline and organized training programs for school administrators on school discipline issues. Prior to working at Loyola, she was a staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York, an organization promoting access to better educational services for New York City school children.

Local Strategies in School Boards and Communities
Dr. Jackie Moore

Dr. Jackie Moore is in her second term as an elected member of the Oak Park and River Forest High School Board. She currently serves as President of the Board and seeks to implement policies centered on equity that ensure all students benefit from a rigorous education in a welcoming, inclusive environment. She is Co-Founder of Excellence with Equity in Education (ETeam) a non-profit that engages families, educators, and community members to ensure all students have equitable access to needed resources so they will be college and career ready. She has a doctorate in Developmental Studies from UCLA. Past experience includes work as a researcher at the Institute for Juvenile Research at University of Illinois- Chicago and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on issues of family, parenting, and child development in the context of poverty.