F2F/P - Bias-Free Decision Making To Address Systemic Racism In Ontario Schools

Created by parkrich on May 5, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017 at Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel

Starts at 4:00 PM · Ends on Oct 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • parkrich

Type of Professional Learning

External Event

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the session, participants will

build leadership capacity in bias-free decision making to support principals and vice-principals in their local boards.

The objectives of the professional learning will include:

  • recognizing one’s own bias including issues as they relate to social identity, power and privilege;
  • knowing the difference between intent and impact;
  • developing strategies for fostering allies;
  • understanding the principles of anti-racism, bias and stereotyping as they relate to decision making and planning;
  • linking new knowledge to board and school improvement plans;
  • identifying strategies to put in place immediately upon return to boards and schools.


After the session, participants will

use the facilitator’s package/tool kit developed to provide participants with examples of strategies to use along with resources to support professional learning of all principals and vice-principals in the local boards. A separate package will be developed for each sector with a common core.

Participants will develop an action plan to engage Principals and Vice-principals in their local boards and return the plan to the sector project leader. The leaders will then validate the action plan and follow up after four months to determine the impact of implementation.

The intended outcomes will provide leaders to make bias-free decisions to support systemic equity in boards and schools by:

  • understanding and accessing current and relevant resources as they relate to Equity and Inclusive Education;
  • developing self-awareness and understanding of bias and how bias impacts behaviour;
  • leading by example to foster safe and inclusive schools for all;
  • engaging in collaborative leadership to identifying and subsequently overcoming biases in the workplace;
  • developing strategies and ideas for conducting difficult conversations relating to identifying one’s own biases and recognizing their impact on behaviour and school climate;
  • strategically including a vision for equity in school improvement planning; and,
  • applying a bias-free approach to progressive discipline.

Suggested Participants


Board leaders supporting leadership development.

In-person or Virtual


Multiple-Offering Events




Contact Person

John Lowrey, Inclusive Education Branch and Nadine Trepanier-Bisson, l’Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO)

Contact Email



Contact Telephone Number

416 325-6074 (John Lowrey)

613 7891998 (Nadine Trepanier-Bisson)

Other Relevant Information

Day 1: 4pm to 8:30pm

Day 2: 8:30am to 4pm

Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel

5875 Airport Road Mississauga Canada