Dr. Rosemarie Allen
President and CEO, Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence


One of the most critical protective factors that support resilience is close, positive relationships with caregivers or other caring adults. Educators have the potential to change the trajectory of a child’s life. What role do you play? How are you ensuring the well-being of children despite adverse early experiences? This presentation will include strategies to increase children’s ability to cope with adversity and techniques that enhance healthy development in vulnerable children. The role of implicit bias, negative perceptions of children’s behaviors, and utilizing culturally responsive and culturally affirming practices, will also be discussed.