Course Description

In this training, Supporting Boys of Color in the Classroom, you will
be introduced to implicit bias.


This training will take a deeper dive into implicit bias and encourage program conversations around this topic. Suspension and expulsion will be discussed along with the needs and support caregivers should provide to facilitate social and emotional growth in very young children.

You will learn about how to appreciate young children and how to encourage social success and the benefits of positive interactions.

Learning Objectives​
1. Understand what implicit bias is and how it impacts the classroom​
2. Identify key elements of supporting boys of color in the classroom
3. Learn the strategies to facilitate problem solving and conflict resolution
Course Requirements​

This course provides 1.5 hours of professional development for early childhood educators. 

Participants are required view the complete virtual training and complete the discussion and both pre- and post-tests. Participants must receive a score of 80% or higher to receive credit for this course. 

Course certificates are emailed within 3-5 business days upon successful completion of all course content. 


The Elephant in the Room

“Preschool expulsions…are not child behaviors;
they are adult decisions."
Walter S. Gilliam, PhD Yale University Child Study Center
Boys of color statistically are a vulnerable subgroup. The most well-meaning dependable teachers harbor biases that negatively impact students. As caregivers become more knowledgeable and undergo self-evaluation, they can identify and respond to strong emotions exhibited by children.  Examining this should expose how teachers can underestimate students causing low academic achievement.

A quiz created in 1998 by psychologists Anthony Greenwald, Debbie McGhee, and Jordan Schwartz on Harvard University's website, was designed to reveal unconscious biases a person carries. It is linked to an implicit bias organization, Project Implicit.  

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.

Implicit Association Test (IAT) | Harvard Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

*The bias test below is an optional resource:

Take Bias Test Here >Consent (

This course is self-instructed. Participants will complete the pretest for the training, then proceed to the video link below. 

After completing the training video, you are encouraged to advance to the discussion board where you will join your professional community of learners to discuss content from the training. 


This Pre-Test is a REQUIRED graded assessment, with 5 questions and a prerequisite to the online training.  The sole purpose of this pretest is for you to test your knowledge about supporting boys of color in preschool prior to the training.

Boys of Color

Presented by: Kenneth Sherman

Kenneth has been an early educator for over 20 years. Currently he is the Chief Academic Officer for two schools in San Antonio and the chair elect for National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Council for Accreditation.
By clicking on the link below you will begin the self instructed training.
Boys of Color
Boys of Color - Kenneth Sherman

Discussion: Adult Intervention Strategies

How would you personalize your adult-child interaction strategies to support boys of color? 

(We have a few options for this part - google form short answer, wix forums/discussion, others)

Click here to respond to the discussion

Course Review

Optional review of course material or main points.

Understanding and Eliminating Expulsion in Early Childhood Programs: (Links to an external site.)

Preschool Expulsion and Boys:

Preschool Expulsions and Boys - Printer Friendly (


This Post-Test is a REQUIRED graded assessment, with 5 questions.  The purpose of this Post-Test is for you to demonstrate what you learned about supporting boys of color in preschool after completing the training.


After the Post-Test, we would greatly appreciate your feedback.

Please complete the Course Survey to let us know how we can continue to improve our online professional development offerings.

Thank you,

The Green Space Online Learning Team

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