The Center for Intensive Behavioral Supports Project, or CIBS, at Illinois State University partners with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to develop professional learning and resources to reduce the use of physical restraint, time out, and isolated time out. An area of identified focus includes the influence of implicit bias in the disproportionate discipline practices used by schools, particularly in response to behavior by people of color and those with disabilities. Bringing attention to these disparities and acknowledging the role of implicit bias provides an opportunity to disrupt the punitive and exclusionary discipline cycle that has been shown to marginalize students’ ability to excel academically, socially, and professionally. 

The learning objectives for this module are:

  • Define implicit bias
  • Understand origins and measures
  • Articulate effects and lasting outcomes
  • Identify steps to reduce or mitigate the impact