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Implicit Bias, Stereotypes, & Microaggressions

Implicit Bias refers to the attitudes, beliefs, or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.
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At a Glance

Implicit Bias refers to the attitudes, beliefs, or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases often manifest themselves in the forms of microaggressions and stereotypes. Everyone has Implicit Bias, but few of us are aware of it and how it impacts our daily experiences. For educators, Implicit Bias may have a negative effect on our students’ behavior and academic outcomes. This session will share real-life examples of different implicit bias, microaggressions, and stereotypes, how they impact our schools, and provide practical strategies to address and confront them in ourselves and others.


  • Culturally Responsive Education
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Positive School Environments


  • Define implicit bias and identify key characteristics.
  • Define microaggressions and identify key characteristics.
  • Define stereotypes and identify key characteristics.
  • Identify specific steps and strategies to challenge implicit bias, microaggressions, and stereotypes.
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: October 27, 2021


Audience Role

  • Education Support Professional
  • Teacher

Session Length

1 Hour

Session Format


Independent Study: 
Sticks & Stones: Understanding Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Stereotypes

NEA’s asynchronous learning experience on implicit bias can be found on the LearnUpon learning management system. If you do not yet have a LearnUpon account, you can create one here: Sign up | PEP - Professional Excellence Portal ( Once you have created your account (or if you have one already), you can access the course, found here: Catalog - Courses - Sticks and Stones: Understanding Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, & Stereotypes - Description | PEP - Professional Excellence Portal ( Should you have difficulty accessing the short course, please reach out ASAP – Hilario Benzon, Manager, NEA Human and Civil Rights Department: [email protected].

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