The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

November 14-16 | Columbus, OH

November 14-16 | Columbus, OH

The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

Dr. Rosemarie Allen

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"I know the challenges professionals face today. I have been in your shoes. As a former director, government official, and administrator, I have firsthand knowledge of running a high quality, inclusive organization that serves and welcomes all."  


Dr. Rosemarie Allen is a nationally-recognized leader and expert who speaks frequently on the topics of Culturally Responsive Practices, Cultural Competence, Microggressions, Racial Disproportionality, Privilege, and Power and Intersectionality. She has served as an educational leader for over 30 years and has dedicated her life's work toward ensuring all children have access to high quality programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.

Dr. Allen launched the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence which serves as the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation. She has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” to represent the United States at World Conferences across the globe. Dr. Allen earned her B. A. from California State University, Master’s of Education from Lesley University, and Doctorate in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is currently an assistant professor in the school of education at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

OCALI and the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children are honored to welcome Dr. Allen as a featured presenter for the Special Education Leadership Institute at OCALICON 2018.

Wednesday | 8:00 - 8:15 am
Special Education Leadership Institute Welcome

Wednesday | 8:15 - 9:15 am
Culturally Responsive Leadership

Learn why culturally-responsive leadership is important while discussing the vast inequities in schools – including achievement/opportunity gap, discipline gap, and gifted/talented gap.

Wednesday | 12:45 - 2:00 pm
Implicit Bias and Color Blind Ideology

What is implicit bias? How do our own hidden biases impact our viewpoint and decisions? Learn strategies to avoid engaging in color blind practices and for reducing implicit bias.

Wednesday | 2:45 - 4:00 pm
Microaggressions and Cultural Humility

Microaggressions are the action-based outcome of implicit bias. Learn how to identify microaggressions in the workplace – as well as active learning strategies to help avoid the pitfalls associated with “intent vs impact” related to microaggressions.

Wednesday | 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Culturally Responsive Practices

Analyze culturally responsive practices and practical application in the workplace. Learn how an equity audit can help review and assess progress and identify areas for focus and future development.