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Gryphon House Releases Don’t Look Away

Lewisville, N.C. – Gryphon House, Inc. announces Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms, a resource book leading early childhood professionals to explore issues of bias, equity, low expectations, and family engagement to help them develop culturally responsive education experiences.

Every day, 250 children are suspended from school. Many are children of color, deprived of opportunities to experience learning at the same rate and quality as white children.

“Implicit biases are automatic, uncontrolled cognitive processes that affect our attitudes toward others. If not addressed, they can demolish a child’s opportunity for education,” said Iheoma Iruka, PhD. “Our goal is to help educators recognize bias in the classroom and to provide them with ways to mitigate inequitable experiences.”

Featuring strategies, tools, and information to help educators create culturally responsive and equitable learning environments, Don’t Look Away challenges them to consider their perceptions:

  • Identify their own unconscious biases—we all have them!
  • Recognize and minimize bias in the classroom, school, and community
  • Connect with children and their families
  • Help close the opportunity gap for children from marginalized communities

Ideal for educators of children ranging from pre-K to grade 5, this book features exercises and discussion topics to promote rich discussions.

Don’t Look Away is widely available April 1, 2020.

About the Authors

Iheoma Iruka, PhD, is chief research officer for HighScope Educational Research Foundation and a former research director at FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Stephanie Curenton, PhD, is a tenured associate professor in the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University and director of the Ecology of School Readiness Lab.

Tonia Durden, PhD, is a clinical associate professor of early childhood and elementary education and is a program coordinator at the Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development.

Kerry-Ann Escayg, PhD, is an assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Nebraska–Omaha.


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