Bias, Equity and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation In-Person Event

TTAC hosted a full-day presentation by Dr. Walter Gilliam on the important topic of preschool expulsion. Dr. Gilliam is Professor of Child Psychiatry & Psychology, and Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. He is a national expert on the widespread practice of expulsion of preschoolers, usually for disruptive behaviors. Dr. Gilliam described the prevalence of expulsion of preschoolers relative to older children, and also described the contours and consequences of this problem, as well as the implicit bias that results in higher expulsion rates for black boys. Dr. Gilliam discussed interventions that reduce expulsions, chief among them being early childhood mental health consultation, and new tools to support classroom management. This training was designed to support early childhood educators and mental health consultants.

Date & Time: Monday, October 28th, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium

Presenter: Dr. Walter Gilliam


Presentation Slides are forthcoming shortly!

About the Presenter:

Dr. Walter S. Gilliam is the Elizabeth Mears & House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He is the current board president of Child Care Aware of America; a member of the board of directors for ZERO TO THREE, the Irving Harris Foundation, First Children’s Finance, and All Our Kin; a research fellow of the National Institute for Early Education Research; and former Senior Advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Dr. Gilliam is co-recipient of the prestigious 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the coauthored book, A Vision for Universal Preschool Education. His scholarly writing addresses early childhood care and education programs, school readiness, and developmental assessment of young children. His work frequently has been covered in major national and international news outlets, and he actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers in the U.S. and other countries.