Click below to listen to a webinar I did with child psychologist Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith for EmbraceRace
“If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing.”
Sandra (Chap) Chapman, Ed. D. is the CEO of Chap Equity Inc., an organization rooted in the belief that, through teamwork, we can learn more about ourselves and others; discuss and discover the foundational research needed to address the needs in a community; create conversations that support individuals where they are and confront barrier issues; and create actionable steps towards building stronger educational communities. Chap facilitates workshops on racial identity development, racial microaggressions, implicit bias, identity / racial anxiety, stereotype threat, and hiring in education and with teams in various types of organizations. Embedded within each concept are tools for helping individuals override unconscious phenomena linked to identity and better connect behavior with values.
Dr. Chap is the lead on Social Identity Development for the Great First Eight curriculum development project, led by Dr. Nell K. Duke Executive Director, Center for Early Literacy Success at Stand for Children. Great First Eight is a full-day, open educational resource (OER) curriculum for children birth through eight. This project-based curriculum is designed to integrate all disciplines, prioritizing science and social studies to an unprecedented degree for the infant through primary grades, and to support educators in enacting culturally relevant pedagogy. In addition to creating units for the Infant and Toddler team, Dr. Chap created the professional learning modules on identity and positionality for all educators using the program.
2022 NAIS POCC
Dr. Chap & Crissy face a
historically large group of over 300
participants at the Latine Affinity Group
Dr. Chap currently serves on the Pre-School team and has maintained her role as Lead on Social Identity Development. To learn more about the Great First Eight Curriculum, visit GreatFirstEight.org. In addition, Dr. Chap serves as a partner for Perception Strategies, where she identifies opportunities to translate the mind sciences and other essential concepts into interactive workshops that build the capacity for clients to shift their mindsets and transform their organizations.
Dr. Chap is the co-author of Bias Starts Early. Let's Start Now: Developing an Anti-Racist, Anti-Bias Book Collection for Infants and Toddlers (https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.2169, co - author of Black Girl on the Playground (Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls, Corwin Press, 2021) and primary author of The Power of Conversation, an article in NAIS Magazine (Summer2014). Chap co-created the slogan, You Get What You Get and You Don’t Get Upset, Unless It’s Unjust, Then Let’s Make a Fuss!, a child-centered slogan for inspiring young activists.
Many thanks for taking the time (at a crucial point in your own school year) to speak to us at St. Bernard’s about diversity, inclusivity, micro-aggression, and other things that are important for us to think about. Your words were provocative and penetrating, and you made us all think—especially about other people and ways to make them feel welcome, not excluded. That’s the most important element in the character of a school community, and I appreciate your help and your wisdom."
~ From Stuart Johnson- Head of School, St Bernard’s School