Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education

Decorative: "Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education"


A. "Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education" (pdf) "offers practical strategies for ... implementing culturally responsive pedagogy and describes how teachers can bring anti-bias values to life by" ...

  • "[B]uilding and drawing on intergroup awareness, understanding and skills"
  • "[C]reating classroom environments that reflect diversity, equity and justice"
  • "[E]ngaging families and communities in ways that are meaningful and culturally competent"
  • "[E]ncouraging students to speak out against bias and injustice"
  • "[I]ncluding anti-bias curricula as part of larger individual, school and community action"
  • "[S]upporting students’ identities and making it safe for them to fully be themselves"
  • "[U]sing instructional strategies that support diverse learning styles and allow for deep exploration of anti-bias themes."

B. Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education is organized into four sections.

1. "In each section, you can explore recommended practices [including specific teaching/in-class activities], find helpful explanations, and learn how each practice connects to anti-bias education":  

a. Instruction 

  • Critical Engagement with Material
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Cooperative and Collaborative Learning
  • Real-World Connections
  • Values-Based Assessment, Evaluation and Grading

b. Classroom Culture

  • Honoring Student Experience
  • Thoughtful Classroom Setup and Structure
  • Shared Inquiry and Dialogue
  • Social and Emotional Safety
  • Values-Based Behavior Management

c. Family and Community Engagement

  • Culturally Sensitive Communication
  • Inclusion of Family and Community Wisdom
  • Increased Connections Among Families
  • Use of Local Resources
  • Engagement with Community Issues and Problems

d. Teacher Leadership

  • Self-Awareness and Cultural Competency
  • Speaking Up and Responding to Prejudice, Bias and Stereotypes
  • Building Alliances
  • Leading Beyond the Classroom
  • Ongoing Reflection and Learning

2. "Social Justice Standard: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bias Framework"

  • A fifth section includes "a set of anchors, grade-level outcomes and school-based scenarios to show what anti-bias attitudes and behavior may look like in the classroom."
  • The section and activities designed for grades 9-12 can easily be adapted for university use.

C. Further Resources

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