Preparing students to live and work successfully in a pluralistic nation and a global community requires opportunities for them to engage in curricular content that furthers the ideals of justice and equality upon which the nation was founded. Anti-bias curriculum provides an understanding of diverse perspectives, strengthens critical thinking skills, challenges the development of emerging biases, and builds skills and motivation to take action against injustice.
Additionally, creating an anti-bias learning environment fosters a positive and open mindset to engage in and learn from curricular content that promotes equality and diversity nationwide.
Lesson Plans is a collection of K-12 lessons and curriculum units which assist educators in teaching about bias, bullying, diverse perspectives and discrimination. All of our curricula are interactive, Common Core aligned and inspire students to take action in support of social justice.
New Current Events Classroom Lesson: "Freddie Gray & Baltimore Unrest: Exploring the Case Using Op-Eds"
A monthly educator resource featuring essays on bullying, current events and the social and emotional development of children. This month's issue is "Do No Harm: How to Intervene Without Making it Worse."
Books Matter is ADL's online bibliography of recommended children's books about bias, bullying, diversity and social justice. The directory of over 700 books represents the best anti-bias and multicultural literature for educators and parents of children and teens.
On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old African American resident of Baltimore, MD, was arrested and injured while in police custody; he died a week later due to a severed spine. This lesson provides an opportunity for high school students to discuss the case of Freddie Gray’s death and the protests that took place in Baltimore and elsewhere. In the lesson, students will learn more about the case, read and analyze several op-eds about it and use what they learned to write their own argumentative essays with a specific point of view and evidence to support their positions.