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The Need for an Anti-Bias Curriculum

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.

Additional Anti-Bias Related Resources

Recent Current Events Classroom Lesson Plans

Listing of Current Event Classroom Lessons

Recent Curriculum Connections

Listing of Curriculum Connections

Addressing Anti-Semitism in the Classroom

Lesson Plans

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: Terrorist Attack in Paris and Scapegoating

Rosalind's Classroom Conversations

A monthly educator resource featuring essays on bullying, current events and the social and emotional development of children. This month's issue is "Stop Tearing Your Hair Out: What To Do When Bullying Inteventions Don't Work."

Rosalind's Classroom Conversations

Books Matter: The Best Kid Lit on Bias, Diversity and Social Justice

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.

Books Matter

Additional Resources

Role Models and Stereotypes: Misty Copeland's Story

Kent G. Becker / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Misty Copeland is a thirty-three year old ballerina who recently became the first African American performer to be appointed as a Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theater (ABT) in its 75 year history. Copeland has talked publicly about the harmful influence of the stereotypes about being a ballerina and also how being the first African American Principal Dancer makes her an important role model for children of color.

Help elementary students learn about Misty Copeland, reflect on her experiences and story and explore how stereotypes and role models influence career aspirations and decisions.

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