11 Ways to Go Back to School with Anti-Bias Education

  • For Educators
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Updated August 2019

Happy back-to-school! This time of year brings fresh beginnings, innovative ideas and new teaching approaches. You may also consider what reading, curriculum and other tools you need to make your classroom respectful, equitable and inclusive. Below are 11 ways to use new resources and review your anti-bias education practices.

  1. Teach about current events using our recent lesson plans such as Conditions in Detention Centers at the U.S. Border, The Stonewall Uprising or What Is Algorithmic Bias. We have many other timely lessons.
  2. Schedule Anti-Bias Workshops and Programs, including training for educators, Peer Training or interactive assembly programs for middle and high school students.
  3. Visit our Early Childhood Question Corner to explore the roots of bias, how to address bullying among young children and ideas to initiate discussions about differences.
  4. Use our Book of the Month discussion guides to explore bias, bullying and social justice through literature. Find other excellent books on Books Matter
  5. Reflect on your classroom environment with our educator resources including "How To Talk about Race in My Mostly White Classroom," "Considerations for Inclusive Holidays and Observances,” “Creating an Anti-Bias Education Environment,” “Moving From Safe Classrooms to Brave Classrooms” and more.   
  6. Learn about our Words to Action program, which helps to empower Jewish students to confront anti-Semitism on college campuses.
  7. Find ways to talk with young people about gun violence, extremism and other acts of hate with Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate.
  8. Listen or watch our webinars and podcasts on bullying, educational equity, children's literature and more. 
  9. Read one of Rosalind Wiseman's essays on bias and bullying such as "Telling an Adult Isn't So Easy" and other Rosalind's Classroom Conversations
  10. Learn about ADL’s education programs and training including A World of Difference Institute, Bullying/Cyberbullying, Words To Action, Holocaust Education and No Place for Hate®.
  11. Share with parents and family members our Table Talk discussion guides to engage families in conversations about current events.