About the Middle School Curriculum
Empowering Students, Challenging Bias is a curriculum for middle school educators who want to promote anti-bias concepts in order to create safe, respectful and equitable classroom and school environments. The curriculum is organized into five instructional units with 30 lessons in total. The lessons encourage students to reflect on their identity, understand and appreciate differences, explore societal issues arising from bias and discrimination, understand how people have historically confronted bias and injustice and take leadership roles in promoting justice and equity in their schools, community and society.
Educators may find it useful to use a specific lesson or lessons from a particular unit to support ongoing curricular content; however, we encourage the consideration of using the units sequentially. By progressing through the units in this manner, students build a strong foundation for analyzing and confronting bias.
The curriculum can also be used in Advisory, Social Studies and Health classes as well as integrated into other subject areas. Advisors for after-school diversity and affinity clubs can use the lessons to help students understand issues and build upon that knowledge to create change in their school and community. An integrated approach to anti-bias education is significantly more powerful than tying it to one subject area.
The curriculum includes a bibliography, glossary and professional resources for educators.
Empowering Students, Challenging Bias is available in conjunction with a training from your local ADL office. This anti-bias training provides a framework for the curriculum's use in the classroom. ADL offers half-day and full-day workshops