Tools and Strategies

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

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For Educators

The back to school time of year can bring a sense of excitement about fresh beginnings and new ideas. This year, we will likely see continued challenges surrounding the pandemic and a combination of in-person and virtual learning. At the same time, students and educators who spent most of last year in virtual learning may have a range of feelings about returning to in person school. Below are 11 ways to bring anti-bias practices into your physical and virtual classroom.

  1. Consider how to use anti-bias teaching tools and strategies including What Do Safe, Respectful and Inclusive Virtual Classrooms Look Like?, Race Talk: Engaging in Conversations about Race and RacismMoving From Safe Classrooms to Brave Classrooms and more.   
  2. Teach about current events using our recent lesson plans such as Identity, Hair and Seeing Myself, The Future of Policing in the U.S. and Should Corporations Speak Out on Voter Suppression Laws and Other Injustices? We have many other timely lessons.
  3. Schedule Anti-Bias Workshops and Programs, including anti-bias training for educators and peer training for students.
  4. Share with parents and family members one of our Table Talk discussion guides about current events. Recent topics include: Honoring Juneteenth, The Dangers of Disinformation and George Floyd, Law Enforcement and Racism, and more.
  5. 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.
  6. Use our Book of the Month discussion guides to explore bias, bullying and social justice through literature. Find other excellent books on Books Matter
  7. Learn about No Place for Hate and register your school for the upcoming school year. 
  8. 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.
  9. Listen or watch our webinars and podcasts on bullying, educational equity, children's literature and more. 
  10. Explore Hate Uncycled, a program that helps the whole college community address bias and hate on campus.  
  11. Learn about ADL’s education programs and training including A World of Difference Institute, Bullying/Cyberbullying, BINAH, Holocaust Education and No Place for Hate®.

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