We’re glad you want to read more about the components of Perspectives for a Diverse America, our new K–12, literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum. Here’s a little more about the standards that underpin Perspectives:
Perspectives was developed to reflect the principles of backward planning. Yes, the elements align to the Common Core, but our teaching and learning specialists wanted to go beyond the CCSS and offer anti-bias standards to serve as a starting point—so they wrote their own, with the help of Louise Derman-Sparks’ groundbreaking book Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children. The result was the Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework (ABF).
The ABF is a set of anchor standards and learning outcomes ideal for teachers who embrace both social justice values and backward planning. Divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action—the ABF provides a common language and organizational structure teachers can use to write essential questions that guide curriculum development and drive student learning.
So how do essential questions relate to the ABF? Say you are a middle school teacher and you notice your students are struggling to stand up to bullying behavior. You might decide to base your lesson plan on the grade-level-appropriate outcome for one of the ABF Action standards, e.g., “I will speak up or take action when I see unfairness, even if those around me do not, and I will not let others convince me to go along with injustice.” Then you would craft or select an essential question that challenges students to engage this standard critically and creatively throughout each phase of the lesson. In this case, a strong essential question might be “Do individuals have a responsibility to help or defend people they don’t know?”
Perspectives provides a bank of essential questions aligned to the ABF anchor standards. Select one—or write your own!
The ABF can also be used independently of Perspectives to guide conversations with students and to communicate with professional learning communities about anti-bias teaching goals and practices. Read more about how one teacher integrated the ABF into her practice!
Find additional blogs, articles and professional development resources on Perspectives here.
- Toolkit for Identity. Diversity. Justice. Action.
- The Anti-bias Framework 101
- Identity. Diversity. Justice. Action.
- Teaching Tolerance’s Anti-bias Framework
- Teach with 'Perspectives for a Diverse America'
- Don’t Threaten My Religion
- Toolkit for "Teaching at the Intersections"
- Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education
- New Curriculum from Teaching Tolerance!