Reflective Teaching


Self-reflection is crucial to both teaching and learning. These self-directed activities and readings will help you explore, refine and improve your classroom methods.

Teaching Tolerance’s Anti-bias Framework

The Anti-bias Framework (ABF) is a set of 20 anchor standards and 80 grade-level outcomes organized into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action—that reflect the desired impact of successful anti-bias and multicultural education on student personal and social development. The standards provide a common language and organizational structure: Teachers can use them to guide curriculum development, and administrators can use them to make schools more just, equitable and safe. 

Anti-bias Framework: Unpacking Diversity

This professional development addresses diversity.

The Anti-Bias Framework: Understanding Justice

This professional development addresses the Justice domain.

The Anti-Bias Framework: Unpacking Action

This professional development addresses the Action domain.

Fulfilling the American Promise: Classroom Identities

This is the first in a series of self-paced presentations for individuals, easily modified for a group.

Ten Steps to Implementing a Teacher Team Initiative at Your School

Use professional learning teams in which small groups of teachers meet regularly during the school day to focus on student needs and solutions.

Exploring Assimilation in American Promise

This is the second in a series of four self-paced presentations for individuals, easily modified for a group.

Fulfilling the American Promise: Rethinking Achievement

This is the third in a series of four self-paced presentations, easily modified for groups.

Fulfilling the American Promise: The Education System, Outside and Within

This is the last in a series of four self-paced presentations, easily modified for groups.

The Anti-Bias Framework: Unpacking Identity

This professional development addresses identity.

Reflection Activity: Identity

Individual reflection activity exploring identity.

Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day

Below we've prepared a list of recommended "Do's" and "Don'ts" to consider when observing the life and legacy of Dr. King with students.

Culture in the Classroom

Educators today hear a lot about gaps in education – achievement gaps, funding gaps, school-readiness gaps. Still, there's another gap that often goes unexamined: the cultural gap between students and teachers.

Being Culturally Responsive

We are all born, raised and enveloped in culture, and it is central to learning. It informs how we communicate with each other, the way we receive information and helps shape the thinking process of groups and individuals.

How Stereotypes Undermine Test Scores

Subtle changes in test environments can improve standardized test scores among students of color and girls.

On Racism and White Privilege

Explores issues of race and white privilege

Controversial Subjects in the Classroom

Invariably, issues are raised in classrooms that bring charged responses from students. How can educators set the stage for safe, respectful dialogue and learning?

Juliette Hampton Morgan: A Lesson for Teachers

Participants learn the importance of being an ally through the story of Juliette Hampton Morgan, a white woman who lived in Montgomery, Alabama, during segregation.

What's a Teacher to Do?

Here are five things you can do to make your classroom respectful and culturally sensitive.

White Anti-Racism: Living the Legacy

What does "white anti-racist" mean? How can guilt get in the way? And what's all this talk about being "colorblind"? Teaching Tolerance asked community activists to share their thoughts on these questions, and others. Their answers shine light on the concepts of comfort, power, privilege and identity.

Teacher Perception Tool

Background, life experiences, personal biases and cultural stereotypes can influence how we perceive others. The Teacher Perception Tool encourages teachers to examine their own perceptions.