Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education

As more and more emphasis is placed on improving academic outcomes, it can begin to feel as if there just isn’t enough time for relationship building and social-emotional learning. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

This critical practices guide offers practical strategies for creating a space where academic and social-emotional goals are accomplished side by side. It also provides valuable advice for implementing culturally responsive pedagogy and describes how teachers can bring anti-bias values to life by

  • building and drawing on intergroup awareness, understanding and skills;
  • creating classroom environments that reflect diversity, equity and justice;
  • engaging families and communities in ways that are meaningful and culturally competent;
  • encouraging students to speak out against bias and injustice;
  • including anti-bias curricula as part of larger individual, school and community action;
  • supporting students’ identities and making it safe for them to fully be themselves; and
  • using instructional strategies that support diverse learning styles and allow for deep exploration of anti-bias themes.

Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education is organized into four sections: Instruction, Classroom Culture, Family and Community Engagement, and Teacher Leadership. In each section, you can explore recommended practices, find helpful explanations and learn how each practice connects to anti-bias education. Drill down further for specific strategies you can try in your own classroom.


Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework

The critical practices in this guide are based on the values exemplified in the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. This framework is the first road map for anti-bias education at every grade level and is organized into four domains: Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action. Together, these domains represent a continuum of engagement in anti-bias, multicultural and social justice education.

The framework includes a set of anchor standards, corresponding grade-level outcomes and school-based scenarios to show what anti-bias attitudes and behavior may look like in the classroom. You can see the full Framework in the PDF version of this guide.