Anti-Bias Resources for the Classroom (2023)

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Every student—and teacher!—should think critically about how bias seeps into their thinking. With effort, we have the power to recognize harmful patterns of thinking, challenge them, and right them. Fortunately, there is a growing body of resources available to help. Anti-bias learning can happen in any grade or subject, and often includes extracurricular activities as well.

We've curated several organizations and sites to help you with this important work, along with a library of resources from the Shaped blog that can help you combat bias, no matter what form it takes.

Confronting Bias in the Classroom

Anti-Bias Organizations and Resources

The following companies have plenty of assets to get you started in battling bias not only in the classroom, but also at home and in yourself.

  • Learning for Justice is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center devoted to providing free resources to educators. From lessons and posters to a comprehensive library of student texts and webinars, this site can provide you with both classroom resources and professional development opportunities.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers a variety of anti-bias resourcesfocused on early learning. Check out their events or review their anti-bias resources, especially those created for families.
  • PBS LearningMedia has videos, lesson plans, and resources devoted to teaching about bias across many subjects and grades. Explore the biases hidden in big data and medical research with these resources.
  • We at HMH are also creating our own curriculum grounded in culturally responsive pedagogy, Confronting Racism: Case Studies and Conversations on African American History. Written by Dr. Tyrone C. Howard, Confronting Racism helps teachers and students meaningfully discuss racial divisions that exist in America. Contact us now to request a preview.

Museum Offerings

The Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., offer a vast amount of tools to help educators as well.

  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture has a variety of resources for educators exploring the museum’s initiatives on race and racism. Check out their STEM initiative to learn more about POC who have contributed to the sciences and technology.
  • We Are Not a Stereotype, a free video series from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center for educators in and out of the classroom, breaks down bias against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This series also features our own Heinemann authors Robert Kim and Liz Kleinrock.
  • The National Museum of the American Indian offers free virtual field trips to help students recognize that Native nations and people live all across the country.

Resources from HMH

For more discussions, assets, and strategies, we've organized our resources from Shaped below. Learn more about equity, racial justice, and media literacy and how you can implement these lessons.

Addressing Racism

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    How This District Is Confronting the ‘Brutal Facts’ of Racism

    Superintendent of Providence Public Schools Harrison Peters describes the changes his district is making to ensure equity for all students.

    Brenda Iasevoli
    Shaped Executive Editor

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    What Is Equity in Education?

    Equity may sound similar to equality. But, according to experts, differentiating the two is essential to meet the needs of students in K-12 school districts.

    Jordan Friedman
    Shaped Editor

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    Racial Literacy: A Call to Action for Teachers

    Dr. Tyrone Howard, ICLE senior fellow and professor of education at UCLA, calls on teachers to develop the racial literacy needed to talk about race in their classrooms.

    Dr. Tyrone C. Howard
    Professor, UCLA; Senior Fellow, ICLE; HMH Learning Sciences & Research Advisory Board

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    Racial Justice in Education: How Can We Assess Racial Climate in Schools?

    ICLE Senior Fellow Dr. Tyrone C. Howard provides five key areas for administrators to assess how they are doing when it comes to racial equity in their schools.

    Dr. Tyrone C. Howard
    Professor, UCLA; Senior Fellow, ICLE; HMH Learning Sciences & Research Advisory Board

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    Educational Equity in the Time of COVID-19

    The switch to remote learning for K-12 schools due to the coronavirus outbreak sheds light on equity and access issues for certain students.

    Dr. Tyrone C. Howard
    Professor, UCLA; Senior Fellow, ICLE; HMH Learning Sciences & Research Advisory Board

Culturally Responsive Education

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    Embracing Inclusivity with Culturally Responsive Books for All Students

    Teachers should read or assign culturally responsive books with characters of different cultures, races, religions, genders, and other identities to help them understand themselves and each other.

    Jaleel R. Howard, MEd
    Educator and UCLA Doctoral Student

    Sam Blanchard
    UCLA Doctoral Student and Former Teacher

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    7 Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies and Instructional Practices

    Implement these culturally responsive teaching strategies in the classroom to improve learning outcomes and help students feel included, validated, valued, and safe.

    Dr. Tyrone C. Howard
    Professor, UCLA; Senior Fellow, ICLE; HMH Learning Sciences & Research Advisory Board

LGBTQ+ Support

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    Fostering Safe Spaces: How to Start a GSA in Your High School

    Educators can help students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community have a safe, supporting space by hosting a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club.

    Shaped Staff

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    Help LGBTQ Students Feel Safe and Welcomed in School

    Educators can use these six strategies to make their classrooms, hallways, and schools safe and welcoming for LGBTQ students.

    Jamie Kubiak
    (he/him/his); High School Chemistry Teacher, Park East High School, New York

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    A Look at LGBTQ+ Books and Authors in History

    For Pride Month this year, discover LGBTQ+ authors and books in history from the 19th century through today.

    Susan Steinway
    Archivist, HMH

Media Literacy

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    Podcast: Future Skills for Fact-Checking Online Fakes

    Listen to a podcast on teaching media literacy in the classroom and developing effective media literacy programs in schools, featuring Katy Byron (MediaWise at Poynter) and Erik Palmer (author and former teacher).

    Onalee Smith
    Shaped Contributor

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    Teaching Students How to Spot Manipulated Data

    The media literate person needs to understand how statistics can be manipulated—and that's where statistics literacy comes in.

    Erik Palmer
    Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature

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    4 Tips for Teaching Media Literacy in the Classroom

    How media literate are you? Take our quiz, then try our four tips for teaching media literacy in the classroom.

    Erik Palmer
    Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature

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    Spotting a Fake Post: Teaching About Media Literacy on Social Platforms

    As teachers, we have a responsibility to help students become media literate, including teaching them how to avoid being duped by fake social media posts.

    Erik Palmer
    Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature

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    Teaching Internet Media Literacy in a Digital World

    Explain to students that not every website on the internet is legitimate, and they shouldn't get distracted by hyperlinks and ads.

    Erik Palmer
    Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature

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    Media Literacy Op-Ed: I'm Worried but Hopeful

    Dock, host of Shaping the Future, reflects on the recent podcast episode on media literacy.

    Dr. David Dockterman
    Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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How can teachers eliminate biases in the classroom? ›

It is therefore imperative that educators work to remove such biases from teaching and assessment.
  1. Raise awareness of our own biases. ...
  2. Consider our interactions with others. ...
  3. Plan inclusive learning activities. ...
  4. Design inclusive curricula and courses. ...
  5. Assess coursework and exams with caution.
Aug 11, 2022

What are the four core goals of anti-bias education examples? ›

The 4 Goals of Anti-Bias Education: Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.

What is goal 3 of anti-bias education? ›

Adult Goal 3, Justice: Identify how you have been advantaged or disadvantaged by the isms (ableism, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism) and the stereotypes or prejudices you have absorbed about yourself or others. Adult Goal 4, Activism: Explore your ideas, feelings, and experiences of social justice activism.

What is the goal of anti-bias curriculum is to help children learn to? ›

In an anti-bias classroom, children learn to be proud of themselves and of their families, to respect human differences, to recognize bias, and to speak up for what is right.

What techniques help to eliminate bias? ›

There are ways, however, to try to maintain objectivity and avoid bias with qualitative data analysis:
  • Use multiple people to code the data. ...
  • Have participants review your results. ...
  • Verify with more data sources. ...
  • Check for alternative explanations. ...
  • Review findings with peers.

How can you counter bias in your classroom? ›

Ways to Eliminate Implicit Bias in Your Teaching Instruction
  1. Allow time for students to get to know one another. ...
  2. Exercise the 36 Questions. ...
  3. Avoid Fixed Mindset. ...
  4. Evaluation of all media: We take in a lot of information from the media. ...
  5. Become aware of unconscious bias that you may have and address the bias accordingly.
Aug 18, 2021

What is a key component of anti-bias education? ›

It includes helping children feel and behave respectfully, warmly, and confidently with people who are different from themselves. It includes encouraging children to learn both about how they are different from other children and about how they are similar.

What are the 12 areas of anti-bias? ›

Diversity goes beyond multiculturalism and looks at 12 areas where people may have biases: age, race, gender, class, ability, appearance, culture, family composition, belief, sexuality, language and lifestyle.

What are examples of bias in education? ›

Education Bias Examples

A teacher reporting a Muslim student for fighting in class, but not the white student that was also involved in the fight. A school placing students who speak English with accents in lower-level classes without assessing those students' academic skill levels.

What does the anti-bias curriculum encourage people to develop? ›

Anti-bias education encourages educators to examine their own biases and cultural identities so that they may have strong self-awareness and also be aware of negative messages they may inadvertently be sending to students.

What does the anti-bias approach allow teachers? ›

The anti-bias approach allows teachers to foster their own beliefs and attitudes about diversity. The professional approach to working out conflicts with a teaching colleague is to tell the director or supervisor what is wrong. Record keeping may be necessary as part of an accreditation process.

What are the four buckets of critical practices for anti-bias education? ›

Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education is organized into four sections: Instruction, Classroom Culture, Family and Community Engagement, and Teacher Leadership.

What is the importance of an anti-bias approach? ›

Anti-bias education is an approach to early learning that uses value-based principles to encourage respecting and embracing differences while acting against bias and unfairness. The goal is to create an environment of identity development so children can achieve their fullest potential.

What is the learning objective for bias? ›

Learning Objectives

define 'bias' identify types of bias in others and self. examine personal biases and challenge their validity. brainstorm ways to become more aware of biases.

What are the four domains of anti-bias education? ›

The Anti-bias Framework (ABF) is a set of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes divided into four domains—identity, diversity, justice and action (IDJA).

What can be used to avoid bias? ›

Avoiding Bias
  • Use Third Person Point of View. ...
  • Choose Words Carefully When Making Comparisons. ...
  • Be Specific When Writing About People. ...
  • Use People First Language. ...
  • Use Gender Neutral Phrases. ...
  • Use Inclusive or Preferred Personal Pronouns. ...
  • Check for Gender Assumptions.

What is the best way to minimize response bias? ›

5 Tips For Avoiding Response Bias
  1. Make sure that your language is appropriate for your audience. ...
  2. Don't make the mistake of asking two questions at once. ...
  3. Avoid inherent bias in your questions. ...
  4. Do your research and provide enough options. ...
  5. Make sure you target the right audience.

What are four ways to reduce bias? ›

General Principles for Reducing Bias
  • Focus on relevant characteristics. Be mindful to describe only relevant characteristics. ...
  • Acknowledge relevant differences that do exist. ...
  • Be appropriately specific. ...
  • Examples of specificity by topic.

How can we reduce bias in children? ›

- Teach children how to challenge biases about who they are. Give them tools to confront those who act biased against them. - Use accurate and fair images in contrast to stereotypes, and encourage children to talk about the differences.

How do you deal with a biased teacher? ›

How do you deal with a biased teacher/colleague?
  1. Choose an appropriate time to talk with your teacher. ...
  2. Approach them in a calm and collected tone. ...
  3. Be honest when you tell them how you feel.
  4. Stay open-minded to their point of view, even if you disagree.

What are the three bias components? ›

There are three components of bias:
  • The cognitive component includes your thoughts, beliefs and ideas about something or someone.
  • The affective component encompasses your emotional reactions to different types of people.
  • The behavioral component involves how you act toward certain people.

What is bias in assessment tools education? ›

What is Assessment bias? Academic assessment bias refers to assessments that unfairly penalize or impact students based on their personal characteristics, such as race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion and place of origin.

What is negative bias in education? ›

The negativity bias is a cognitive bias that results in adverse events having a more significant impact on our psychological state than positive events. Negativity bias occurs even when adverse events and positive events are of the same magnitude, meaning we feel negative events more intensely. 1.

What are the 7 forms of bias? ›

  • Seven Forms of Bias.
  • Invisibility:
  • Stereotyping:
  • Imbalance and Selectivity:
  • Unreality:
  • Fragmentation and Isolation:
  • Linguistic Bias:
  • Cosmetic Bias:

What are your top 5 biases? ›

5 Biases That Impact Decision-Making
  • Similarity Bias. Similarity bias means that we often prefer things that are like us over things that are different than us. ...
  • Expedience Bias. ...
  • Experience Bias. ...
  • Distance Bias. ...
  • Safety Bias.
Feb 25, 2021

What is an example of teacher bias in the classroom? ›

Instructors may assume that students from certain backgrounds or social groups have differing intellectual abilities and/or ambitions. For example, an instructor might assume that a student from a certain background will be satisfied with lower achievement levels.

What is 1 example of bias? ›

It is a lack of objectivity when looking at something. The bias can be both intentional and unintentional. For example, a person may like one shirt more than two others when given a choice because the shirt they picked is also their favorite color.

What are the 3 examples of bias? ›

Three types of bias can be distinguished: information bias, selection bias, and confounding.

How can teachers overcome bias and stereotypes in the classroom? ›

4 Ways to Prevent Stereotyping in Your Classroom
  • Have Honest Conversations About Stereotype Threat. Honesty and openness are the keystones of change. ...
  • Create an Inclusive Environment. ...
  • Expose Students to a Range of Perspectives and Teaching Materials. ...
  • Foster a Growth Mindset in the Classroom. ...
  • Summary.

In what way can a teacher avoid bias in the students assessment? ›

One of the best ways to guard against confirmation bias is to grade “blind,” or to block the names of the students you are grading until after you've assessed their work.

What are 3 ways you can challenge your biases? ›

Some Of The Things I Do To Challenge My Own Biases:
  • Watch my unconscious biases and ask others for feedback.
  • Purposefully look for diverse people.
  • Apply conviction and true awareness.
  • Try to remain curious, open and flexible about who may turn up next.
  • Grow in my understanding of others to become more empathetic.


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