Strategies for K-12 Educators
Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education offers practical strategies for accomplishing academic and social-emotional goals side by side. This framework also provides valuable advice for implementing culturally responsive pedagogy and describes how teachers can bring anti-bias values to life.
The critical practices in this framework are based on the values exemplified in the Social Justice Standards.
The framework 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.
- Critical engagement with material
- Differentiated Instruction
- Cooperative and collaborative learning
- Real-world connections
- Values-based assessment, evaluation and grading
- Honoring student experience
- Thoughtful classroom setup and structure
- Shared inquiry and dialogue
- Social and emotional safety
- Values-based behavior management
Family and Community Engagement
- Culturally sensitive communication
- Inclusion of family and community wisdom
- Increased connections among families
- Use of local resources
- Engagement with community issues and problems
- Self-awareness and cultural competency
- Speaking up and responding to prejudice, bias and stereotypes
- Building alliances
- Leading beyond the classroom
- Ongoing reflection and learning
Critical Practices PD Modules
Dive deeper into Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education with self-paced modules on instruction, classroom culture, family and community engagement, and teacher leadership.