Critical Practices

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.

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  • Critical engagement with material
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Cooperative and collaborative learning
  • Real-world connections
  • Values-based assessment, evaluation and grading

Classroom Culture

  • 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

Teacher Leadership

  • Self-awareness and cultural competency
  • Speaking up and responding to prejudice, bias and stereotypes
  • Building alliances
  • Leading beyond the classroom
  • Ongoing reflection and learning
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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.

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