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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 resources focused 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
  • 4 Ways Educators Can Address Race with Students

    4 Ways Educators Can Address Race with Students

    Dr. Tyrone Howard shares insights for educators on leading difficult race-related discussions in the classroom.

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

  • What Is Equity in Education?

    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

  • Racial Literacy: A Call to Action for Teachers

    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

  • Educational Equity in the Time of COVID-19

    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
  • Embracing Inclusivity with Culturally Responsive Books for All Students

    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

  • 7 Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies and Instructional Practices

    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

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