At The Children’s House, we recognize that we live in a biased and racist society. We promote social change by actively working to dismantle racism and oppression through unique self-transformation and education.
First, we would like to thank all of the authors who have written resources for us to learn from. We also need to thank the people who have taken time to create lists of resources for us to use (specifically, Britt Hawthorne and Tiffany Jewell). We can thank these authors by paying them via donations/joining patreon and purchasing their books.
Racism: The marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people.
Bias: Your personal preference for, or against, an individual or group. It can interfere with your judgement.
Source: This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
Oppression: Discrimination that is omnipresent in our societal structures, like our laws, education, and customs.
Four Goals of Anti-Bias Education:
Developed by Louise Derman Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards
Goal 1: Identity
Teachers will nurture each child’s construction of knowledgeable, confident, individual personal and social identities. Children will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
Goal 2: Diversity
Teachers will promote each child’s comfortable, empathetic interaction with people from diverse backgrounds. Children will express comfort and joy with human diversity, use accurate language for human differences, and form deep, caring connections across all dimensions of human diversity.
Goal 3: Justice
Teachers will foster each child’s capacity to critically identify bias and will nurture each child’s empathy for the hurt bias causes. Children will increasingly recognize unfairness (injustice), have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.
Goal 4: Activism
Teachers will cultivate each child’s ability and confidence to stand up for oneself and for others in the face of bias. Children will demonstrate a sense of empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.
Source: NAEYC Understanding Anti-Bias Education
Additional Things You Can Do:
This website allows you to join and receive resources and content including book lists and workshops from authors.
These resources were compiled by The Children’s House Anti Bias Anti Racism Committee: Jamie Schaub, Brit Tollstam, Michele Shane, Megan Andrews, Steve Maas, Tree Sturman, Marty Miklos, Rebecca Sarin, Emma Kelly, and DiAnn Service.