Anti-Bias Education – Chiarello Consulting



  • Foundations in Diversity and Equity Work
  • Anti-bias Education in the Early Grades
  • Anti-bias Learning Standards for K-12 Education
  • Anti-bias Practices for the Whole School
  • Prejudice Reduction and Collective Action: Moving from Identity and Diversity to Justice and Action

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  • Anti-bias education must take root during early childhood and continue with a sustained and intentional focus through Grade 12.
  • The impact of anti-bias education is stronger when adults are engaged in reflective practice and anti-bias professional development.
  • Anti-bias education is framed by four domains— identity, diversity, justice and action—and requires work in each area.
  •  The 4 goals of anti-bias education* are that all children…
    1. demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride and positive social identities.
    2. express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections.  
    3. increasingly recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts
    4. demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discrimination.

*Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards, 2010. Anti-Bias Education for Young Children & Ourselves. Washington DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children. p.xiv


integrating anti-bias education across grade levels and subject areas; training teachers in the Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework; connecting the goals of prejudice reduction and multiculturalism with those of collective action and social justice; using literature in anti-bias curriculum

Anti-Bias Education | NAEYC

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, provides practical guidance to confronting and eliminating barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias. Most importantly, the book includes tips for helping staff and children respect each other, themselves and all people. Individual chapters focus on culture and language, racial identity, gender identity, economic class, family structures,different abilities, holidays, and more.

NAEYC has compiled some key information from the book and related resources and self-reflective exercises for teachers as you think about anti-bias in your everyday work as educators.

What Is Anti-Bias Education?

Early childhood educators have deep faith in the principle that all people deserve the opportunities and resources to fulfill their complete humanity. Moreover, we have a unique role in making this principle real, in promoting all children’s chances to thrive and to succeed in school, in work, and in life. A basic principle in early childhood work is that when educators treat children as if they are strong, intelligent, and kind, children are far more likely to behave in strong, intelligent, kind ways. They are more likely to learn and thrive and succeed. Read more from Chapter 1 of Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves.

The Four Core Goals of Anti-Bias Education

Goal 1: Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.

Goal 2: Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections.

Goal 3: Each child will increasingly recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.

Goal 4: Each child will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.

The Vision of Anti-Bias Education

The heart of anti-bias work is a vision of a world in which all children are able to blossom, and each child’s particular abilities and gifts are able to flourish. In this world:

  • All children and families have a sense of belonging and experience affirmation of their identities and cultural ways of being.
  • All children have access to and participate in the education they need to become successful, contributing members of society.
  • The educational process engages all members of the program or school in joyful learning.
  • Children and adults know how to respectfully and easily live, learn, and work together in diverse and inclusive environments.
  • All families have the resources they need to fully nurture their children.
  • All children and families live in safe, peaceful, healthy, comfortable housing and neighborhoods.

This vision of anti-bias education also reflects the basic human rights described in the United Nations (1989) Declaration of the Rights of the Child:

  • The right to survival.
  • The right to develop to the fullest.
  • The right to protection from harmful influences, abuse, and/or exploitation.
  • The right to participate fully in family, cultural, and social life.

In order for children to receive all these rights, their society, their families, and those responsible for their care and education must work to provide everything that each child needs to flourish. A worldwide community of educators shares the vision toward which anti-bias education strives. They adapt its goals and principles to the needs of children and families in their specific contexts.

What We Do Matters

Anti-bias education work in early childhood is shaped by a deep-seated belief in the importance of justice, the dream of each child being able to achieve all he or she is capable of, the knowledge that together human beings can make a difference. Listen to the voices of children who have experienced anti-bias education at school or at home. They give us hope and direction.

Several 3-year-olds (Asian, White, and Latino) are at the art table playing with small mirrors while they paint on paper ovals. As they look at their eyes, Jesse starts crooning to himself: “Oh, pretty eyes, pretty eyes. Lots of different eyes, pretty eyes, pretty eyes. Brown and blue, pointy, round. Pretty eyes, pretty eyes.”

Two preschool girls are playing Indians by whooping and pretending to have tomahawks. Miriam (age 4) stops them by saying, “Stop! That isn’t like real Indians. Mrs. Cowell is Cherokee, and you will hurt her feelings!”

A kindergarten teacher shows the children a magazine picture titled “Brides of America.” All of the women pictured are White. She asks, “What do you think of this picture?” Sophia, whose family is Nicaraguan, responds, “That’s a silly picture. My mom was a bride, and she doesn’t look like that.”

A mother relates the following anecdote: “When I picked Jonah up from kindergarten the other day, he said, ‘Mom, Kevin had tears in his eyes and his face looked sad and he told me that a bigger kid pushed him off the bars at recess. So Zena and I went to go find the boy and ask him why he did it. We couldn’t find him, but then we found him on the field. We’re not allowed to go on the field, but we had to because we had to save Kevin.’ After he told his story, I reflected, ‘Wow. You are a really good friend, Jonah.’ He said, ‘Yeah, when I see something unfair, Mom, I change it.’”

Why do we do anti-bias education work? We do it because we live in a world that is not yet a place where all children have equal opportunity to become all they are. A worldwide community of educators shares the vision toward which anti-bias education strives, adapting its goals and principles to the specific needs of the children and families they work with.

We invite you to be a part of this community, and we hope this book will provide some beginning maps for your journey.

“What Do the ABE Goals Mean to Me?”

Consider the four core anti-bias education goals as they apply to your own daily life and work. How do you assess yourself on each? (You can do this exercise by yourself or with your learning partners.)

  1. (ABE Goal 1) To what degree, or in what ways, do I nurture construction of a knowledgeable, confident self-identity and group identity in myself?
  2. (ABE Goal 2) How do I promote my own comfortable, empathetic interactions with people from diverse backgrounds?
  3. (ABE Goal 3) In what ways do I foster my critical thinking about bias?
  4. (ABE Goal 4) Under what circumstances do I cultivate my ability to stand up for myself and for others in the face of bias?
  5. What are the challenges to achieving these goals in my life?
  6. What might be ways for me to develop each of these goals in my work? in my personal life?​

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Daryl Davis on turning people away from racism
Daryl Davis attends the TDI Awards during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios in New York on April 25.PHOTO: ROB KIM/GETTY


Musician and race relations activist Daryl Davis is offering his tips on how to turn people away from racist ideologies.

The black musician, who has played with everyone from B.B. King to Chuck Berry, is also known for befriending members of the Ku Klux Klanand convincing them to renounce their beliefs. 

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session Monday, Davis said he believes he is directly responsible for convincing between 50 and 60 Klansmen to renounce their extreme beliefs. He also thinks he’s “been the impetus for a couple of hundred” more people leaving.

So how does he do it? It’s all about dialogue, he said.

Davis wrote the following instructional guide, if you will, in response to a question asking how to prevent people from turning to racism:

People make the mistake of forming anti-racist groups that are rendered ineffective from the start because [they] ONLY invite those who share their beliefs to their meetings.

  • Provide a safe neutral meeting place
  • Learn as much as you can about the ideology of a racist or perceived racist in your area
  • Invite that person to meet with your group

VERY IMPORTANT – LISTEN to that person. What is his/her primary concern? Place yourself in their shoes. What would you do to address their concern if it were you?

  • Ask questions, but keep calm in the face of their loud, boisterous posture if that is on display, don’t combat it with the same

While you are actively learning about someone else, realize that you are passively teaching them about yourself. Be honest and respectful to them, regardless of how offensive you may find them. You can let them know your disagreement but not in an offensive manner.

  • Don’t be afraid to invite someone with a different opinion to your table. If everyone in your group agrees with one another and you shun those who don’t agree, how will anything ever change? You are doing nothing more than preaching to the choir.

When two enemies are talking, they are not fighting, they are talking. They may be yelling and screaming and pounding their fist on the table in disagreement to drive home their point, but at least they are talking. It is when the talking ceases, that the ground becomes fertile for violence. So, KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING.

In his own interactions, Davis said he simply wants to ask people, “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?”RELATED STORIES

“I never set out to convert anyone,” the musician wrote. “I just wanted the answer to my question. But over time, through repeated interactions with various KKK members around the country, some of them began questioning their own beliefs as a result of their interactions and conversations with me. Then they began quitting, and I was astounded. Exposure and one-on-one dialogue is the KEY to solving a lot of issues in this country, not just racial ones.”


A statement from NJAAH re: the attacks in New Zealand

The New Jersey Alliance Against Hate was founded on the principle that all peoples are entitled to safety, dignity, justice and respect. We are an alliance of groups frequently targeted for contempt, hate or harm. Its our intention to provide a forum where people of different backgrounds can meet, share, lament, plan when any one of the group has been a target of hate. Our member groups subscribe to the idea and action that If one of the group has been attacked, all members respond in unity in defense of that group, opposing the wrong doing. The group supports and encourages the aspiration that all children be taught within a non-bias education protocol.

In this spirit, the New Jersey Alliance Against Hate, and all our member groups, resoundly condemn the recent attacks on two Mosques in New Zealand, the murder of 50 of its members and the injury to many more. The murderer has been detained and will receive appropriate justice. The country of New Zealand has already changed its gun laws to limit access to the kind of weapons used in the murders. We applaud that courageous and decisive act.

The work of NJAAH and many, many other groups is ongoing, it is necessary, and daunting. Rejecting hate and the organizations fostering hate must go forward, on an on-going basis, on an ever-vigilant basis, on a collaborative basis. While all individual bias- reduction, hate-reduction groups must continue their work defending the members of their particular group, the work of opposing hate and bias is most powerful when all anti-hate groups stand together as well. All supportive groups, when working together are strongest when speaking in a single and loud voice.

It is NJAAH’s mission to bring all peoples together, to reject hate together and, at the same time, work on positive messaging and education in search of the path to reject humankind’s inhumanity to humankind and embrace all peoples equally and with respect. Everyone deserves a life lived in safety and a life lived with dignity.

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Leaving Hate Behind

On March 6, 2019 I drove Ross Wishnick to Rutgers School of Social Work in Camden where he spoke on a panel discussion entitled “Leaving Hate Behind” together with Tyree Ordein, DrPH, Safe Schools Coordinator of Garden State Equality and Ronald W. Pierce, Democracy and Justice Fellow of New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

-Lawrence R. Greenberg, PMP

10 Ways to Fight Hate

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