At UnboundEd, equity is at the heart of our core values. Equity requires us to reflect and call out actions of bias, privilege, and racism. The Bias Toolkit helps educators facilitate conversations about the roles that race and bias play in our classrooms and schools. Here’s how to get started:
Download the toolkit’s facilitator overview. The overview offers a quick, historical look at the systematic racism brought to light in Brown v. Board of Education and why the ruling did not cease discriminatory practices in our schools. Each session includes expected outcomes; guidelines for how long facilitation is likely to take; summaries of each session; and additional resources on diversity, equity, privilege and creating bias-free classrooms.
Review all pre-work for each session. The activities help set the tone for the conversations and allow participants to form and record their thoughts before the session. Each session is equipped with suggested group norms, another way to set expectations for the discussions so that a safe environment can be established.
Lead a Community Builder activity. Similar to the pre-work, these community activities energize the group, set up the discussion, and provide context for the overall session. It is important to always debrief after the Community Builder activity to make sure participants understand the topic at hand.
Introduce the session focus. Each session, “Introducing Bias,” “Historical Perspective About Race in America” and “How Does Bias Manifest in Our School?” includes a PowerPoint, materials, and other resources needed for pre-work. These sessions are designed to be modified for your school community.
Share learnings and outline next steps. One of the most critical group norms at the beginning of each session is for participants to take responsibility for their own learning and that takes making a commitment to actively demonstrating what they’ve learned from new ideas put forth in the group. This is a time to be vulnerable and participate in discourse that leads towards a solution that answers questions posed in the case study and work throughout the session. The conversation should always end on a productive note with action items that reinforce the sessions’ learning; which participants can take back into their classrooms and apply immediately.
Take the first step today and download the Bias Toolkit, complete with a facilitator’s overview for your school’s professional development. There are three sessions and each can be adapted to meet your school’s needs.
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