Our Anti-Bias framework teaches and prepares students to engage in critical self-reflection, to understand that feeling discomfort is part of the anti-bias journey, and to respect each other’s identities.
The goal of the Anti-Bias Task Force at Curtis School is to promote awareness and acceptance, affirm equity, and take an active stance against bias in our community. We believe that an anti-bias perspective is a proactive approach. We teach children to respect every family’s background, while introducing cultural competency skills to young children in a way that addresses the impact of social stereotypes, bias, and discrimination. We acknowledge that we all have bias and we teach children to recognize and act against it. Our Anti-Bias framework teaches and prepares students to engage in critical self-reflection, to understand that feeling discomfort is part of the anti-bias journey, and to respect each other’s identities.Essential Questions
- How can we provide a learning environment that is free of misinformation and stereotypes and rich in diverse perspectives?
- How can we use real-time personal narratives to facilitate discussions with students and families about differences and bias? How do we partner with families around these conversations?
- How do we provide regular opportunities for a wide range of anti-bias workshop lessons?
- Identity: Students will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities; students will discuss their identities with asset-based language.
- Diversity: Students will express understanding and appreciation with human diversity; will use respectful language for differences; and, will engage in deep, caring connections with all members of their school community.
- Justice: Students will increasingly recognize stereotypes, bias and discrimination, have the language and space to discuss and process it, and understand that they can change inequities.
- Action: Students will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice &/or discriminatory actions.