Anti-Bias/Multicultural Education Study Group
(proposal by Courtney Martin)
A small group of teachers will read the book What If All The Kids Are White to discuss ways of implementing anti-bias/multicultural education. We will look at seven core learning themes for working with children in order to help them develop the language and skills to have meaningful discussions about identity. While this group will look into the benefits of multicultural education for all children, we will specifically look at the develop of white children and how to invite them to discuss about race and identity.
The underlying intent of anti-bias education is to foster the development of children and adults who have the personal strength, critical thinking ability, and activist skills to work with others to build caring, just, diverse communities and societies for all. By looking closely at the principles and strategies of implementing a multicultural/anti-bias classroom teachers will be able to create an environment where children develop the emotional disposition and skills to respectfully learn about diversity.
Teachers will gain new and deeper insights into their identities, ideas, and practices in regards to multicultural education. The aim is to open up new conversations in the classroom that will enhance the likelihood that children will grow up to resist and challenge racism in its many forms.