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Anti-Bias/Anti Racist Education

Classroom Goals

These early childhood goals and learning outcomes are divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action. Educators can use these standards to guide decision making, curriculum development, and daily choices to make learning environments more just, equitable and safe.

Goal 1: Identity

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

  • I know and like who I am and can talk about my family and myself and name some of my
    group identities.
  • I can talk about interesting and healthy ways that some people who share my group
    identities live their lives.
  • I know that all my group identities are part of me—but that I am always all me.
  • I can feel good about myself without being mean or making other people feel bad.
  • I see that the way my family and I do things is both the same as and different from how
    other people do things, and I am interested in both.

Teachers will nurture each child’s construction of knowledgeable and confident personal and
social identities.

Goal 2: Diversity

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

  • I like being around people who are like me and different from me, and I can be
    friendly to everyone.
  • I can describe some ways that I am similar to and different from people who share
    my identities and those who have other identities.
  • I want to know about other people and how our lives and experiences are the same
    and different.
  • I know everyone has feelings, and I want to get along with people who are similar to
    and different from me.
  • I find it interesting that groups of people believe different things and live their daily
    lives in different ways.

Teachers will promote each child’s comfortable, empathic interactions with people from diverse backgrounds.

Goal 3: Justice

Children will increasingly recognize unfairness (injustice), have language to describe
unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.

  • I like being around people who are like me and different from me, and I can be
    friendly to everyone.
  • I know when people are treated unfairly.
  • I know some true stories about how people have been treated badly because of their
    group identities, and I don’t like it.
  • I know that life is easier for some people and harder for others and the reasons for that
    are not always fair.
  • I know about people who help stop unfairness and work to make life better for many

Teachers will foster each child’s capacity to critically identify bias and will nurture each child’s empathy for the hurt bias causes.

Goal 4: Action

Children will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against
prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.

  • I care about those who are treated unfairly.
  • I can and will do something when I see unfairness – this includes telling an adult.
  • I will say something or tell an adult if someone is being hurtful, and will do my part to be
    kind, even if I don’t like something they say or do.
  • I will speak up or do something if people are being unfair.
  • I will join with classmates to make our classroom fair for everyone.

Teachers will cultivate each child’s ability and confidence to stand up for oneself and for
others in the face of bias.