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Four Goals of Anti-Bias Education
June 7, 2022
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
-Carl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss Psychiatrist

In their film, Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years, Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo, along with filmmaker Filiz Efe McKinney, share vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. In doing so, they explore and highlight the four goals of anti-bias education outlined by Derman-Sparks, Edwards, & Goins (2020) in ways that support viewers with many practical springboards for conversation and reflection.

Goal 1: Identity: Demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.

Goal 2: Diversity: Express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections.

Goal 3: Justice: Recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.

Goal 4: Action: Demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discrimination.

In the film, teacher Veronica Reynoso reflects, "Having an anti-bias education just creates empathetic human beings who can care for one another and take care of each other instead of just being isolated."

This free 48-minute film is available in English, with closed captions in Chinese, English, and Spanish. An extensive digital guide, available in English and now in Spanish, provides suggestions and resources to support using the specific vignettes in the film as tools for in-service and pre-service professional development, and to guide individual viewing for reflective practice. A print copy of the guide in English is available from Exchange Press.

You Can’t Celebrate That!
Navigating the Deep Waters of Social Justice Teaching

Find inspiration in this compelling story of an educator's social justice journey as she partners with families to explore racial identity, religious celebrations, and racism in response to a biased comment by one child to another in her diverse preschool class.

You Can't Celebrate That! is part of the Reimagining Our Work (ROW) collection. Use the ROW collection to discover how early childhood educators in the field are reimagining their work and thinking alongside children.



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