Don't Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms

Don't Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms

Don't Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms

Don't Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms


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Every day, 250 children are suspended from school. Many are children of color, deprived of opportunities to experience learning at the same rate and quality as white children. Many families don’t feel heard or respected in their child’s schools.

Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms leads early childhood professionals to explore and address issues of bias, equity, low expectations, and family engagement to ensure culturally responsive experiences. Importantly, this book will challenge you to consider your perceptions and thought processes:

  • Identify your own unconscious biases—we all have them!
  • Recognize and minimize bias in the classroom, school, and community
  • Connect with children and their families
  • Help close the opportunity gap for children from marginalized communities

This book offers strategies, tools, and information to help you create a culturally responsive and equitable learning environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780876598436
Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2020
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 437,629
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Iheoma U. Iruka, PhD, is the chief research officer for HighScope Educational Research Foundation. She is the former director of research and evaluation at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and a former associate director at the Frank PorterGraham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Tonia R. Durden, PhD, is a clinical associate professor of early childhood and elementary education and is a program coordinator at the Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development.

Stephanie M. Curenton, PhD, is a tenured associate professor in the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University. She is director of the Ecology of School Readiness Lab.

Kerry-Ann Escayg, PhD, is an assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Table of Contents

Introduction v

Chapter 1 Early Childhood Education's Roots in Social Justice 1

Chapter 2 White Privilege and Institutional Racism 19

Chapter 3 What If Educators Changed the World? 41

Chapter 4 The Research Support for Culturally Responsive Anti-Bias Education 57

Chapter 5 Lights, Camera, Teach! Key Features of Anti-Bias Education 69

Chapter 6 In a Language of Their Own: An Observational Tool to Capture Young Children's Racial Attitudes 89

Chapter 7 Anti-Bias Social Justice Education: Outside the Classroom 103

References and Recommended Reading 117

Index 137

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