AMAZEworks Theory and Framework

ANTI-BIAS EDUCATION THEORY

  • Empathy and Belonging
  • Healthy Individual and Group Identities
  • Respect Across and Appreciation for Differences
  • Understanding, Naming, and Rejecting Bias/Prejudice/Stereotypes
  • Resiliency and Skills Needed to Resist Internalizing Bias and Stand Up to Injustice

(based on the work of Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards)

 

Anti-Bias Education for Children

“Anti-bias education is a critical approach to teaching and learning that recognizes that change is needed. Anti-bias educators actively challenge prejudices and injustices. They engage in critical thinking and problem solving, supporting all children in developing a fuller understanding of themselves and their place in the world. Anti-bias teaching helps children strengthen their identities as capable and empowered human beings. Through anti-bias education, children identify issues and inequities in their lives, ask questions, consider multiple perspectives and thinking about their lives critically, growing to actively resist prejudice and discrimination. Anti-bias education acknowledges that while education is a human right, in today’s classrooms, schools, and society, biases are shaping the experiences and very futures of children.” (Derman-Sparks, Louise, et al. Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change. Teachers College Press, 2015.)

 

Anti-Bias Education for Adults

AMAZEworks strives to help organizations identify and understand their culture in a way that provides for individual and organizational growth. Individuals who feel their identities are marginalized are not able to engage fully. In order to create a safe and equitable working environment, we must address societal inequities. We can do this by purposefully engaging all staff in the process of initiating important anti-bias education conversations about identity, differences, bias/prejudice/stereotypes, and what we can do to take action against injustices.

Our focus on belonging and equity enables us to help leaders take an honest look at what divides us and prevents us from creating the inclusive climate we want. AMAZEworks uses the latest research on how humans take in bias, preventing and interrupting the internalization of stereotypes and prejudice, neuroscience and full body learning, best practices in adult education, stereotype threat, and social identity development.

 

BULLYING, TEASING, EXCLUSION INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION

  • Respect
  • Relationships
  • Resiliency
  • Responsiveness

(based on the research from the Youth Voice Project)

 

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING

  • Self Awareness
  • Social Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

(based on CASEL’s SEL competencies)

 

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