Published Online: September 15, 2015

Beyond Bias: Countering Stereotypes in School

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This yearlong series will examine efforts to recognize and overcome discrimination in schools.

LATEST INSTALLMENT:

For Preservice Teachers, Lessons on Cultural Sensitivity

New efforts aim to head off teacher biases by running preservice students through simulations or embedding them in urban neighborhoods. Read the Story

Black, Male Teachers: a Dwindling Demographic

African-American men like Chrissell Rhone make up just 2 percent of U.S. teachers and, for many of them, school can be a lonely place. Read the Story

COMMENTARY

Video: 'You Come Out Because You Can't Not'

High school writing teacher Patty Smith discusses the importance of building an LGBT-inclusive school community. Smith's desire to create a safe space for all students was the result of her personal decision to come out as a lesbian. Watch the Video

INTERACTIVE

Principals Share Advice on Addressing Racial Bias in Schools

In two audio interviews, principals of color talk with Education Week about how they address bias within their schools. Listen to the Interviews

WEBINAR

Leveraging Analytics and Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps

Having trouble closing achievement gaps? Join us for a discussion of how schools can look at ordinary data in new ways to find policies and practices that may be unintentionally undermining students.
View the On-Demand Webinar


SECOND INSTALLMENT:

Schools Seek to Diversify Gifted, Honors Classes

Gifted and honors classes are often wealthy and white, but some districts are tumbling the barriers that keep out low-income students and students of color. Read the Story

Classroom Biases Hinder Students' Learning

Subtle, everyday biases in the nation's classrooms pose major obstacles to academic success for low-income students and students of color. Read the Story

INTERACTIVE

Illustration: Microaggressions in the Classroom

Microaggressions—subtle slights based on stereotypes about a person's race, gender, or socioeconomic status—can be obvious and hurtful to the person receiving them, but unintended and unnoticed by the person saying them. This graphic shows the potential microaggressions in a teacher's everyday comments. View the Illustration

Minneapolis' Anti-Bias Efforts Focus on Black Males

A growing number of districts looking to right racial imbalances by dedicating staff members to work on equity, diversity, and inclusion. In Minneapolis, Michael V. Walker's job has a singular purpose: keeping the school system's black, male students on a positive academic track.
Read the Story

Schools Enlist Parents to Bridge Cultural Barriers

Increasingly, schools are working to bridge the cultural differences to get families engaged more deeply in their children's education, efforts that have been eye-opening for both parents and teachers. Read the Story

COMMENTARY

Video: A Lesson in Humanity From Children's Holocaust Diaries

Alexandra Zapruder, author of the book Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, discusses how children's accounts of the genocide during WWII serve as a powerful reminder of the dehumanizing effects of racism, bias, and prejudice. Watch the Video


FIRST INSTALLMENT:

Schools Deemed 'Discriminatory' Struggle to Erase Disparities

Adams 14 in Colorado is among thousands of districts nationwide that are trying to root out discriminatory practices that can harm students' development. Read the Story

One Year Later, Ferguson Schools Poised for Change

A year after a police shooting set off racially charged riots in Ferguson, Mo., the school system and its new superintendent are looking to correct educational disparities and "give kids a voice" in determining their future. Read the Story

COMMENTARY

Video: Students Speak Up: What Bias Means to Them

Empowering Students in the Wake of Michael Brown's Death

A year after the death of Michael Brown, Inda Schaenen, a teacher in a neighboring district, is changing her curriculum to embolden her classroom. Read the Commentary

Video: Ferguson Superintendent Takes on Inequities

Q&A: Ferguson's New Schools Chief Shares Agenda for Change

Superintendent Joseph Davis lays out his plans for addressing the educational inequities and biases that fed into last year's demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo. Read the Q&A

Test Yourself: A Survey Tool for Gauging Bias

The Implicit Association Test uses a person's reaction times to measure how closely two concepts are linked in a person's mind. Interested in finding out how you would score on one? Try this short online test adapted for Education Week readers. Take the Quiz

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