Anti-bias education is not just doing occasional activities about diversity and fairness topics (although that may be how new anti-bias educators begin). To be effective, anti-bias education works as an underpinning perspective, which permeates everything that happens in an early childhood program—including your interactions with children, families and coworkers—and shapes how you put curriculum together each day.

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards – NAEYC

Here are some resources to help educators and families approach Thanksgiving from an inclusive and socially responsive lens. These will help people who are wanting to teach about Native peoples and Thanksgiving itself in a more accurate way that is still developmentally appropriate. Some of these resources are aimed at K-12 aged children but we encourage you to use their ideas to spark conversations amongst staff.

Each resource is linked and then the source is linked separately afterwards so you can find out more information not just specific to Thanksgiving. Please share these resources with your colleagues and invite them to reflect and discuss further ways to weave anti-bias education in their daily practice.

Five Ideas to Change Teaching about Thanksgiving, in Classrooms and at HomeNational Museum of the American Indian

A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Booklet from a Native American PerspectiveOklahoma City Public Schools Native American Student Services

Holidays and Anti-bias Education by Julie Bisson and Louise Derman-SparksChild Care Exchange

Thanksgiving: Practicing Gratitude and Honoring the Real StoryBret Turner, PBS Parents

Understanding Anti-Bias Education: Bringing the Four Core Goals to Every Facet of Your CurriculumNAEYC

Equity Resources: Living the StatementNAEYC

Decolonizing Thanksgiving: A Toolkit for Combatting Racism in SchoolsLindsey Passenger Wieck, Age of Awareness

An Authentic Look at ThanksgivingEdwin Schupman, PBS Education

How teachers are debunking some of the myths of ThanksgivingKavitha Cardoza, Education Week

Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible WayAmanda Morris, Teaching Tolerance

8 Ways to Decolonize and Honor Native Peoples on ThanksgivingCultural Survival

7 Thanksgiving books for kids written from the Native perspectiveLiz Gumbinner

The Best Thanksgiving Books for the ClassroomWe Are Teachers

Lesson Plans, Books, and Videos to Help You Teach About ThanksgivingWe Are Teachers

If you find any other resources you wish to share with us please comment below so we can add them to the list!

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