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 Home – National Museum of the American Indian
A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Booklet from a Native American Perspective – Oklahoma City Public Schools Native American Student Services
Thanksgiving: Practicing Gratitude and Honoring the Real Story – Bret Turner, PBS Parents
Understanding Anti-Bias Education: Bringing the Four Core Goals to Every Facet of Your Curriculum – NAEYC
Equity Resources: Living the Statement – NAEYC
Decolonizing Thanksgiving: A Toolkit for Combatting Racism in Schools – Lindsey Passenger Wieck, Age of Awareness
An Authentic Look at Thanksgiving – Edwin Schupman, PBS Education
How teachers are debunking some of the myths of Thanksgiving – Kavitha Cardoza, Education Week
Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way – Amanda Morris, Teaching Tolerance
8 Ways to Decolonize and Honor Native Peoples on Thanksgiving – Cultural Survival
Lesson Plans, Books, and Videos to Help You Teach About Thanksgiving – We 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!