Never received formal training in cultural humility and racial justice? Most of us never have. This self-timed online course will help you move from ignoring and avoiding critical conversations about bias to taking action. Created for school teachers, educators, administrators, homeschooling parents, and more, Britt’s anti-bias training focuses on fostering an unbiased environment for learners of all ages, including preschool, Montessori, elementary, secondary, middle school, and high school. Anti-bias education focuses on creating a learning environment equitable for every facet of human difference—including race, ability, learning styles, culture, family structure, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and age. Learn how to make your classroom more inclusive, unbiased, and inviting to differences.
This introductory course by anti-bias/antiracist (ABAR) teacher-educator and Montessorian, Britt Hawthorne, is designed to help educators take the first steps to develop critical cultural consciousness within their teaching practice and equip them with a common language to assist with navigating discussions around diversity and justice in the classroom.
Participants will leave with an understanding of how children develop racial and ethnic prejudices early in life, how to identify stereotypes, and how to respond to pre-prejudice, along with the tools to combat explicit and implicit biases. Participants will also learn how to create a developmentally appropriate anti-bias environment.
This course consists of 4 hours of pre-recorded videos plus a workbook of activities and reflection to facilitate learning.
Best for educators who work with children aged 3-12.
- Examine your teaching practice to uplift all learners and their many identities
- Identify and respond to pre-prejudice in a developmentally appropriate way
- Support honest conversations about unfairness and racism in your classroom
- Respond to colorblindness
- Teach Indigenous History
- Share the four goals of anti-bias education for children and adults with your community
- Understand the key differences between brave and safe spaces
- Understand the key ages and stages for identity development and the tools to support healthy growth
"This is an excellent, in-depth resource for teachers to become better able to address bias in the classroom. The tone is helpful and caring and a wealth of additional resources - books, websites - are recommended for teachers to further their own self-education."
- Will Branch
'What an excellent ABAR training for Montessori teachers! Britt and all the guest speakers are knowledgeable, passionate, and committed to ABAR education in a way that is both exciting, supportive, encouraging, and empowering. I am recommending this course to all my fellow Montessori teachers of all ages, and am grateful for the experience and the resources."
- Caroline Chow
"It was empowering, you modeled healthy and supportive ways for us to deal with bias and racism personally and with our students and included many resources to help me continue my journey. I will return to this training again and again. Thank you!"
- Kathy Masch
'I recommend taking this course in order to gain a better understanding of the work that can be done to support children, to become more aware and be a part of your own community, and to find the wisdom necessary to create a space where everyone has a positive self-identity. Thank you!'
- Kellie Sheppard
Britt Hawthorne (she/her) is an anti-bias and antiracist facilitator, teacher, speaker, visionary, and activist committed to raising a generation of anti-racist children by centering families of the global majority and fostering equitable learning environments for students and children of all ages and backgrounds. Britt’s work moves the idea of equity in education from a goal to reality. She partners with action-orientated educators to create classroom environments that are inclusive and equitable for all learners.
Compassionate and challenging, Britt's voice continues to be sought-after for training and workshops at schools and universities across the nation. Her work has been recognized by PBS, the National Education Association, Drew Barrymore, Google Edu, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Rice University, the Association Montessori Internationale, and countless more.
She proudly serves her community in several advisory roles, helping organizations develop equity, diversity, and inclusion. Britt is the current PBS Children's Media and Education- Educator and Community Engagement: Anti-racist and Anti-bias Consultant and Advisor. She also serves on the Association Montessori International/USA Human Rights and Social Justice Committee and works with the Sanfoka Learning Center, an African-centered learning ecosystem, in New Haven Connecticut.
Britt has traveled extensively to speak at conferences, authored publications, and appeared on podcasts covering social justice, liberation, and equity in education. And, she keeps the conversation moving forward. Britt is currently authoring a forthcoming book about anti-racist parenting due for release in 2022.