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Anti-Bias Resources

AUSD Anti-Bias Credo

We believe everyone belongs here – no matter your nationality, ethnicity, faith, race, sexual identity, gender identity, or abilities, AUSD’s mission is to include you, respect you, learn with you, and help you feel safe in our schools.

We believe hate speech and action based on bias are wrong and intolerable. Intimidation and violence have no place in our schools, our town, or our nation.

We believe critical thinking, cultural competence, and scientific inquiry are crucial to helping students understand historical context, make complex arguments, find solutions to the world’s problems, and benefit from varied experiences and diverse viewpoints of those who share the planet with us.

We believe social and emotional learning is a powerful key to helping students navigate our increasingly complex, connected, and diverse world.

We ask you to join in our work to...

Name and confront all forms of hate, bigotry, and bullying.

Counter any speech or any action preventing any child or adult from feeling included and safe.

Help our students and staff understand our need to stand up for the rights of all and teach students and staff to stand up against racism and ethnocentrism.

Stand up against anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim actions and speech, as well as speech and actions that are homophobic or anti-LGBTQ.

Protect the rights of immigrants to this country.

Uplift all students in our district, regardless of any differences in ability or whether or not they receive Special Education services.

AUSD Anti-Bullying Statement and Form

All students, families, and staff are encouraged to submit a report if they experience or witness an act of bullying. AUSD's Anti-Bullying Statement and Report Form are available here.

Holocaust Survivor Testimonies

Students in California learn about the Holocaust and other genocides in 10th grade. AUSD high schools often try to bring Holocaust survivors in to speak to students, but it isn't always possible. Families who would like their students to read or listen to the stories of Holocaust survivors can find testimonies on the following websites:





Establishing and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for ALL members of the AUSD community is a collective responsibility shared by staff, students, and parents/guardians. Our efforts to support all students in reaching their highest academic and personal potential begins with safety and inclusivity. AUSD’s stated vision of preparing students to be responsible citizens must include instruction in how to embrace diversity, stand up to bias, and critically evaluate the events taking place in the local, national, and international communities. We have developed this page to provide teachers, staff, parents, and guardians with resources on talking to students about hate, bias, bigotry, and intolerance.

AUSD staff have developed this page to help educators and parent/guardians learn more about teaching and talking to students about bias, bigotry, and bullying. We will be adding to this page as more resources become available, so please check back often!

Anti-Bias Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans provide overviews, objectives, and suggested activities for talking to students in various grade levels about issues of bias and bigotry.

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Additional Anti-Bias Resources

Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bias Framework : Set of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes divided into four domains – identity, diversity, justice, and ...more

A Note on Our Anti-Bias Framework

In April 2010 the AUSD Board of Education adopted teacher-created "Protected Class Literature Lessons" for grades K-5. The lessons were the culmination of several years of work aimed at realizing AUSD’s vision of “inclusive, safe and secure” schools. 

These lessons complemented the Socio-emotional Learning curricula Caring School Community (CSC) and Steps to Respect (STR) and were aligned to the previous English Language Arts (ELA) adoption. 

This fall (2017), as teachers across the district are implementing the district's new ELA instructional materials (Center for the Collaborative Classroom), staff are working to align the newly adopted texts to the literature lessons,  as well as seek out additional recommendations for anti-bias materials. Many of the resources featured above are included in this review, including recommended literature, lesson plans, and anti-bias frameworks. 

Staff are also working to identify points of alignment within the new California History-Social Science Framework (adopted by the State Board of Education in July 2016) to anti-bias education. 

AUSD’s goal is to formalize a K-12 anti-bias framework for the district that will outline the scope of topics and classroom experiences provided to students throughout their schooling.  This framework will also guide the district in providing appropriate professional development experiences for staff to deliver the identified curriculum.


Learn more about AUSD's Antibullying Curriculum history

How is AUSD Addressing Bias-Related Incidents?

AUSD takes the current uptick in bias-related incidents in our community and country very seriously and is taking a number of steps to address them, including:

Professional Development

Talking to Students about Nooses

A number of organizations have web pages that explain the symbolism of the noose and suggest ways of talking to students about noose incidents, including:

Anti-Defamation League: "Noose"

Anti-Defamation League: "Noose Symbols and Their Historical Context"

Anti-Defamation League: "Discussing Hate and Violence with Children"

Teaching Tolerance: "An Outrage"


Talking to Students about Las Vegas

Our hearts are heavy with the news from Las Vegas, and we know students may be struggling to process what happened. Here are a few resources to help you as you talk to your children about this tragedy:

National Education Association: "Mass Shooting in Las Vegas: How to Talk to Students

Orange County Department of Education: "Five Tips to Help Children Cope with a National Tragedy"


Bullying Prevention Strategies

The Anti-Defamation League’s Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention page includes statistics, statutes, and resources for educators, administrators, students, families, and caregivers.

Examples ...more

Recommended Literature for Children

Anti-Defamation League recommended texts on bias, diversity, and social justice . Searchable by keyword and filterable by topic. Each text includes a recommended age range.

Teaching Tolerance Text ...more

Tools to Support Family Conversation

The ADL's Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events provides guides for discussing specific current events with children. Each guide includes a topic summary, questions to start the conversation and dig deeper, ideas for taking action, and additional resources.  Each guide also includes a recommended age range.


LA Times Article: How to talk to your kids about the violence in Charlottesville


Talking to children after racial incidents (Penn Graduate School of Education Newsroom)