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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, ...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

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.

Downloadable Lesson Plans from ...more

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


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!

Beyond Everyone Belongs Here Materials

In the fall of 2017, AUSD initiated a series of workshops on anti-bias incidents. At the first workshop, Dr. Ammar Saheli provided an overview of anti-bias and equity work in school districts. At the second workshop, AUSD staff talked about how AUSD responds to anti-bias incidents on its campuses.  Materials presented at the workshops are available below:


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January 30

Background materials



Tools to Support Family Conversation

American Psychology Association: " Talking to Kids About School Shootings "

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

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: "Talking to ...more

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

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, harassment, or discrimination. Please refer to our  Anti-Bullying Statement and Report Form to submit a complaint.

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. ...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