What can I do in my position to change outcomes for kids?
As teachers, we don’t always have a say in decisions that are made in our buildings, the pacing for curriculum, or the content of a professional development day. But, we do have a lot of say about what happens within the walls of our classroom and whether or not ALL of our students feel welcome, safe, and successful. We have the power to address the biases that impact our students throughout the school day and work to resolve the stereotype threats our students face.
Researcher Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann describes stereotype threat as “the fear of being judged on the basis of negative stereotypes, and the fear of doing something that would confirm those stereotypes,” which can lead to reduced academic achievement and can affect students’ social-emotional well being.
Each of us have work to do to address the stereotype threats our students face, whether based on race, gender, learning difference, sexual orientation, or religion. We offer five strategies for doing this work in your classroom.
Here are some suggested resources to support your work in reducing stereotype threat:
And, here’s a list of some of the amazing people doing great work to combat stereotype threats in classrooms and schools:
By Ellen Falk