Overcoming Bias – Program Breakdown

Course modules:

  1. #EverydayBookCovers: Teens explore and share stories about a time they made an assumption about someone based on information they chose to focus on, that they later realized was wrong.
  2. #EverydayLocalContact: Teens explore and share stories about a specific moment where something they learned challenged their bias about someone who is different than them.
  3. #EverydayGlobalDiversity: Teens explore and share stories find a news article or other piece of media about another country. Students write a script of an imagined conversation between them and someone from another country.
  4. #EverydayAction: Teens commit to taking action by designing a SMARTIE Goal to interrupt bias in themselves or others.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will consider the aspects of a person that they pay attention to when they meet a new person.
  2. Learn the differences between selection bias and confirmation bias.
  3. Learn about the Ladder of Inference and explore the ways they go up the Ladder of Inference.
  4. Consider who they frequently come into contact with in their local communities and who they’ve been taught to trust and fear.
  5. Know how stories help us connect to one another across distance and difference.
  6. Discover how diverse their universe is through an activity.
  7. Learn about implicit biases.
  8. Consider media representation and the media’s influences on their everyday lives.
  9. Examine media bias and the ways that it can influence their perceptions of others.
  10. Learn how to interrupt and confront bias in themselves and others.

Course components:

  1. Mini-lessons
  2. Video content
  3. Learning checks
  4. Audio narration
  5. Youth narration
  6. Story Share assignments
  7. Global repository of stories

This course aligns to:

  • United Nations’ Sustainable ​Development Goals ​ ​ ​
  • Asia Society Global Competencies
  • ​21st Century Skills
  • CASEL’s Social Emotional Learning

Standards Alignment

Investigate the world
Recognize perspectives
Communicate ideas
Take Action
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Creativity and Innovation
Information Literacy
Media Literacy
Technology Literacy
Flexibility and Adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction
Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and Responsibility
Self Awareness
Self Management
Responsible Decision Making
Social Awareness
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5:
Gender Equality
Goal 10:
Reduced Inequalities
Goal 16:
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Goal 17:
Helping governments and stakeholders make the SDGs a reality