Most people's lives are nuanced and complex, resisting a single narrative. When educators can amplify the stories of "limitless potential" they can help break down damaging stereotypes about teachers, communities and students.
When it comes to bias, preschoolers are influenced by nonverbal cues that indicate how adults might feel about one another. Exposure to different kinds of people may help buffer those preconceived notions, especially in homogenous communities.
West Seattle High School is developing a program within the school to help struggling students develop the relationships and skills they need to thrive. The Focus program applied ideas from Big Picture Learning schools.
Making with early elementary students is not only possible, but incredibly rewarding. Alice Baggett describes how the maker mindset has helped her students to own a growth mindset while having fun learning.