This page has a compilation of resources to accompany MVCC's use of Teachin' It! Breakout Moves that Breakdown Barriers for Students as a defining resource to help address equity issues and barriers to student success at MVCC. The author, Felicia Darling, provides an abundance of resources on her personal website as well.

Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is an unconscious application of our social construction and stereotypes of groups of individuals. Our own implicit biases can have a great impact on our students without any particular intention on our behalf. Many studies of meritocracy, the belief that we should only be judged based on the merits of our work, show that we are not very good at actually applying good judgment of merits without our implicit biases getting the way (https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20190911-meritocracy-forum, https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/oct/19/the-myth-of-meritocracy-who-really-gets-what-they-deserve, https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/07/internalizing-the-myth-of-meritocracy/535035/).

Harvard Project Implicit: Project Implicit has a series of quick assessments for you to test some oof your potential implicit biases. Follow this link, https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/, and follow the "Social Interactions" path.
Here are some more resources to find out more about Implicit Bias in Education:

Growth Mindset

  • I'm not a 'math person.'
  • You can't do that.
  • This is too hard.

We have all heard things like these from our students and the people who work with us. These are all examples of fixed mindsets. In reality, there is nothing innate that makes one person better at math than any other person. These is evidence, however, that our mindset (especially how our mindset is affected by our implicit and explicit biases) CAN affect a students mindset towards math AND their performance! Here are some resources to help us work on changing our mindset and language when dealing with students to help them develop a growth mindset in our classrooms.

Equity Tools

Equity Issue Briefs from the Center for Community College Student Engagement