About Anti-Bias Learning
What does anti-bias education mean and how is it different from anti-racist education?
Anti-bias education creates awareness and conversations around different aspects of human differences while anti-racist education specifically focuses on the race, ethnic heritage, decolonized history, and social justice. While we will address anti-racism within issues Mighty Kind, we will also look at other biases encompassing areas such as sexism, ableism, neurodiversity/learning differences, family structures, socioeconomic differences and more.
There are four core goals of anti-bias education:
- Developing self-awareness and a positive sense of self.
- Finding comfort and enjoyment in diversity- including building an accurate/mindful vocabulary and developing empathy.
- Being able to recognize unfairness/injustice, be able to articulate it, and understand its impact on others.
- Being empowered to speak up or otherwise take action when unfairness or injustice is identified.
What can I expect in between the covers of Mighty Kind as an anti-bias magazine for kids?
1. Issue Theme: Each issue includes feature articles and activities that revolve around an interesting shared human experience such as food, nature, or greetings.
2. Destination: Next we take a deeper look into the traditions and way of life in a specific country, region, or culture. The first issue highlighted Mexico and included maps, facts, recipes, notes from a traveling kid-reporter, a penpal, and more.
3. The Big Idea: We then guide children through a personal growth concept to help them develop a positive sense of self and a strong sense of moral character. Topics allow children to develop introspection through stories and activities like journal prompts. Some big ideas have been diversity, integrity, and sharing.
4. Kindness In Action: Finally, we encourage children to take action through service and volunteer work. Issue 1 included a guide for making DIY greeting cards and included a list of organizations that collect cards on behalf of those in need of some cheer. In this section, we also highlight the good work of kids around the globe showing our readers that you don't have to be big to be mighty.
5. The Grown-Up Section: Here adults who are looking for additional guidance and resources will find essays, expert advice, and other exercises that allow for further anti-bias learning as well as scaffolded conversations. We want parents, teachers, caregivers, and other mentors to feel confident in their journey of anti-bias learning while growing alongside the children engaging with this magazine.
How do you develop your content for Mighty Kind?
Our process has evolved since we first started this magazine and we hope it continues to do so. We aim to be nimble in our research and development process so that as we learn better, we do better!
- We develop a content framework that prioritizes space for diverse own-voice perspectives and stories
- We consult with an ABAR (anti-bias/anti-racist) education expert who help us incorporate higher-level learning practices
- We seek out representative members of each culture we feature to ensure due diligence and respectful representation
- We collaborate with historian scholars to present decolonized, honest historic context
- We team up with professionals like behavioral physiologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, early childhood education specialists, and the like to develop adult resources
- We enlist sensitivity readers to beta read each issue for feedback before going to print
How do I know if my child is ready for anti-bias learning?
It is never too early to start looking at the world around you to start a conversation around "different" not needing to be scary, bad, or otherwise negative. Kids are ready from a young age to start engaging in growing their empathy muscles!
Can this be used as classroom or homeschool curriculum?
Mighty Kind is now in several elementary school and public libraries across the United States and has been used as a social studies, anti-bias, and social-emotional curriculum supplement in both traditional classrooms and homeschool settings alike. It is not sufficient as a stand alone curriculum, but is a wonderful starting point for meaningful discussions and putting learning into practice. We do ask that individual purchases of Mighty Kind be only for personal use in a homeschool setting and only as a read-aloud in a traditional classroom setting. For licensing information permitting use for classrooms, co-ops, pods, and other groups, please email email@example.com.
About the Magazine
Who is Mighty Kind intended for?
Mighty Kind is intended for kids who want to want to change their world. We develop content for kids ages 5-12, but this magazine is absolutely meant to be enjoyed together with parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, and so forth regardless of age! We also specifically include a grown-up section as a resource for parents, caregivers, leaders, educators and others who contribute to the development of children at this stage.
What is the hope of Mighty Kind magazine?
We hope homes and classrooms put Mighty Kind to work exposing kids to incredible cultures, traditions, stories, and people from around the world. We hope the grown-up section of the magazine lends itself to helping facilitate meaningful discussions and exercises. We hope kids lean in to the “Big Idea” topic in each issue and develop a positive sense of self and strong moral character as they focus on personal growth. But mostly, we hope engaging with Mighty Kind is just a small piece of a larger effort to learn, to grow, to speak up, and activate against racism and bias worldwide.
How many issues are in a subscription?
Mighty Kind releases one issue each quarter, so an annual subscription would include four magazines each year.
Is Mighty Kind only available in print?
No! We are available in both print and digital formats.
How durable is Mighty Kind?
Designed with keepsake-durability in mind, Mighty Kind is printed on high-quality material and free of distracting advertisements. This bookshelf-worthy magazine is built to be read and enjoyed now and for years to come.
Submissions + Contributions
Do you accept submissions?
Yes! We are always searching for real stories that capture the fun, funny, challenging, unique and surprising moments of real people. We are committed to a diverse readership and we welcome works by all people, including those from underrepresented groups (people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, and other marginalized peoples). Unfortunately, due to volume constraints, we can’t guarantee that every submission will be published. To see our current call for submission, please go to our Submissions page.
I'm a writer/illustrater/photographer/designer, how can I get involved?
Please check out our Contributor Interest page to fill out a brief form letting us know how you’d like to contribute your talents and how we can get in touch. Whether you're a budding professional or a seasoned one, we'd love to hear from you.
How do I order?
Please place your order through our website for a single issue, subscription, or gift bundle! Physical magazines will be sent right to your door, while you will be sent an email to redeem any digital products. For wholesale/commercial orders, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! We want to sprinkle kindness like confetti all over the world! Currently, we are limited to mailing single issues of Mighty Kind internationally, but we hope to expand those offerings in the future. If you complete checkout ordering an annual subscription with international shipping, your order will be cancelled. International customers will be responsible for all duties and fees for their orders.
Where can I find your policies?