Incorporating Antibias and Antiracist Practices Into Digital Citizenship Curriculum

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Kerry Gallagher  
Dr. Henry Turner  

With the continued rise of hate groups and filter bubbles on social media, digital citizenship curriculum must evolve and respond. Antiracist and antibias practices need to go beyond the "being nice" mentality and focus on helping students to actively seek out accurate information and stand up to hate.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Equity & inclusion
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: To help educators develop a digital citizenship curriculum that empowers students to address hate.


Participants will walk away with:

Understanding of:
-what constitutes hate speech and what does not.
-the increase of hate speech on social media and how adolescents play a role.
-how hate speech impacts learning for vulnerable populations, such as students of color, immigrants, girls, and LGBTQ+ communities.

Examine innovative and sustainable ways empower educators as Culturally Responsive Leaders in their school community through a new examination of Digital Citizenship skills and actions.

Develop an action plan for addressing hate speech on social media within a school community that includes all stakeholders including educators, students, parents, and community leaders.


I. Rise of Hate Speech on Social Media (10 minutes)
A. Video of increase in hate speech
B. Discussion about causes and consequences

II. Racism vs. Antiracism in Education Technology Leadership (10 minutes)
A. Colorblind Technology Leadership
B. Culturally Responsive Leadership
C. Activity focused on Taking Action

III. Digital Citizenship Skills for Students (20 minutes)
A. Recognizing Hate Speech.
B. "Don't just scroll by." How to respond and turn it around.
C. Supporting peers who are targets of Hate Speech online and in person.

IV. Call to Action - Apply What You've Learned (20 minutes)
A. Participants Choose: Hypothetical Scenario or Scenario from Their Own Community
B. Identify the Hate Speech and Reflect on the Response
C. Who Had the Opportunity to Be an Upstander? What Skills Did that Person Need to Use?
D. How Can I Prepare My Community to do Better Next Time?

Participants are encouraged to develop an action plan for implementing these digital citizenship skills to help students develop upstander skills (Template provided)

Note: Participants are engaged in activities throughout this interactive session. Presenters will also provide samples/resources for each topic presented. Questions / Comment time is embedded throughout so participants will have time to understand the concepts and implement in their practice immediately.

Supporting research

Black Lives Matter & Education - ConnectSafely Webcast featuring Dr. Henry Turner

ConnectSafely's Guide to Combating Hate Speech

ConnectSafely's Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying

ConnectSafely's Guide to Media Literacy

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Kerry Gallagher, St. John's Prep

Kerry Gallagher, JD is Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also the Director of K-12 Education for – internet safety non-profit in Palo Alto, California – a FutureReady Instructional Coach, ASCD Emerging Leader, Adobe Education Leader, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, and EdSurge Columnist. Kerry is a TEDx & keynote speaker, and co-author of several award winning guidebooks for parents and teachers. She was recognized with accolades for her work by the Family Online Safety Institute, MassCUE, SmartBrief, and St. Anselm College. She is on social media @KerryHawk02.

Dr. Henry Turner, Newton North High School

With 15 years of experience as a high school administrator, Dr. Henry Turner is most proud of the collaborative environment and efforts he works to establish to empower students to fight hate and bigotry within their school community. Recognized for his inclusive leadership style and dedication to student advocacy, Dr. Turner was named 2021 K12 Principal of the Year. The award recognized his efforts to implement antiracist learning skills, incorporate culturally responsive instructional practices, and ensure the sustainability of these practices by addressing necessary structural and systematic changes to combat systemic racism. He has a newsletter on social justice leadership

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