The National Education Association defines cultural competency ashaving an awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of students and their families. It is the ability to understand the within-group differences that make each student unique, while celebrating the between-group variations that make our country a tapestry. This understanding informs and expands teaching practices in the culturally competent educator’s classroom.
Why: Although not usually a focus in teacher preparation programs, issues like privilege and colorism impact students of color. From policies that police black hair to school disciplining that more harshly affects black and brown students, it is imperative that educators understand how they can effectuate change and support their students of color.
Who: This three hour training is designed for all educators at every level. Educators with a racially and ethnically diverse student body are strongly encouraged to participate.
What: The cultural competency training will delve into cultural concepts that affect young women and men of color. Understand concepts of privilege, colorism, implicit bias, and more. Educators will also learn inclusive teaching practices to better support students of color.
When: Learn more about the cultural competency training by Contacting Us.