Professional development in the field of education encompasses an ongoing series of trainings or courses that help educators consistently review, research, and revise skills that teach and engage students more effectively and efficiently. When connected with education and cultural competence, professional development involves a conscientious effort at the individual and institutional level to improve educational outcomes for increasingly diverse student populations. This goal is accomplished by researching and acknowledging the significant and unique role that culture plays in education. Knowledge gained from these professional development practices can lead to improved academic achievement, successful teaching strategies, and positive relationships within the classroom and with families in the school community.


Empirical research and theoretical scholarship demonstrate that cultural competence has become prominent not only in the field of ...

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