“Developing Critical Cultural Competence provides educators with the inspiration, knowledge, and tools to move from theory to action in seeking to eliminate the achievement gap.”
—Bess Scott, Director of Elementary Education Lincoln Public Schools, NE
“As I read this book, it became clear that my long-held belief about the meaning of cultural competence needed a makeover. I am now convinced that my personal definition of diversity should embrace a much deeper appreciation of differences and transformative action.”
—Denise Carlson, Curriculum Consultant Heartland Area Education Agency, Johnston, IA
Cultural competence is key to improved student achievement
The increasingly diverse nature of today's schools and the need to increase the achievement of all students, no matter their background, requires 21st-century teachers to develop critical cultural competence. Looking at data is not enough. We have to know who our students are! This book shows you how to provide professional development that deepens teachers' cultural understanding. Developing Critical Cultural Competence helps educators translate new knowledge into action with activities that focus on the three inseparable insights required for developing teachers' critical cultural competency:
Understanding themselves; Understanding their students; Understanding their students' families and communities.
In addition to the activities are reflection questions, group discussion questions, online extensions for facilitators, and a sample professional development plan. A companion website provides reproducible resource lists and handouts as well as examples that can serve as models for some of the activities.
Chapter 4: How do We Prepare Educators to Understand and Appreciate Student Diversity?
How do We Prepare Educators to Understand and Appreciate Student Diversity?
Reflecting on our assumptions, biases, beliefs, and visions for teaching prepares all educators to have an open mind for learning about and from our students with diverse backgrounds. Even though most educators recognize the importance of learning about the characteristics of diverse learners, very few have developed systematic ways to do so. No doubt, fewer apply what they learn from their interactions with their students to transform their teaching and to promote equity in education. In Chapters 4 and 5, we discuss goals and approaches [Page 80]for developing teachers and administrators' critical cultural competence through their interactions with diverse student populations. In Chapter 4, ...