“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.

From Critical Awareness to Transformative Action: How do We Prepare Educators to Become Cultural Brokers for Student Success?

From critical awareness to transformative action: How do we prepare educators to become cultural brokers for student success?


Students, especially those with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, are always learning to negotiate between their personal identity, family culture, and the culture of their classrooms and schools. In this learning process, educators usually play dual roles. As professionals facilitating the reinforcement of school policies and regulations, as well as classroom rules and expectations, educators are integral members of the school culture. Educators in most schools have shared understandings and perceptions that guide common classroom routines and practices at those schools. However, educators who work with students from diverse cultural ...

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