Navigating Cultural Competence in Grades 6–12: A Compass for Teachers

“This well crafted, highly informative, and easy-to-read book is a must for teachers who are trying to find constructive and nonthreatening ways to engage with ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity. The author's approach to the topic is encouraging and enlightening.”

—Geneva Gay, Professor of Education University of Washington

“Gallavan effectively guides teachers through learning each child's story, providing meaningful connections, and collectively sharing the responsibility for all students' learning.”

—Linda D. Jungwirth, President, Convening Conversations, Inc. Pepperdine University, CA

Chart your course with the Gallavan cultural competence compass

All children have one important thing in common—the need to be treated with dignity, respect, and care. Navigating Cultural Competence in Grades 6–12 shows teachers and administrators how to ensure that the cultures of all peoples are considered and valued. The author provides an eight-point cultural compass to guide you in crafting a respectful and inclusive curriculum. Each chapter includes frequently asked questions, specific strategies, and activities that help you:

Broaden your knowledge about cultural diversity; Become comfortable discussing culture; Increase confidence in your teaching; Create a welcoming school environment.

It is vital for you to infuse cultural competence into your instruction, build bridges between students in the classroom, and strive to connect students' home and school lives. This book provides valuable tools for ensuring that all students feel accepted and engaged.

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