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Cultural Competency

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Culturally responsive teachers facilitate and support learning for all students regardless of their diversities. This course deepens candidates' understanding of teaching and learning through examination of the diverse make-up of today’s communities, schools, and classrooms. Through personal reflection and identification of theoretically sound and culturally responsive pedagogy, this course prepares the candidate to model, mentor, and lead efforts in creating a school climate that effectively addresses the learning needs of all students.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Overview of Cultural Proficiency

    • Examine tools for developing cultural proficiency.
    • Relate the importance of reflection to culturally responsive instruction.
    • Examine the cultural proficiency continuum.
    • Assess personal cultural perspective.

    The Culture of School Environments

    • Relate the importance of learning styles to culturally responsive teaching.
    • Analyze the characteristics of culturally responsive environments.
    • Assess the culture of a school.
    • Analyze how collaboration affects the school culture.
    • Examine the research on poverty and disproportionality as it relates to proficient practices.
    • Identify barriers to cultural proficiency.

    Culturally Proficient Approach to Instruction

    • Summarize the characteristics of a culturally proficient instructor.
    • Examine culturally responsive curriculum and materials.
    • Relate the mandates of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to the need for culturally competent instruction.
    • Examine the importance of using data to guide instruction.

    Strategies to Support Culturally Responsive Instruction

    • Develop a personal professional growth plan for moving toward more culturally competent practices.
    • Research evidence-based strategies to support and develop culturally responsive instruction such as differentiated instruction, proactive behavior management, culturally responsive assessment, cooperative learning, inclusion pratices, and family/community involvement.
    • Improve a lesson plan to provide culturally responsive instruction.

    Leading Change to Foster Understanding of Cultural Proficiency

    • Develop an example plan for a professional development session.
    • Examine the process of change.
    • Analyze the importance of communities of practice for fostering cultural competency.

    Promoting Cultural Proficiency

    • Critique professional development sessions. 
    • Describe personal reflections.
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