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Cultural Competence For Teachers

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Trisha Hong

on 11 January 2014

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Transcript of Cultural Competence For Teachers

Learn about your students
Teach in a way that students can understand
Adapt your teaching to the different ways students learn (multiple intelligences)
Use student-centered stories, vocabulary, and examples
Incorporate aspects of students' lives
Connect students' interests to the curriculum
Work to create and promote diversity in the classroom
Culturally Relevant Curriculum
Cultural Competence For Teachers
Teacher Development

Qualitative Researcher
Understand Students Outside Of The Classroom
Personal Growth
Classroom Management
1. Recognition of One’s Own Cultural Lens and Biases
2. Knowledge of Students cultural Backgrounds
3. Awareness of the Broader, Social, Economic and Political Context
4. Ability and Willingness to Use Culturally Appropriate Management Strategies
5. Commitment to Building Caring Classroom Communities
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. (2008). Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Strategies.
Role Play Time
4 Groups
4 Situations
Many Possible Outcomes
*Rajagopal, K. (2011). Create success: Unlocking the potential of urban students. Alexandria,VA: ASCD.
*Ladson-Billings, G. (1995). But that's just good teaching! The case for culturally relevant pedagogy. Theory into Practice, 34(3), 159-165.
*Teaching Tolerance. (1991). Culturally relevant curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.tolerance.org
What does cultural competence mean to you?
What experiences have you had with culturally competent teachers?
How did those experiences make you feel?
Defining Cultural Competence
Definitions cont.
Knowledge: knowing culture and differences and being aware of stereotypes and biases; scope and depth of knowing

Praxis: application of skills, strategies, and teaching practices that allow teachers to successfully work with students from diverse backgrounds.

Development over time

(Yang & Mongomery, 2011)
Acknowledging student culture and identity
Admitting culture affects experience
Accepting differences means making provisions for them
(Nieto, 2011)
Individual development of congruent beliefs
Systemic provisions for diverse constituents
(Ngo, 2008)
1. Understand the definition of cultural competence and what it means to be a culturally competent teacher.
2. Understand how teachers can use culturally relevant curriculum in their classroom.
3. Understand how teachers can become culturally competent.
4. Understand how teachers can implement culturally competent classroom management.
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