Cultural Competency

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Why cultural competency?

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]The group assembled became the Superintendent’s Educational Opportunities Advisory Council (SEOAC), charged to study and deliver recommendations to address the matter.  Ten recommendations were submitted by SEOAC and approved by the CCSD Board of School Trustees.  The Equity and Diversity Education Department is the primary provider of these four recommendations:

Recommendation 3. DEVELOP CULTURAL COMPETENCY: Mandatory professional development on cultural competency will be provided for all new teachers and administrators.

Recommendation 4. EXTEND CULTURAL COMPETENCY: At every school each year, at least one professional development day will be devoted to cultural competency.

Recommendation 5. GAUGE THE BENEFIT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Implement an evaluation procedure to identify the impact of professional development that is intended to promote cultural competency.

Recommendation 6. REFINE WHAT WE MEAN BY CULTURAL COMPETENCY: Articulate standards and expectations of professional responsibility related to cultural competency.

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What is cultural competency?

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]The following is the definition used to refine the meaning of cultural competency:


Cultural competency refers to the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds; developing cultural competency is an ongoing, lifelong pursuit to enhance the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures (Bennett, 2015).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css_animation=””][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”264,263,262,261,265,266,260″ title=”Cultural Competency Training Sessions”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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