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Building Cultural Competency Through Conversations

April 2019

In an education system where the racial and ethnic makeup of the student population in urban districts continues to grow more diverse, educators may be overwhelmingly unprepared to address the biases that we bring into our classrooms and schools. This lack of preparedness is critical; studies have proven that the cultural competence and effectiveness of educators impacts students’ overall academic success (King, McIntosh, & Bell-Ellwanger, 2016; NCES, 2016). Even with a growing consensus on the need to support social and emotional learning for students, there is little focus upon addressing educators’ capacities in these areas.

Take a look at how Diversity Talks is measuring the cultural competency of educators through four dimensions: Power, Empathy, Relationships, and Mindset (PERM).