Cultural Competence for Educators

National Education Association’s Diversity Toolkit addresses facets of diversity such as class and income, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, race and ethnicity, and social justice. Each section presents basic information on main issues in each subtopic, strategies, and links to other resources.

The toolkit’s Cultural Competence for Educators section identifies five skill areas of cultural competence including valuing diversity, increasing awareness of our own and other cultures, anticipating misunderstandings and knowing how to respond, and institutionalizing cultural competency to better serve the entire population. The toolkit also contains over 800 lesson plans, over 100 posts on classroom management, and a link to 60 teaching strategies from Facing History and Ourselves.

Cultural competence is the ability to successfully teach students who come from a culture or cultures other than our own. It entails developing certain personal and interpersonal awareness and sensitivities, understanding certain bodies of cultural knowledge, and mastering a set of skills that, taken together, underlie effective cross-cultural teaching and culturally responsive teaching.

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