What is Cultural Competence?
Cultural competence refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and is comprised of five basic skill areas: (1) Awareness and Acceptance of Difference, (2) Self-Awareness, (3) Dynamics of Difference, (4) Knowledge of the Student's Culture, and (5) Adaptation of Skills. This professional learning experience is a building-level workshop series, that uses the five basic skill areas as a framework for unpacking the content.
Other workshops that fall under the category of cultural competence are:
- Courageous Conversations About Race (4 full-days) - offered once a year at Oakland Schools
- Culturally Responsive Teaching (4 half-days) - offered twice a year at Oakland Schools
- Effective Strategies for Educating African American Males (4 half-days) - offered twice a year at Oakland Schools.
The State of Diversity in American Education