Cultural Competency Seminar for Educators
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The United States has a culturally diverse population. The relative proportions of the cultural components change in size over time, and new components are frequently added. Once described as a melting pot, some populations strive to retain their cultural heritage. All of these multi-faceted groups will participate in the public school system. An understanding of cultures and an awareness of the effects on individual behaviors is important in promoting effective teaching, and in establishing meaningful communications with students and their parents.

Though building a cadre of accomplished educators reflecting this societal diversity remains a challenge, it is no longer a choice. It is now a prerequisite for educators and educational organizations to be aware of the sensitive issues unique to each culture as it relates to the education of children. Educators must cultivate cultural awareness and develop the communication tools and skills that will allow them to successfully intervene and collaborate with children of diverse cultural background and their family members and avoid having cultural differences act as obstacles to the delivery of optimal services to students and their parents.

Do You Know That:

  • many immigrants may be reluctant to disclose personal information, fearing that by saying something wrong or revealing such information, they might create problems for their families? To ease such fear, educators should first explain why the information is needed.
  • avoidance of eye contact may be a sign of respect? Culture affects how people use their eyes when they speak or listen.
  • because Asian and Muslim children often experience cultural conflict when they are asked to hold hands with members of the opposite sex, they may refrain from participating in an activity?
  • because teachers are often regarded as authority figures, students from many Asian and African countries and their parents are often reluctant to ask questions, share or challenge ideas, or talk about concerns they may have?
  • family loyalty is an important part of the Latino culture and is given priority to the student

A Look Inside Today's Classrooms

Culture can include but is not limited to the following: ethnicity or race, religion, socioeconomic class, geographic region, gender, profession, age or generation, disability, and sexual orientation.

Sadker and Sadker (2002) [1] illustrates the diversity of children in today

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Ethnic Diversity

According to the US Census Bureau, as illustrated in the chart below, most of the growth within the U.S. population through 2020 will come from Hispanics (55 percent), Asians (20 percent) and African Americans (21 percent).  Furthermore, immigration will contribute to this change as the country assimilates more and more people of different ethnicities. Therefore our educators and educational organizations must possess and demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity when dealing with ethnically diverse students and their families.

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Most spoken languages in Washington in 2005

Most spoken languages in Washington in 2005:

  • English is spoken by 83.83% of people over 5 years old in Washington.
  • Languages other than English are spoken by 16.16%.
  • Speakers of languages other than English are divided up as shown in the pie chart.

In light of the diversity illustrated above, it is essential that personnel involved in the education of students receive training in cultural competency. Being conscious of the dynamics inherent when cultures interact enables teachers and administrators in the field of education to adapt their delivery of services to students and their families. Educators who are qualified to address issues relevant to the diversity of students are fundamental to ensuring an effective educational program resulting in maximum student achievement. Cultural awareness allows educators to strengthen students' pride in themselves and their cultural identities, enhance cross-cultural interactions, and prepare students academically and socially to participate successfully in a diverse society. Cultural Competency training for educators will initiate that cultural awareness, increase professional competency, reduce conflicts and increase employee job satisfaction within the educational institutions.

Norbache-Goff, PLLC.'s Cultural Competency Seminar for Educators addresses this need by providing an in- depth and comprehensive training for Educators in Cross-cultural interaction and relationship building. This seminar also provides teachers with information on how to assist students gain the knowledge and develop the attitudes and skills necessary to interact positively in our diverse nation.

Seminar Goals and Objectives

Imparting the subtleties of each of the world

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