The tools of cultural proficiency
You are equipped with specific instruments and elements to assist you while taking the cultural proficiency journey. These tools are designed to effectively engage you in authentic redesign of of personal and organizational practice.
There are barriers that inhibit our achieving cultural proficiency.
- Being resistant to change
- Being unaware of the need to adapt
- Not acknowledging systemic oppression, and
- Benefiting from a sense of privilege and entitlement
The essential elements describe key behaviors of cultural competent schools.
- Assessing culture
- Valuing diversity
- Managing the dynamics of difference
- Adapting to diversity
- Institutionalizing cultural knowledge
There are six parts to the cultural proficiency continuum. These points help us describe the healthy and unhealthy environments in our schools.
- Cultural Destructiveness
- Cultural Incapacity
- Cultural Blindness
- Cultural Precompetence
- Cultural Competence
- Cultural Proficiency
There are six principles that undergird the effort to achieve proficiency.
- Culture is a predominant force in people and school’s lives.
- The dominant culture serves people in varying degrees.
- People have both personal identities and group identities.
- Diversity within cultures is vast and significant.
- Each individual and each group has unique cultural values and needs.
- The best of both worlds enhances the capacity of all.