Cultural Competence Now
56 Exercises to Help Educators Understand and Challenge Bias, Racism, and Privilege
What will it take to create equitable educational opportunities for all students? According to veteran educator Vernita Mayfield, teachers and school leaders need to learn how to recognise culturally embedded narratives about racial hierarchy and dismantle the systems of privilege and the institutions that perpetuate them with knowledge, action and advocacy.
Cultural competence now provides a structure to begin meaningful conversations about race, culture, bias, privilege and power within the time constraints of an ordinary school. The 56 exercises include activities, discussions and readings in which to engage during each of the four quarters of the school year. School leaders will learn how to facilitate learning through the four steps – awaken and assess; apply and act; analyse and align; advocate and lead – as you and your colleagues:
- increase awareness of privilege and bias
- adapt your professional practices to meet the needs of all students
- examine policies and practices that inhibit opportunities for marginalised populations
- align resources to eradicate inequity in your school.
Mayfield offers advice on establishing a safe environment for professional conversations, setting goals for cultural competency, overcoming resistance, reviewing school data and the school’s vision and mission through the lens of race and culture, and strategically managing what can be a transformative yet uncomfortable change process. Cultural competence now responds to the urgent need to build the cultural competency of educators – for the sake of children and in the interest of supporting and retaining all educators.
|Publish date||2020-07-16 00:00:00|
|Key Learning Area||Cross-Curricular|