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A Culturally Proficient Response to LGBT Communities

A Culturally Proficient Response to LGBT Communities
A Guide for Educators

Foreword by Timothy Kaltenecker

June 2013 | 184 pages | Corwin
High impact strategies to improve student outcomes

Positive systemic change begins when school leaders elevate understanding and propel schools toward safe and diverse-friendly environments. To combat anti-gay discrimination, educators often use silence, policy, legislation and compliance. This brave book maintains that building safe and welcoming schools begins not only with effective and appropriate policy but also with inside-out analysis of one's own beliefs and values. Resulting cultural proficiencies boost empathy and improve learning environments. On this simple premise, readers will find:

- Inside-out growth through personal stories and case-studies

- Reflection through activities appropriate for individuals and teams

- Insight through current responses to bullying

Foreword by Timothy Kaltenecker
About the Authors
I. Introduction--Background, Challenges, and Opportunity
1. Setting the Context
Getting Centered

Going Deeper

2. The Tools of Cultural Proficiency
Getting Centered

Going Deeper

3. Equality and Equity Are Both Important, Just Not the Same
Getting Centered

Going Deeper

4. Understanding Our History Helps Shape Our Future
Getting Centered

Going Deeper

II. Westfield Unified School District
5. Creating Safe Space: Moving From Compliance to Advocacy
6. Assessing Cultural Knowledge
Getting Centered

Valuing Diversity

Westfield Unified School District Case Story

Going Deeper

7. Valuing Diversity
Getting Centered

Valuing Diversity

Westfield Unified School District Case Story

Going Deeper

8. Managing the Dynamics of Difference
Getting Centered

Managing the Dynamics of Difference

Westfield Unified School District Case Story

Going Deeper

9. Adapting to Diversity
Getting Centered

Adapting to Diversity

Westfield Unified School District Case Story

Going Deeper

10. Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge--You, Your School, and Your Community
Getting Centered

Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge

Professional Learning for General Educators

Going Deeper

III. Next Steps
11. Moving From Bystander to Ally
Why We Do This Work
Resource A1 – Book Study Guide

Resource A2 – The Apps of Cultural Proficiency

Resource B – Quick Glossary

Resource C1 – Sexual Orientation Questionnaire

Resource C2 – Unpacking the Knapsack of Sexual Orientation Privilege

Resource D – Community Resources

Resource E - Cultural Proficiency Books’ Essential Questions

Cultural Proficiency Books Matrix

"A Culturally Proficient Response to LGBT Communities is one of the most authentic books I have ever read on how to be more inclusive and equitable to the LGBT school community. The reflection, dialogue, and going deeper sections provide educators with the opportunity to do the inside-outside work necessary to be a culturally proficient educator inclusive of LGBT colleagues, students, and parents/community members.  This book contains numerous practical applications written in the context of the cultural proficiency framework, guiding principles, tools, and continuum that make it immediately applicable and user friendly for schools."

Tracey DuEst, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Cincinnati, OH

"With the goal of genuine inclusion and equity for the LGBTQ community, this is a timely and superbly written book for educational leaders striving to support personal transformation and social change in their schools and beyond."

Chris Brown, Assistant Professor
Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada

"Culturally proficient persons are urgently needed who will take the initiative to change prejudicial beliefs and educational practices, biased interactions, discrimination, or bullying directed toward anyone in the LGBT or broader community.  This text enhances the critical reflection, will, and skills needed to help make cultural democracy a reality for all."

John Robert Browne II, Education Consultant
San Diego, CA

"Cultural competence as a construct requires a commitment to address more than race, ethnicity, gender, disability and socioeconomics. LGBTQ students are often bullied or excluded, are statistically over-represented among teen suicides, and have lower graduation rates overall. Because of fear, shame, and peer pressure, they often suffer in silence.  The needs of these students are often overlooked because educators are unaware, uncomfortable, or poorly informed.  The culturally competent school is proactive in its awareness of the needs of these students, its willingness to intervene, and its skills in working with LGBTQ issues."

Nicelma King, Youth and Family Development Specialist
University of California, Davis

"LGBT students want to be respected and understood as individuals; not just as a member of a demographic group or other impersonal category. Our schools and districts should be a safe, healthy, secure and inclusive environment for all employees and students. We need to ensure that there is a teacher in every classroom who cares that ALL students are treated with respect."

Jeff Chancer, Superintendent
Oxnard School District, CA

"This book provides essential tools for educators who want to make schools safe and welcoming for all students.  Utilizing the conceptual framework of Cultural Proficiency, the authors expertly discuss a case analysis and practical example of one school district delving into providing equity and inclusion for their LGBT community.  Throughout the book there are discussion sections and personal reflection opportunities to engage educators in dialogue about school responses to LGBT students - including bullying, adult perceptions, engaging bystanders, and providing resources.  The glossary of terms that relate to LGBT communities is also exceptionally helpful in framing conversations and creating an understanding of this important topic for educators.  I could not put this book down; in my nearly 25 years of education I have not come across a resource that handles the needs of LGBT students as sensitively and supportively as these authors have using the tools of Cultural Proficiency."

Gunn Marie Hansen, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Orange Unified School District, CA

"The authors of this text apply their proven expertise of the deeply relational notions of Cultural Proficiency to the needs of school children marginalized by homophobia and heterosexism. Discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity are only rarely and controversially included in educational discourse, even while students such as Zac—quoted in the book’s introduction—notes that, 'I did not feel safe in my own school, a place where I am supposed to be able to be myself and learn who I am.' In this text, the authors make it absolutely clear that school is the place for addressing issues of equity and for advancing a more generous and accepting society. Most of us have seen messages from the It Gets Better campaign, a project designed to bring attention and commitment to providing hope for lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and other bullied human beings. In this inspiring text the authors show how it gets better.  And just as importantly, they explain why it must get better—because, according to Zac, the bigotry and intolerance 'hurt me and it hurts everyone.'"

Sheri Leafgren, Associate Professor
Miami University, OH

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Context


Randall B. Lindsey

Randall B. Lindsey is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has served as a teacher, an administrator, executive director of a non-profit corporation, as Interim Dean at California Lutheran University, as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Pepperdine University, and as Chair of the Education Department at the University of Redlands. All of Randy’s experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. His Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, his Master of Arts in Teaching is in History Education... More About Author

Richard M. Diaz

Richard M. Diaz Ms.Ed., is director of the Riordan Leadership Institute a program of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce. Richard helps train business professionals become board members of nonprofit agencies in the Greater Los Angeles area. Through his work Richard has assisted many nonprofits to bring in new and diverse leadership to their organizations. Richard also consults with local nonprofits and their boards. He assists boards to review their mission and vision. Richard began his career as an elementary and middle school teacher and later supervised student teachers for Immaculate Heart College. He is a world traveler and... More About Author

Kikanza Nuri-Robins

Kikanza Nuri-Robins helps people to close the gap between what they say they are and what they actually do.  Whether she is in a corporate boardroom, the fireside room of a retreat center, or a convention center auditorium, Kikanza uses her skills and insights to help people and organizations that are in transition – or ought to be.  She shares her observations and recommendations with clarity and candor, while gently encouraging them to face the difficult situations that challenge their skill sets and their values.  She leads people to this growing edge with unswerving focus, an understanding heart, and laughter that... More About Author

Raymond Dewey Terrell

Raymond Terrell, EdD. retired as Associate Dean for Research and Diversity and member of he department of Educational Leadership at Miami University, Oxford< Ohio. He previously worked at California State University, Los Angeles where he served as Professor of Educational Administration and for five years he was the Dean of the School of Eduction. His journey in education began in a public school district where he taught English to junior and senior high students;. He also was a principal and an assistant superintend in the same district. Dr. Terrell is co-author on a number of books including , Cultural Proficiency: and a A Manual for... More About Author

Delores B. Lindsey

Dr. Delores B. Lindsey retired as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at California State University San Marcos; however, she has not retired from the education profession. Her primary focus is developing culturally proficient leaders. She helps educational leaders examine their organizations’ policies and practices, and their individual beliefs and values about cross-cultural communication. Her message to her audiences focuses on viewing, creating, and managing socially just educational practices, culturally proficient leadership practice, and diversity as an asset to be nurtured. Her favorite reflective question is: Are we who... More About Author

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