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Navigating Cultural Competence in Grades 6–12

Navigating Cultural Competence in Grades 6–12
A Compass for Teachers

Foreword by Francisco Rios

June 2012 | 176 pages | Corwin
Culturally competent teachers know and understand each of their students. Culturally competent schools are ones where students feel welcomed and engaged. To become culturally competent, teachers and other school professionals must treat every student with fairness. This book for secondary teachers and administrators presents an 8-point model of cultural competence which, if followed, will ensure that all individuals in the school are both respected and protected. The 8 points correspond to the directions on a compass and are as follows:

N: Notice culture and cultural characterstics

NE: Negotiate and evaluate curriculum and content

E: Establish community and context

SE: Seek and engage

S: Spark conversations and climate

SW: Strengthen and weave together complexities and controversies

W: Waken compassion and commitment

NW: Nurture and welcome challenges and changes

Foreword by Francisco Rios
About the Author
1. Explore Cultural Competence
2. Begin Your Transformation
3. N: Notice Culture and Cultural Characteristics
4. NE: Negotiate and Evaluate Curriculum and Content
5. E: Establish Community and Context
6. SE: Seek and Engage in Collaboration and Construction
7. S: Spark Conversation and Climate and SW: Strengthen and Weave Together Complexities and Controversies
8. W: Waken Compassion and Commitment and NW: Nurture and Welcome Challenges and Changes
Resource A. Gallavan Cultural Competence Compass
Resource B. Review Checklist
Resource C. Websites

"Like a compass guiding travelers on their journeys, the Gallavan cultural competence compass supplies teacher candidates, classroom teachers, school administrators, and educational researchers with a well-crafted tool that addresses all players and aspects of education. Each of the eight compass points delves into a segment of teaching and learning that educators must make visible in all of their endeavors."

Porter Lee Troutman, Professor and Co-Founder of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Nancy P. Gallavan

Nancy P. Gallavan, Ph.D., is Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Central Arkansas where she specializes in classroom assessments and cultural competence in the Department of Teaching and Learning MAT Program, which she helped to start in 2006. The UCA MAT Program was recognized as the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education by the Association of Teacher Educators in 2010. Dr. Gallavan also serves as the UCA Academic Liaison to Institutional Diversity. Receiving university and college awards for her teaching, scholarship, and service, Dr. Gallavan has expertise in K-12 education, classroom assessments, curriculum... More About Author

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