Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders / Edition 3

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Because change is an ongoing and personal process, this book helps school leaders recognize their own barriers to cultural proficiency and take steps to effectively describe, plan for, and respond to issues that arise in diverse environments.

This powerful third edition of Cultural Proficiency offers fresh approaches, a revised organization of the content, and new activities that enable leaders to engage in effective interactions with students, educators, and the communities they serve. Randall B. Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri Robins, and Raymond D. Terrell meticulously provide information gathered from their experiences working with schools, educational agencies, and organizations across the United States and Canada and show how school leaders can

Gain a personal understanding of what cultural proficiency means in practice

Use collaborative activities to effect change in a school

Lead a learning community toward becoming a culturally proficient organization

With updated and expanded vignettes, this resource provides a unique, field-tested plan for addressing diversity and ensuring that schools are places of learning that value students of all backgrounds.

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Editorial Reviews

Ken Kearney
"A first-rate guide for making the changes in schools that ensure education for each and every student. Provides the concepts, history, theories, strategies, and activities to build cultural proficiency."
Kieran Vaughan

"An asset for any participant in a learning community. However, it is critically important for it to be read and used by principals and other educational leaders in our K-12 schools. The activities and processes are excellent."

Phyllis J. Hart
"Helps us understand why educational equity is everyone’s responsibility. I recommend this book to all educators in the public school system."
Allen A. Mori
"Breaks new ground in the effort to provide contextually appropriate environments for all students. The authors have issued a challenge to the educational community to make quality education available to all students."
Carmella S. Franco
"A sensitive, thoughtful, provocative exploration of perhaps the most significant issue facing today’s urban educator. "
Marlin Foxworth
In Cultural Proficiency, there is clarity about the values and common sense underpinning the need for cultural proficiency, and about how to develop that proficiency in a way that will serve us all.
Carol Bartell
The book is appropriate for educational leaders in almost any setting, since it raises issues that face us all as we seek to move beyond being merely competent to becoming proficient in understanding the complex connections between culture and schooling.
Kirk P. Perucca
Cultural Proficiency, Second Edition asks individuals and organizations to come to a deep understanding of their own culture and how it affects others. Each chapter contains crucial insights, cogent discussion, and activities that delve deeply into who we are, the impact of culture, and how organizations can understand and integrate the dynamics of difference.
Marsha Jacobs
This book is an essential and invaluable guide for those brave enough to venture into unchartered waters. It gave me hope that cultural competency is attainable.
Lynne Rosen
"This book is a phenomenal resource for school districts and organizations that are interested in improving the culture of their organizations. It provides a solid foundation for understanding equity, embracing diversity, and adapting to differences. Moreover, the protocols and activities presented in this edition are practical to use and serve as a road map for school and district leaders on the journey toward cultural proficiency."
Bobbie D'Alessandro and Erica Champagne
"The tools of cultural proficiency outlined in this book have provided the foundation upon which we are building our state educational leadership system. We believe that culturally proficient school leaders can close the educational achievement gap in Massachusetts."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412963633
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 115,178
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall B. Lindsey is emeritus professor at California State University, Los Angeles and has a practice centered on educational consulting and issues related to equity and access. Prior to higher education faculty roles, he served as a junior and senior high school history teacher, a district office administrator for school desegregation, and executive director of a non-profit corporation. All of his experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. It is his belief and experience that too often white people are observers of multicultural issues rather than personally involved with them. He works with colleagues to design and implement programs for and with schools, law enforcement agencies, and community-based organizations to provide access and achievement. He and his wife and frequent co-author, Delores, are enjoying this phase of life as grandparents, as educators, and in support of just causes that extend the promises of democracy throughout society in authentic ways.

Kikanza J. Nuri-Robins is an organizational development consultant. She has spent her career working with schools, churches, hospitals and not-for-profit organizations helping them to become healthy, productive, diverse, and inclusive. Since 1978 she has worked with businesses like IBM and Baskin-Robbins, school districts from New York to California, and not-for-profit organizations such as United Way and Girls Scouts of America. The connecting thread is her passion for working with people who care about the quality of their work, who have compassion for their clients and colleagues, and who understand the importance of appropriate responses to the cultural context when doing their work. She has taught elementary school, secondary reading in schools of education and public administration. She is currently consulting with the nursing faculty at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, the Oxnard (CA) Police Department, and a domestic violence family center.

Raymond D. Terrell, Ed D, served as special assistant to the dean for diversity initiatives in the School of Education and Allied Professions at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A former secondary English teacher, elementary school principal, professor of educational administration, and dean of the School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, he has more than 40 years of professional experience with diversity and equity issues.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
About the Authors
Pt. I Understanding Cultural Proficiency
1 What Is Cultural Proficiency? 3
2 The Historical Context for Cultural Proficiency 38
Pt. II Using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency
3 The First Tool, Descriptive Language: The Cultural Proficiency Continuum 83
4 The Second Tool, Behavioral Competencies: The Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency 110
5 The Third Tool, Underlying Values: The Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency 157
Pt. III Overcoming the Barriers to Cultural Proficiency
6 Culturally Proficient Leadership: Formal and Nonformal Leaders 187
7 The First Barrier: Unawareness of the Need to Adapt 217
8 The Second Barrier: The Presumption of Entitlement 244
Pt. IV Making the Commitment to Cultural Proficiency
9 Cultural Proficiency: A Moral Imperative 289
10 The Case: One Last Look 318
Bibliography 341
Index 353
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