Developing Critical Cultural Competence: A Guide for 21st-Century Educators

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Cultural competence is key to improved student achievement

This book shows you how to provide professional development for teachers that deepens their cultural understanding. The authors provide activities to help educators translate new knowledge into action with activities that focus on the three inseparable insights required for developing teachers’ critical cultural competency:

  • Understanding themselves
  • Understanding their students
  • Understanding their students’ families and communities

Readers have access to a companion website that contains reproducible resource lists and handouts as well as examples that can serve as models for some of the activities.

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Editorial Reviews

Lizette D D'Amico

“This book effectively describes the importance of individual teachers learning aboutthemselves as a person in order to clearly differentiate for students inthe classroom.”

Judson Laughter

“This book offers a coherent collection of theories and practices for a strong multicultural teacher education. It would act as a useful text or starting place for an entire course.”

Denise Carlson

“As I read this book, it became clear that my long-held belief about the meaning of cultural competence needed a makeover. I am now convinced that my personal definition of diversity should embrace a much deeper appreciation of differences and transformative action.”

Lizette D. D'Amico
“This book effectively describes the importance of individual teachers learning aboutthemselves as a person in order to clearly differentiate for students inthe classroom.”
Lori Grossman

“With a clear theme of preparing educators for teaching diverse learners and creating critical cultural competence, the author hooks the reader and entices them to continue the journey of developing cultural responsiveness in the classroom and community.”

Carol Gallegos

Developing Critical Cultural Competence offers a rich resource of information and activities for professional development that supports cultural understandingand goesbeyond the assumptions and myths that often surround the diverse student populations in our nation’s schools.”

Bess Scott

Developing Critical Cultural Competence provides educators with the inspiration, knowledge, and tools to move from theory to action in seeking to eliminate the achievement gap."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412996259
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/31/2011
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara B. Levin is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Her research interests include studying teachers’ pedagogical beliefs and the development of teacher thinking across the career span, integrating technology into the K–16 curriculum, and using case-based pedagogies and problem-based learning in teacher education. Levin is an associate editor of Teacher Education Quarterly and has authored or coauthored numerous journal articles and three books, including Who Learns What From Cases and How? The Research Base on Teaching With Cases (1999), Energizing Teacher Education and Professional Development With Problem-Based Learning (2001), and Case Studies of Teacher Development: An In-Depth Look at How Thinking About Pedagogy Develops Over Time (2003). Levin completed a PhD in educational psychology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. Prior to that, she taught elementary school students and was a computer specialist for 17 years.

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Table of Contents

List of Resources
Foreword by Christine Sleeter
Why do we need this book?
What is critical cultural competence?
Who is this book for?
How is this book different from other books about diversity and multicultural education?
Organization and Special Features of This Book
About the Authors
Introduction: What Do We Need to Do to Prepare Teachers for Today's Diverse Classrooms?
Why do we need educators with critical cultural competence in today's schools?
How can we move professional development about diversity beyond knowledge?
Who are we in this thing called diversity?
How do we leverage assets of students, families and communities?
Bringing It All Together
Summary of Key Points
Reflection and Extension
1. Common Practices: How Are We Currently Preparing Educators for Diverse Classrooms?
Common Goals for Multicultural Education
Foundational Understandings About Diversity
Milner's Five Conceptual Repertoires of Diversity
Empathy Versus Sympathy
Strength-Based Approach
Materials and Resources
Historic and Contemporary Videos
Online Learning Resources
Guest Speakers
Other Commonly Used Activities and Approaches
Discussions and Reflection
Case Studies and Case Discussions
Book Clubs
Activity 1.1 Book Club Jigsaw Activity
The Game of Monopoly
Empathy Activities
Summary of Key Points
Reflection and Extension
Online Extensions
2. Who I Am: How Can We Understand Ourselves as Cultural Beings?
Exploring Personal Characteristics and Beliefs
Activity 2.1 Autobiographies
Activity 2.2 Educational Philosophy
Activity 2.3 All About Me Activities
Activity 2.4 All in a Picture and Snapshot of Me Activities
Revealing Beliefs and Identities to Others
Activity 2.5 Intercultural Autograph Hunt
Activity 2.6 Bio-Poems
Activity 2.7 the Privilege Walk
Summary of Key Points
Reflection and Extension
Additional Resources
Online Extensions
Focus for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
3. Moving From Beliefs and Visions to Action: How Can We Link Our Personal and Professional Identities?
Activity 3.1 Visioning
Activity 3.2 Personal Practical Theories (PPTs)
Activity 3.3 Action Research
Summary of Key Points
Reflection and Extension
Additional Resources
Online Extensions
Focus for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
4. How Do We Prepare Educators to Understand and Appreciate Student Diversity?
From Understanding Diversity to Appreciating Diversity
Activity 4.1 Diversity Fact Sheets
Activity 4.2 Website Reviews
Activity 4.3 Interactive Survey
Activity 4.4 Description, Interpretation, and Evaluation
Summary of Key Points
Reflection and Extension
Online Extensions
Focus for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
5. From Critical Awareness to Transformative Action: How Do We Prepare Educators to Become Cultural Brokers for Student Success?
From Critical Awareness to Transformative Action
Cross-Cultural Competence and Critical Self-Reflection
Activity 5.1 Active Listening
Activity 5.2 Classroom Observation Analysis
Activity 5.3 ABCs Project
Summary of Key Points
Reflection and Extension
Online Extensions
Focus for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
6. Learning About the Community: How Can We Learn More About Parents and Families?
Standards-Based Reform
Benefits of Invoving Parents and Families in Schools
Traditional Ways of Involving Parents in Schools
Nontraditional Approaches to Parents and Involvement
Barriers and Facilitators to Involvement
Extending Traditional Approaches to Parent and Family Involvement
Activity 6.1 Touring the Neighborhood--The Do's and Don'ts
Activity 6.2 Home Visits at the Beginning of the School Year
Activity 6.3 Preparing for the First Parent Conference
Summary of Key Points
Reflection and Extension
Online Extensions
Focus for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
7. Community-Based Learning: How Can We Learn From Parents, Families, and Communities?
How diverse are families and our communities?
Partnering with Parents, Families, and Communities
What is community-based learning?
Community-Based Learning Activities
Activity 7.1 Home-Community Camera Adventure
Activity 7.2 Walking a Mile in Another's Shoes
Transformative Effects of Community Adventures
Summary of Key Points
Reflection and Extension
Online Extensions
Focus for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
8. Bringing It All Together: How Do We Maximize Teaching and Learning Opportunities?
Connecting Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Critical Cultural Competence
Taking Risks to Develop Critical Cultural Competence
Inspiring Critical Reflection and Awareness
Transforming Professional Practice
Using Rogers's Adoption of Innovation Theory
Using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM)
Planning for Professional Development
Before We Start
Pre- and Postassessment
Summary of Key Points
Final Words
Additional Resources
Reflection and Extension
Online Extensions
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    Well written book on the topic of cultural competence.

    Well written book on the topic of cultural competence.

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