Cultural Competency Training Educators

Welcome to the Cultural Competency Course. This course is certified by the MN Professional Licensing Standards Board (PELSB) and will cover all of the materials and requirements to meet the MN requirements for re-licensure (see below). There are 8 modules that include various media and discussions that will guide your learning. To earn your CEU you will complete a Guide to Cultural Competency Final Project in Module 8. Thank you for choosing Sankore Consulting as your Cultural Competency provider.

Subpart 1.D. “Cultural competency training” means a training program that promotes self-reflection and discussion including but not limited to all of the following topics: racial, cultural, and socioeconomic groups; American Indian and Alaskan native students; religion; systemic racism; gender identity, including transgender students; sexual orientation; language diversity; and individuals with disabilities and mental health concerns. Training programs must be designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of their own frames of reference, the potential bias in these frames, and their impact on expectations for and relationships with students, students’ families, and the school communities, consistent with part 8710.2000, subpart 4, and Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30, subdivision 1, paragraph (q).

Course Overview 'How To' Video
Module 1: Racial, Cultural and Socioeconomic Groups

Overview By the end of this section, you will be able to articulate and reflect on your own frames of reference and bias in relation to Racial, Cultural and Socioeconomic groups.

Objectives The learner will:

Activity #1 Overcome Bias

This video provides an insightful view into how bias impacts us all, shows up unexpectedly and what to do about it.

Activity # 2 Understanding Privilege
Privilege is a context-laden word that is often misunderstood. This document provides the educational outlook on how privilege shows up in the classroom and how educators can counteract the negative effects.
Activity #3 Sometimes You're A Caterpillar

Privilege is a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group. It can be so innate and part of who you are that you aren’t even aware that you are privileged.

Activity #4 Microaggression
Microaggression: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority)
Module 2: American Indian / Alaskan Native students

Overview: American Indian / Alaskan Native students : Historical Trauma in Schools

When the United States signed its treaties with the Indian tribes, stripping them of their land, it promised to provide public services – including education – to tribal members in perpetuity. However, institutionalized assimilation and racism remain embedded within our public schools.
Outcome: Learners will understand some of the historic oppression and present day implications of schooling for young people from Indigenous Nations.
Activity #1 Conversation with Native Americans
Thanksgiving is a troubling holiday. It is one of the most ‘celebrated’ in our schools. From the voices of indigenous people, they are telling to reconsider this common tradition.
Activity # 2 Ongoing Crises in Education
Native American students face many obstacles in our public schools. This article sheds light on some common challenges, along with some suggestions and resources to address the issues.
Activity #3 Historical Trauma
Genocide. Forced Relocation. Destruction of Cultural Practices. These experiences, shared by communities, can result in cumulative emotional and psychological wounds that are carried across generations. Researchers and practitioners call this concept historical trauma.
Activity #3 Unseen Tears
“Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.” That was the mindset under which the U.S. government forced tens of thousands of Native American children to attend “assimilation” boarding schools in the late 19th century. Decades later, those words—delivered in a speech by U.S. cavalry captain Richard Henry Pratt, who opened the first such school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania—have come to symbolize the brutality of the boarding school system.
Module 3: Religious Literacy
Overview: Learners will understand the historic and present day implications of religious oppression toward Muslim and indigenous nations.

Objectives The learner will:

Activity #1 Not Your Playgrounds
Sacred Native American Sites Are Not Your Playgrounds. National Monuments are often seen as property of the people to explore at will. How do we reconcile that when these structures are not intended for public consumption? How do we honor ancestors while providing an authentic experience for young people?
Activity # 2 Facts vs. Fiction
American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction Ever since 9/11, Muslim Americans have felt the brunt of Islamophobia. There is a lot of information about Islam and Muslims that is misunderstood by the public and fuels conflict.
Activity #3 Islamophobia
Anti-hate and anti-bullying policies aren’t enough in the fight against Islamophobia. Our Muslim students, whether they have foreign ancestry or have lived many generations in the US, are experiencing discrimination in our schools from students and unfortunately staff alike. How do we change this pattern of behavior? How do we make it clear that religious bullying will not be tolerated?
Systematic Racism
Overview: Recognizing and Confronting Systemic Racism
Racism in public education seldom takes the overt form of segregated schools and violence as it did in the past; however, judging by the persistent achievement and opportunity gaps as well as disparities in discipline and special education, racism is still as ubiquitous. Systemic and institutional racism is often subtle, can be unintentional and less obvious, yet just as harmful.
Section Outcome: Learners will be able to define the four levels of racism and identify how the levels show up in education
Objectives~ The learner will:
Activity #1 Systemic Racism
Racism is often viewed as an individual occurrence or where there are blatant extreme expressions of racism like the KKK. However, those are not the only places racism exists. It also exists in our systems and that is where it does the most damage.
Activity #2 How Racism Affects Minority Students
How Racism Affects Minority Students in Public Schools “Racism in schools has serious consequences—from fueling the school-to-prison pipeline to traumatizing children of color.”
Activity #3 Institutionalized Racism
Institutionalized Racism Definition: This is the racial inequity within institutions and systems of power, such as places of employment, government agencies, and social services. It can take the form of unfair policies and practices, discriminatory treatment, and inequitable opportunities and outcomes.
Activity #4 Disturbing Stats
14 Disturbing Stats About Racial Inequality in American Public Schools Data released by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights offers a striking glance at the extent of racial inequality plaguing the nation’s education system.
Gender Literacy: Understanding Gender Identity
Overview: An estimated 3.2 million youth (ages 8-18) are LGBTQ. Nearly 1% or 150,000 youth (ages 13-17) identify as transgender. ( For youth to thrive in schools and communities, they need to feel socially, emotionally and physically safe and supported. However, some LGBTQ youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes.
Learners will consider the perspective of LGBTQ students and understand the challenges and opportunities of meeting the needs of students in this population.
Objectives~ The learner will:
Activity #1 Sexual & Gender Diversity
Sexual & Gender Diversity Vocabulary you should be aware of and some things you can do to support your LGBTQ+ students, families and colleagues.
Activity #2 Pronouns
Sexual & Gender Diversity Vocabulary you should be aware of and some things you can do to support your LGBTQ+ students, families and colleagues.
Activity #3 WHAT DO YOU SAY
“It doesn’t matter if it is a first grader who might not know what the word “gay” means, a sixth grader trying to sound cool, or a tenth grader “teasing” a friend. All of these scenarios have the potential of creating an unsafe classroom or school environment and must be addressed. So, what can caring adults do?”
Activity #4
Supporting LGBTQ Students. Recent research finds the majority of teachers want to help LGBTQ students but don’t always know how to do this.
DEVELOPING LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM RESOURCES “One way that educators can promote safer school environments is by developing lessons that avoid bias and that include positive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, history, and events. For LGBTQ students, attending a school with an inclusive curriculum is related to less-hostile school experiences and increased feelings of connectedness to the school community. Inclusive curriculum benefits all students by promoting diversity and teaching them about the myriad of identities in their communities.”
Module 6 Language Diversity
Overview: Viewing Language Diversity as an asset for all students.
Outcome: Learners will understand how students who have language diversity experience oppression in schools.
Objectives~ The learner will:
Activity #1 Bilingualism
According to the article you read, researchers determined that, in most states offering the “seal of biliteracy,” the criteria for earning the seal holds English-learners to a higher standard in their second language (English) than The native English speakers are held in theirs.
Activity #2 Multiculturalism
Why They Didn’t Come to Your Multicultural Potluck… Five Mistakes that Schools and Districts Make with English Learner Family Engagement
In many cases schools want to engage families and promote diversity. However, sometimes even given our best efforts we miss the mark. This reading provides insight on how our impact can match our intentions
Activity #3 EL Families
Serving ELL Students and Families
As more and more EL Students and Families become a part of our communities, there are ways in which our school can adapt. This comprehensive guide provides ideas and strategies that will make the greatest impact.
Module 7 Disabilities and Mental Health
Overview: Improving access to school-based mental health and social emotional supports and programs is critical in preventing and identifying — early-on — mental health challenges in children and youth.
Outcome: Learners will understand the importance of being knowledgeable about the mental health needs of students including trauma.
Objectives~ The learner will:
Activity #1 Definitions
“The first step to becoming an advocate for a child who is struggling or who may be struggling with a mental illness is to become educated about the topic. On Our Sleeves provides resources from the experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to learn more about a variety of mental health conditions and other concerns.”
Activity #2 Supporting Students
“De-escalation strategies can help prevent students’ emotional outbursts, and aid them and their peers in finding calm after one.”
Activity #3 Addressing Trauma
Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators by National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Justice Consortium, Schools Committee, and Culture Consortium.
Activity #4 Sandy Hook
Unfortunately, students that are experiencing trauma or mental health issues can themselves become violent. Mass shooting events such as Columbine High School, Sandy Hook Elementary and Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School are examples of this horrific tragedy. And in the wake of these tragedies more trauma is created. This video suggests that we must know the signs that lead to gun violence Sandy Hook Promise.
In 4 out of 5 school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker’s plan but failed to report it
Guns used in about 80% of all incidents at schools were taken from the home, a friend or a relative
Approximately half of all gun owners don’t lock up their guns in their homes, including 40% of households with kids under age 18 stats from the CDC
The Impact of Cultural Competency in MY classroom
In this module, you will create a Best Practices Guide for Cultural Competency in the Classroom.
You can choose to create one of the formats listed:
Resource #1 DEI
Difference — however we might define it — is good. It makes us who we are and makes the world wonderful. Students must understand that, and strive for a more inclusive world that values difference, practices empathy, and extinguishes oppressive forces like racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and beyond. These picks — which highlight our world’s vast diversity and promote equity — will open students’ minds, get them to reflect on their own privileges, and help them better understand other people, perspectives, and cultures. Some of these picks will also cultivate students’ perspective-taking and integrity, putting students on the path to social change and activism.
Resource #3 Do This Instead
The key phrase in this title is ‘well meaning’ this indicates the ways in which teachers do harm to students are most often, not intentionally. This reading provides a divergent perspective on how to recognize these behaviors and “what to do instead”. ​10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools​
Final Product Submission
The impact of Cultural Competency in my classroom. In this section you will create a “Best Practices Guide for Cultural Competency in the Classroom
You can choose to create one of the formats listed:

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