Becoming a Culturally Competent Educator

Author(s): Jennifer Chambers, Anna Lori Hollen

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2020


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Becoming a Culturally Competent Educator provides educators with a step-by-step guide to cultural competency in education. What does that look like? Being able to understand, communicate, and interact with people from various cultures. It covers Cultural Identities, Avoiding/Overcoming Bias, Inclusive Language, Intercultural Communication, Culturally Inclusive and Responsive Instructional Strategies, and much more!


About the Authors 

1 → Defining and Describing Diversity 
Activate Your Thinking 
What Is Cultural Diversity? 
What Is Ethnic Diversity? 
What Is Racial Diversity? 
Diversity from a Cultural Perspective 
Diversity from a Societal Perspective: Differences in Socioeconomic Status (a.k.a., Social Class) 
Diversity in Income 
Diversity in Level of Education 
Diversity from a National Perspective 
Diversity from an International Perspective 
Diversity from a Global Perspective 
Diversity from the Perspective of the Universe (Cosmos) 
Summary and Conclusion 

2 → The Benefits of Diversity Education 
1. Diversity Education Develops Self-Knowledge, Self-Awareness, and Self-Insight 
2. Diversity Education Deepens and Accelerates Learning 
3. Diversity Education Strengthens Students’ Ability to Think Critically from Multiple Perspectives 
4. Diversity Fosters Creative Thinking 
5. Diversity Education Promotes Career Preparation for the 21st Century 
6. Diversity Expands Social Relationships and Emotional Intelligence 
7. Diversity Education Reduces Prejudice and Discrimination in Society 
8. Diversity Education Preserves Democracy 
Summary and Conclusion 

3 → The Journey to Appreciating Diversity: Avoiding Stereotypes and Overcoming Biases 
Examples of Common Stereotypes
Stereotyping Comic Strip
Root Causes of Bias 
Comfort Levels (Familiar vs. Unfamiliar) 
Low-Effort Cognitive Processing 
Video Reflection 
A Personal Development Model for Overcoming Bias and Appreciating Student Diversity 
(1) Awareness 
(2) Acknowledgment 
(3) Acceptance 
(4) Action 
About Project Implicit—Testing Your Own Unconscious Bias 

4 → The Context for Diversity Education: Student, Family, School, and Community 
Student Diversity 
Family Diversity 
Community Diversity 
School Diversity 
The Curriculum 
School Leaders 
Summary and Conclusion 

5 → Intercultural Communication and Relationship-Building Skills 
How Do You Interact and Build Relationships with People from Other Cultures without Bias or Prejudice? 
How to Meet and Interact with People from Diverse Backgrounds and Reduce Prejudices? 
Interpersonal Communication Skills: Be a Good Listener 
The Following are The Key Strategies for Strengthening Interpersonal Communication Skills 
Remove Distractions 
Avoid Personal Prejudice 
Sharing Our Stories: A Genuine Venue to Building Stronger Relationships with Diverse Families 
Genuine Connections 
Culturally Competent Leadership 
Summary and Conclusion 
Case Study 
Our School System 
Our Students 
Our Employees 
Transportation and Meals 
System Resources 

6 → Teaching for Diversity: Culturally Inclusive and Responsive Instructional Strategies 
Making the Student-Teacher Connection 
Establishing Rapport with Your Class 
Making Student-Student (Peer) Connections 
Promoting Peer Interaction and Creating a Sense of Community among Classmates 
Engaging Students in Small Group Work 
When to Use Small Group Work 
Strategies for Improving the Quality of Small Group Learning 
Making the Student-Course (Subject) Connection 
Engaging Students with the Subject Matter 
Use Writing-To-Learn Exercises to Engage Students with the Subject Matter 
Engage Students in Future Life-Planning Assignments 
Summary and Conclusion 

7 → Effective Culturally Inclusive Assessment of Student Learning and Academic Performance 
Student Learning Is Promoted by Frequent Assessment 
Hold High Expectations for All Students 
Student Learning Is Promoted by the Delivery of Performance-Improving Feedback 
Student Learning Is Enhanced by Exercises or Assignments That Promote Self-Assessment and Self-Awareness 
Summary and Conclusion 



Jennifer Chambers

Dr. Jennifer Chambers is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she earned her BS in Elementary Education, MAEd as a Reading/Writing Specialist, Rank 1, and EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She also served as an elementary classroom teacher for 15 years and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of English at Eastern Kentucky University from 2004 to 2012.

Chambers has delivered numerous workshops and presentations focusing on best practices, reading achievement, and leadership across the United States. She has authored articles on school culture, reading achievement, and best practices. She has also written a reading textbook (Diagnosing Literacy Problems: Finding Strategies That Work) and most recently published her first children’s book, Macie Meets Her New Teacher.

Currently, Dr. Chambers serves as the Director of the Literacy Specialist Program and a Professor of Literacy at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.

Anna Lori Hollen

Dr. Lori Hollen is the Director of Elementary Schools with the Jessamine County Schools (JCS) in Nicholasville, KY. Jessamine County Schools is one of Kentucky’s fastest-growing systems with an increasingly diverse representation of students. Three years ago, JCS began the journey to becoming a culturally competent district. Throughout this process, educators have bravely embraced the inside-out work necessary to meet the needs of students. Dr. Hollen has an EdD in Educational Leadership and has served as a secondary teacher, principal, district administrator, and consultant to the Kentucky Department of Education. Her research and publishing contributions have mainly focused on the implementation and effectiveness of Professional Learning Communities and Becoming a Culturally Competent Educator. Hollen coauthored a guide for schools implementing PLC’s entitled A Focus for PLC’s (2008). She has traveled throughout Kentucky, the United States, and abroad serving as a consultant, advisor, and presenter on various educational topics. She is a native of the Appalachian region and understands the important process of becoming a culturally competent educator.

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