Cultural Competency – Valuing Diversity
In this course, teachers and paraprofessionals who work with students in all grades and subjects will learn what cultural competency and diversity means, and why it is important to develop cultural competencies and identify and value diversities in their classrooms. Attendees will begin to build the capacity for cultural self-assessment. They will learn the importance of strategically planning lessons that reflect the cultures representative of the children they teach. Participants will also learn how implicit and explicit biases play a part in a teacher’s ability to effectively teach ALL children. They will begin to develop skills that enable them to respect diversity within and among cultures; avoid stereotyping and overgeneralizations; use effective learner-centered and parent-centered interactive communication skills to form and maintain constructive and collaborative relationships with students and families; and incorporate students’ cultural backgrounds into daily teaching practice as a way to honor and value diversity, build cultural competencies, and enhance the classroom environment and instruction. This professional development is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 1b, 2a, 2b, 3c, 4a, 4c, and 4d.
Dates: 6/5, 6/12, and 6/19/2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Tuition: $100 – 10.5 ISBE PD Hours
Parking: Free parking available
In order to receive credit, participants must attend each entire session. Please note that while you are welcome to stay, late arrivals and early departures cannot receive ISBE PD Hours.
The CTUF Quest Center reserves the right to cancel a course/workshop due to low enrollment. Refunds for participant cancellation will be issued up to one day before the course/workshop begins.