Cultural Competence

The ability to examine the various social and cultural identities of one’s own self and others, understand and appreciate diversity from a historically-grounded and strengths-focused lens, recognize and respond to cultural demands and opportunities, and build relationships across cultural backgrounds (Jagers, 2018).

Also, see the resources section for Adult SEL and Cultural Competence.

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Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: 5 Strategies for System Leaders to Take Action

The Aspen Education & Society Program's recommended strategies for pursuing social, emotional, and academic development through a racial equity lens.

SOURCE: The Aspen Institute

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Webinar: Leveraging SEL to Promote Equity

Webinar highlighting district challenges and promising practices, featuring Dr. Rob Jagers' review of research on SEL's connection to equitable outcomes for diverse student populations.


TAGS cultural competence Adult SEL anti-bias research brief equity culturally responsive

Connecting Teacher Efficacy Beliefs in Promoting Resilience to Support for Latino Students

Results of this study suggest that efficacy beliefs related to resilience are linked to building important relationships through connecting with students, building on their experiences and knowledge, and understanding the issues they confront.

SOURCE: Research Journal

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Guiding Questions for Educators: Promote Equity Using SEL in your District

When social and emotional learning (SEL) is implemented with a culturally responsive lens, educators can use SEL to cultivate equitable learning opportunities, responsive relationships, and inclusive practices. This resources features reflection questions for district-level educators to explore the CASEL core competencies through an equity lens.

See also: Guiding Questions for Educators: Promote Equity Using SEL in your School


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Boston Public Schools Essentials for Instructional Equity

Outlines 4 adult competencies for facilitating learning for diverse students, and includes an appendix of culturally and linguistically sustaining practices, a learning experience design template, and a parent guide.

SOURCE: Boston Public Schools

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Self-Assessment Checklist – Cultural Competence

This checklist provides examples of the kinds of values and practices that foster an environment that is aware and respectful of cultural diversity, from Georgetown University's National Center for Cultural Competence.

SOURCE: National Association of School Psychologists

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ADL’s Anti-Bias Resources for Educators, Parents, and Families

The Anti-Defamation League's toolkit includes anti-bias strategies for educators, book recommendations, lesson plans, bullying prevention advice, discussion guides and webinars.

SOURCE: External website

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English for Speakers of Other Languages – Culture and Cultural Proficiency

Audio vignettes, pre-made presentations, videos, tools, and useful links for teachers of English Learners regarding characteristics of culture, learning styles, collectivism, and ways teachers can embrace diversity in their teaching style and interactions.

SOURCE: ESOL in Higher Ed

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SPARK Retreat Agenda

Agenda for team retreat focused on implicit bias, stereotype threat, and building more equitable learning environments.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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SPARK Resources and Readings

Packet from a team reatreat in Sacramento; includes poems and readings to catalyze conversations about oppression and equity and a timeline of education in the U.S. demonstrating roots of inequity.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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