“Cultural proficiency is a model for shifting the culture of the school or district; it is a model for individual transformation and organizational change. Cultural proficiency is a mind-set, a world view, a way a person or an organization make assumptions for effectively describing, responding to, and planning for issues that arise in diverse environments. For some people, cultural proficiency is a paradigm shift from viewing cultural difference as problematic to learning how to interact effectively with other cultures.”
Lindsey, Kikanza, & Terrell. Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders, 2009, pp. 4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
What is Cultural Competence?
Cultural competence is having an awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of students and their families. It is the ability to understand the within-group differences that make each student unique, while celebrating the between-group variations that make our country a tapestry. This understanding informs and expands teaching practices in the culturally competent educator’s classroom.
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What is Dignity?
Dignity transcends differences; everyone is born with it and holds it to the same degree. According to common definitions, dignity is the state or quality of being worthy. We propose that dignity is the central point of all equity work; it is the lens through which each arm of the work comes into clear focus. It answers the question, why. Why are we doing this work? On what foundation are we building? The foundation and reason for all equity work is the dignity of the basic humanity of each and every person we work with, even those who we may label “difficult.” Thus, we all have the right to treat ourselves and be treated with dignity.
Cobb & Krownapple, IncludED Through a Culture of Dignity, retrieved from https://www.thecorecollaborative.com/single-post/2018/07/20/IncludED-Through-a-Culture-of-Dignity