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Navigating Cultural Competence in Grades K–5

Navigating Cultural Competence in Grades K–5
A Compass for Teachers

Foreword by Francisco Rios

December 2010 | 176 pages | Corwin
Culturally competent teachers know and understand each of their students. Culturally competent schools are ones where students feel welcomed and engaged. To become culturally competent, teachers and other school professionals must treat every student with fairness. This book for primary teachers and administrators presents an 8-point model of cultural competence which, if followed, will ensure that all individuals in the school are both respected and protected. The 8 points correspond to the directions on a compass and are as follows:

N: Notice culture and cultural characterstics

NE: Negotiate and evaluate curriculum and content

E: Establish community and context

SE: Seek and engage

S: Spark conversations and climate

SW: Strengthen and weave together complexities and controversies

W: Waken compassion and commitment

NW: Nurture and welcome challenges and changes

Foreword by Francisco Rios
About the Author
1. Explore Cultural Competence
2. Begin Your Transformation
3. N: Notice Culture and Cultural Characteristics
4. NE: Negotiate and Evaluate Curriculum and Content
5. E: Establish Community and Context
6. SE: Seek and Engage in Collaboration and Construction
7. S: Spark Conversation and Climate and SW: Strengthen and Weave Together Complexities and Controversies
8. W: Waken Compassion and Commitment and NW: Nurture and Welcome Challenges and Changes
Appendix A: Gallavan Cultural Competence Compass
Appendix B: Review Checklist
Appendix C: Websites

"Gallavan provides a clear theoretical and practical foundation for framing one’s journey and understanding of cultural competence. She effectively guides teachers through learning each child’s story, providing meaningful connections, and collectively sharing the responsibility for all students’ learning."

Linda D. Jungwirth, President, Convening Conversations, Inc.
Pepperdine University

“This is a must read for those looking for better ways to engage all students, parents, administrators, and colleagues. The author provides a cultural compass to guide educators of all age groups in becoming more attuned to each child's unique culture."

James Becker, Teacher, Administrator
Branksome Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Like a compass guiding travelers on their journeys, the Gallavan cultural competence compass supplies teacher candidates, classroom teachers, school administrators, and educational researchers with a well-crafted tool that addresses all players and aspects of education. Each of the eight compass points delves into a segment of teaching and learning that educators must make visible in all of their endeavors."

Porter Lee Troutman, Professor and Co-Founder of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"This well crafted, highly informative, and easy-to-read book is a must for teachers who are trying to find constructive and non-threatening ways to engage with ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity. The author’s approach to the topic encouraging and enlightening."

Geneva Gay, Professor of Education
University of Washington

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