Introduction to Cultural Proficiency
” The very climate of schools needs to undergo a critical transformation to make it clear that students of diverse backgrounds are expected and encouraged to learn.”
-Sonia Nieto, The Light in Their Eyes (New York: Teachers College Press, 1999), p. 128
Research has established the importance of cultural proficiency in improving students’ academic and behavioral outcomes. In culturally responsive schools, educators recognize that culture influences their actions, as well as the thoughts and behaviors of their students (Nuri- Robins, Lindsey, Lindsey & Terrell, 2019). There can be no educational excellence without educational equity.
Progression Partners cultural and equality engagements consists of a review, diagnostic, planning, and implementation process that supports schools in closing the achievement gap by ensuring that the teaching and learning process and experience:
- is free from bias, stereotyping and prejudice (whether intentional or unwitting)
- is inclusive in responding to the diversity of needs
- values and celebrates diversity
- supports the statutory requirements and duties placed upon schools and colleges to promote equality, challenge discrimination and unequal treatment, and eliminate discrimination.