Progression Partners, Inc. provides consulting services to district schools and organizations to bridge the diversity and racial divide. We support business leaders, school leaders and educators with the tools they need to leverage systemic cultural equity in homogeneous and diverse environments. Our research-based cultural equity framework is instrumental in leveraging systemic cultural equity to create an inclusive environment for all stakeholders in homogeneous and diverse learning environments. We have supported the development and implementation of equity initiatives for schools across the country to create a welcoming and inclusive school community for sustainable transformation. Working in collaboration with each organization, we facilitate the development and implementation of equity action plans to create sustainable change toward a more inclusive workplace and school environment. Let us guide you through the equity journey to discover what it takes to create an inclusive and welcoming community!
Equity Through Cultural Proficiency
Progression Partners’ Cultural Proficiency Initiative Cultural proficiency is a way of being that allows individuals and organizations to interact effectively with people who differ from them. It is a developmental approach to addressing issues that emerge and barriers to an equitable environment. Progression Partners’ Culturally Proficient Initiative is a comprehensive organizational-based plan outlining objective for continuous improvement. The Initiative is an inside-out approach that encourages individuals to reflect on their own understanding and values about others – validating their current beliefs and feelings about people and encouraging change, without threatening their own self-worth (Lindsay, 2000). This enables a shift in the culture by tackling ethnic and social gaps, and creating an environment shaped by diversity. Our initiative helps shape decisions about programs to ensure all stakeholders are working to improve equity in a diverse environment. The initiative is designed to provide ongoing professional development and job-embedded program implementation support to achieve the excellence of equity. Essential factors in improving equity in your organization are to include focused and aligned resources, professional development, researched-based programs, and reflective participation. Our consultancy methodology is based on the research of Terry Cross, Randall B. Lindsay, Geneva Gay, Gail L. Thompson, Gene Singleton, Gary Howard, Robert Marzano, Charlotte Danielson, Joyce and Showers, Bonnie Davis, Kikanza J. Nuri-Robins, and Raymond D. Terrell.
Cultural Proficiency Continuum
Our Cultural Proficiency Continuum provides a language for understanding one’s true awareness of the cultures and identities of each student. Through self-assessment, the continuum can help to measure attitudes and beliefs in order to recognize both healthy and unhealthy cultural actions.
Our highly experienced and trained consultants are able to create a safe environment so that honest conversations can occur. We leverage these conversations to cultivate internal coherence and collaboration, developing a consistency of practice and language within your schools that enables staff to understand and embrace the unique differences of their students.
Schools are responsible to respond to the diversity of the community, not just that of the dominant mainstream culture. Progression Partners’ Equity Initiative helps improve the overall school culture by developing effective leaders and teachers that align policies, practices, values and procedures to meet the needs of all students, regardless of culture, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
An integral part of our work is to provide ongoing learning opportunities that are specific to the needs of your staff and your goals for improvement. These Web Course Series help your staff become experts in literacy instruction through the lens of culture. This, in turn, creates a pathway to a positive, equitable learning environment and students who are proficient in reading and writing skills.
Achieving Equity Through Cultural Proficiency to Improve Student Outcomes