This week Craig is joined by Rusul Alrubail and Dena Simmons who express a passion for this topic on a daily basis through their work as educators and through their social media presence. They are both well known and respected and it is an honour to have them on board to co-host this week’s #whatisschool chat.
Why is it important to meet our students where they are?
Why is it crucial to be culturally competent educators?
In this week’s #whatisschool chat, Rusul Alrubail, Blogger and Writer on education, and Dena Simmons, Educator and Director of Implementation at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will share insight on the importance of culturally competent pedagogy. This chat will be an opportunity not only to explore and to share resources to developing into more culturally competent educators but also to reflect on our own attitudes, biases, and archetypes and how they may impact our instruction and student learning.
This week we want to engage with you in conversation about the importance of culture and culture competence in your school – #whatisschool is proud to be working alongside Rusul and Dena to bring this hugely important conversation topic to you.
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Questions #whatisschool, August 20, 2015 7PM EDT
1) What does cultural competence, in the classroom & school setting, mean to you?
2) What are some practices that we can implement in schools & classrooms to encourage cultural competency?
3) How does valuing diversity help prepare us to be culturally competent in the classroom with our students?
4) How do our attitudes, biases & beliefs impact our ability to be culturally competent in the classroom?
5) What will you do this year in the classroom and/or at your school to support cultural competence?
6) What are some resources we can use to help us learn more about culturally competent teaching?