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
"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.
"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
"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)
"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