Implementing Cultural Competency Training: Why partnerships are essential for increasing understanding and building better schools for all

Over the past six months, MnEEP has partnered with the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) to plan, develop, and implement essential Cultural Competency Training for educators across Minnesota. MnEEP and PELSB, along with other partnering organizations, believe this training is crucial for removing ongoing systemic barriers that often deny Minnesota students, especially students of color and indigenous and American Indian students, their right to a rigorous education and a supportive classroom that embraces their unique identities and cultural heritage.

In late 2018, PELSB adopted specific requirements for Cultural Competency Training (CCT) for all Minnesota teachers, beginning in 2020. This training will help Minnesota teachers better understand the varied life experiences and unique needs of all students, and allow them to implement their knowledge to better serve students, families, and the school community.

Over the past few months, PESLB has begun conducting statewide CCT trainings focused on increasing awareness around how race equity and positive school culture can support high-quality teaching, learning, and achievement for all. The curriculum includes critical pieces for increasing cultural competency, such as:

  • Self-reflection and discussion about topics such as race, socioeconomic status, religion, systemic racism, and language diversity, among other topics; and
  • Components that deepen teachers’ understanding of their own frames of reference, the potential bias in these frames, and the impact these frames have on expectations for and relationships with students, students’ families, and school communities.

At MnEEP, we recognize the significance of creating safe and welcoming learning environments, where all can achieve greatness. We do this by using a race equity lens, and the Big Bold Goals outlined in our strategic plan, to break down systemic barriers and create new, healthier schools and school systems that better support educators and the beautiful diversity of learners in Minnesota.

MnEEP is looking forward to ongoing partnership and deepening collaboration with PELSB in planning, developing, and implementing the Cultural Competency Trainings statewide.

The MnEEP-PELSB collaboration and partnership serves to increase cultural competency and utilize a race equity lens to transform our schools and systems into more just institutions where all people, teachers, and students can thrive.

Please contact us at MnEEP if you, your school, and/or district would like to learn more about accessing the PELSB-approved training in Cultural Competency

Posted in Cultural Competency, Our Voices

Jon Peterson View posts by Jon Peterson

Leiataua Dr. Jon Peterson is a Native and Indigenous educator who is working with MnEEP as a consultant to provide ongoing coordination, support, and leadership to the EML Network and the Joyce Foundation Grant Project.
Posted in Cultural Competency, Our Voices

Jon Peterson View posts by Jon Peterson

Leiataua Dr. Jon Peterson is a Native and Indigenous educator who is working with MnEEP as a consultant to provide ongoing coordination, support, and leadership to the EML Network and the Joyce Foundation Grant Project.
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