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Promoting Cultural Proficiency to Boost Outcomes for All Students

May 24–25, 2017

8:30 am 3:30 pm ET
Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

Learn best practices for promoting cultural proficiency in your school to establish Communities of Inclusion, creating educational equity for all students.

With ever-increasing diversity in schools and communities around the country, the need to create educational access and opportunity for every student has never been greater. Promoting cultural proficiency is an effective approach that provides the insights and tools to effectively create communities of inclusion in our schools and to boost the achievement of all students.

Please join CAL for this two-day informative and interactive institute designed to give educators and administrators tools that will guide the work of cultural proficiency at the individual and school levels by outlining concrete steps for creating communities of inclusion.

Broadly speaking, cultural proficiency allows individuals and organizations to interact effectively with people who differ from them, particularly those from non-dominant cultural contexts. It is a developmental approach for addressing the issues that emerge in diverse environments. Both individuals and organizations are at various levels of awareness, knowledge and skills along a cultural proficiency continuum.

The institute features CAL's Communities of Inclusion Approach, developed by our subject matter experts based on decades of research and practice working with educators of language learners in U.S. schools and with immigrant and refugee populations from around the globe.

Participants will use CAL's Communities of Inclusion Toolkit to explore stages along the continuum of cultural proficiency that represent ways of perceiving and responding to differences, recognizing other perspectives including the presence of varied types of privilege, balancing values, and creating a culture of mutual respect.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Explore their own identities and how they interact with the diversity of students and other members of their school community.
  • Immerse in interpersonal and intrapersonal conversations regarding prejudice, privilege, bias, and personal ideology.
  • Define cultural proficiency and analyze each stage of the continuum.
  • Analyze their level of cultural proficiency as an individual and as a school and identify methods for increasing cultural competence.
  • Guide conversations about cultural proficiency in their own contexts, including with adults and/or children.
  • Utilize the four Communities of Inclusion Approach reflection questions as a tool to identify action steps and resources needed to advocate for inclusive policies and practices within their own settings.
  • Implement CAL's Community of Inclusion Toolkit to promote equity in their local school contexts.

This useful and enlightening institute is designed for PreK-12 educators and administrators and is helpful for a wide variety of community practitioners, including counselors, front office staff, and educators serving in a variety of educational settings. CAL encourages teams of educators and practitioners to attend.

Attendees will receive an informative and useful packet of tools and strategies with hands-on guidance on how to develop an action plan for cultural proficiency that they can begin to immediate implementation in their schools.

Early bird registration by April 15, 2017: $800/person.
After April 15, 2017: $850/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $825 each.

Cost includes all training materials and breakfast and lunch each day.

Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Register early, as space is limited.

Institute Agenda

This two day institute focuses on:

Day One
Exploring Cultural Proficiency and Inclusion

  • Building awareness of our own identities and recognizing the ideologies we bring to interacting with others.

  • Identifying the privileges and personal mindsets that each community member brings into a school setting.

  • Analyzing a continuum of cultural proficiency and how each level can impact, either positively or negatively, the quality of interactions with students and families in various contexts.

  • Exploring inclusive practices and developing methods to discuss and increase cultural proficiency, individually and as a school.

  • Utilizing CAL's Community of Inclusion Toolkit for reflection and action planning to create more equitable schooling for all students

Day Two
Creating Educational Access and Equity

  • Mediating school-based challenges rooted in issues of cultural proficiency.

  • Assessing your school's present state of cultural proficiency and understanding the impact of the various stages of a continuum of inclusion.

  • Developing effective classroom strategies and approaches, including adding cultural proficiency standards to content and language standards to help ensure educational access, equity, and social justice in your school.

  • Leveraging student, family, and community input to create access and equity in educational settings and in the community.

  • Setting individual goals and planning concrete steps for creating educational access and equity for all students, via the CAL Communities of Inclusion Toolkit.

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Daily Training Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast and conversation
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Morning training session
12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch and networking
12:45 – 3:30 pm Afternoon training session (including mid-afternoon dessert break)


In order to reserve a seat at CAL's Institute, please register by completing steps 1-4 of the online registration form to tentatively reserve your seat for this Institute. A confirmation email will follow with information about payment to guarantee your seat. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Payment may follow separately.

Your seat at the workshop will be confirmed once payment is received. Please decide about your method of payment (credit card or purchase order).

If paying by credit card, register to reserve your seat. The final step will connect you to the CAL Store and allow you to submit credit card information for payment. Call 888-543-9461 to speak to a representative.

If paying by purchase order (PO), register to reserve your seat and then send a signed copy of your PO by fax to 888-700-3629 or email a PDF to calstore@brightkey.net as soon as possible. If you need a quote, please contact the CAL Store at 855-543-9461 or e-mail the request for quote form to calstore@brightkey.net.

Cancellation Policy
We encourage participants to register as soon as possible and to let CAL know if you do not plan to attend the session as soon as possible. Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to three (3) weeks prior to the course start date by sending an email to store@cal.org. After that date, no refunds will be available. However, registrants may choose to receive the workshop materials by mail, postpone their attendance to a future CAL Institute, or transfer the registration to another individual up to three (3) days prior to the course start date. Contact us to discuss your options.

Certificate of Completion
Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion which may be used for continuing education credit.

Questions about workshop registration, payment, cancellation, or to be added to the waiting list for future workshops, contact Marilyn Raphael, Coordinator, or call 202-355-1500.

Questions about workshop content, contact Annie Duguay, Director, CAL Solutions PreK-12 EL Education. EL Language and Literacy and José Medina, Director, CAL Solutions, Dual Language & Bilingual Education.

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Venue and Travel Information

This Institute will be held at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Visit our website for directions to CAL and to view a list of local hotels.

Please note that all travel arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

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