THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
Terrell, R.D., Lindsey, D.B., Lindsey, R.B., & Nuri Robins, K. (2006). Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Guide for People Who Teach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
The Essential Elements serve as the standard with which to address differences and apply culturally proficient practices. These practices are rooted in an intercultural lens, the inclusion and interaction of different cultural groups. These proactive behaviors are marked by a Transformation towards Equity: Tolerance, Competence, Proficiency.
CHARACTERIZED BY: The self-assessment of one's own culture and its impact on the environment, and identifying the cultural groups present in a system.
Explore and deepen your understanding and definition of culture, as well as the intersections and layers of an individual or organization's cultural identity.
CHARACTERIZED BY: Development of an appreciation for the differences among and between groups.
Create an inclusive environment by seeing diversity as an asset and not as a deficit.
Manage the Dynamics of Difference
CHARACTERIZED BY: Learning to respond appropriately to the issues that arise in diverse environments.
Develop healthy responses to conflict when cultures clash.
Adapt to Diversity
CHARACTERIZED BY: Modifying and adopting new policies and practices to support diversity and inclusion.
Maintain continual self-assessment and sustained cultural awareness.
Institutionalize Cultural Knowledge
CHARACTERIZED BY: Establishing support, building capacity, and displaying cultural changes into the system of the organization.
Integrate cultural knowledge into the policies and practices of an organization and individual behavior.
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