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Cultural Competence

NEA recognizes that culturally responsive instruction helps educators close achievement gaps.

Cultural competence means understanding your own culture, other’s culture, and the role of culture in education. Using student’s culture as a basis for learning, communicating high expectations, and reshaping curriculum to reflect student’s diversity leads to better educational outcomes.

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Trainer Alicia Bata with colleagues in North Dakota. She tells participants: "Am I culturally competent? Perhaps. Do I know everything I need to do? Absolutely not! This is a skill that you need to practice every day."

NEA offers a cultural competence training program that expands the capacity of educators to serve students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. These trainings deepen participants’ own cultural self-awareness, increase their understanding of the link between cultural self-awareness and cultural competence, identify culturally responsive teaching practices, and share strategies for promoting culturally responsive instruction.

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Our students need advocates ready and able to disrupt all forms of oppression in our schools and beyond. Our free, research-based, educator-driven trainings help you get there.
National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.