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Cultural Competency for Educators

This PELSB-approved course meets licensure renewal requirements for K-12 educators in Minnesota who need to complete cultural competency training.

Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. It goes beyond awareness and tolerance to include identifying one’s own cultural assumptions, values, and beliefs and examining the impact of those beliefs on our interactions with people.

Cultural Competency for Educators is a PELSB-approved course that meets licensure renewal requirements for K-12 educators in Minnesota who need to complete cultural competency training.

This program is designed for: MN teachers, principals, superintendents, and educational support staff

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    Program Format: Online, self-guided

    Cost: $160

    CEUs (Continuing Education Units): 16

    Length of Program: 16 hours

     

     

    What You'll Learn

    When you've completed the program "Cultural Competency for Educators," you will be able to:

    • Reflect upon the ways in which biases impact our relationships with students, parents, and communities.
    • Examine the role of historical trauma in Native American culture.
    • Recognize opportunities for religious literacy.
    • Identify how racism shows up in teaching practices.
    • Examine the challenges and opportunities of meeting the needs of LGBTQIA+ students.
    • Identify ways schools can more effectively invite multilingual family engagement.
    • Identify different forms of mental illness.
    • Examine ways to build inclusion into your classroom.

    Topics Covered

    This program will include:

    • Understanding, Uncovering, and Overcoming Our Biases
    • Supporting Students from Indigenous Nations
    • Increasing Religious Literacy
    • Recognizing Systemic Racism
    • Supporting LGBTQ Youth
    • Language Diversity
    • Students with Disabilities and Mental Health Concerns
    • Culturally Responsive PBIS

     

    Program Author

    Dr. Lanise Block

    Dr. Block is the Founder & Executive Director of the Digital Empowerment Academy and Founding Principal for Sankore Consulting.

    Dr. Block has varied experience in the education sector, including working as a Social Studies teacher, a Program Coordinator, a Content Lead for K-12: Social Studies, a Technology Integration Specialist, and a Strategic Project Administrator with Minneapolis Public Schools.

    In addition to these roles, Dr. Block is an adjunct professor in the School of Education for the University of St. Thomas, Hamline University Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching, and Metropolitan State University School of Urban Education.

    Dr. Lanise Block holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Drake University. Additionally, she holds a Master's degree in Teaching, three graduate certificates: E-Learning, Learning Technologies and Online Teaching, and a Doctorate degree in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Block has publications of her technology integration research and has presented at conferences nationally. Her research interests include digital divide, advocacy, and inclusion.

    Program Details

    Program Format: Online, self-guided

    Cost: $160

    CEUs (Continuing Education Units): 16

    Length of Program: 16 hours

     

     

    What You'll Learn

    When you've completed the program "Cultural Competency for Educators," you will be able to:

    • Reflect upon the ways in which biases impact our relationships with students, parents, and communities.
    • Examine the role of historical trauma in Native American culture.
    • Recognize opportunities for religious literacy.
    • Identify how racism shows up in teaching practices.
    • Examine the challenges and opportunities of meeting the needs of LGBTQIA+ students.
    • Identify ways schools can more effectively invite multilingual family engagement.
    • Identify different forms of mental illness.
    • Examine ways to build inclusion into your classroom.

    Topics Covered

    This program will include:

    • Understanding, Uncovering, and Overcoming Our Biases
    • Supporting Students from Indigenous Nations
    • Increasing Religious Literacy
    • Recognizing Systemic Racism
    • Supporting LGBTQ Youth
    • Language Diversity
    • Students with Disabilities and Mental Health Concerns
    • Culturally Responsive PBIS

     

    Program Author

    Dr. Lanise Block

    Dr. Block is the Founder & Executive Director of the Digital Empowerment Academy and Founding Principal for Sankore Consulting.

    Dr. Block has varied experience in the education sector, including working as a Social Studies teacher, a Program Coordinator, a Content Lead for K-12: Social Studies, a Technology Integration Specialist, and a Strategic Project Administrator with Minneapolis Public Schools.

    In addition to these roles, Dr. Block is an adjunct professor in the School of Education for the University of St. Thomas, Hamline University Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching, and Metropolitan State University School of Urban Education.

    Dr. Lanise Block holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Drake University. Additionally, she holds a Master's degree in Teaching, three graduate certificates: E-Learning, Learning Technologies and Online Teaching, and a Doctorate degree in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Block has publications of her technology integration research and has presented at conferences nationally. Her research interests include digital divide, advocacy, and inclusion.

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