All posts tagged: cultural competency

Importance of Perspective

I spent today in a train-the-trainer training hosted by my state’s licensing board for teachers. This training was not at all what I expected based on the new state standards for relicensure. It was better. One of the things that I took away from today was that getting teachers to see themselves as active agents in the world who respond to the world through their own biases is the first step. While I subconsciously already knew this, the way the information was being presented offered examples of just how this can be accomplished in meaningful ways.¬†As a white, male functioning within my own comfort zone of cultural interaction, I can easily walk into a room without considering the lives of those around me. In fact, I do this every day. I think we all do. But the important first step of recognizing how that lens affects everything else we do as a human allows me to think about other perspectives and notice differences. It’s like when you learn another language. It’s not until you understand …