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The Cultural Proficiency Manifesto
Finding Clarity Amidst the Noise



October 2017 | 120 pages | Corwin
A call-to-arms for educators in tumultuous times

In times of social disruption and uncertainty, we must return to our core values and remember why we entered education in the first place: to make a difference in the lives of all children. Cultural Proficiency can provide us with essential tools for acting on the promise of American public schooling.

The Cultural Proficiency Manifesto places today’s political divisiveness in the context of greater historical change and provides a roadmap to interrupting the cycle of hostility towards marginalized groups. Readers will find:
Esteemed author Randall Lindsey’s latest thinking on Cultural Proficiency
A deliberately brief format that unpacks the Cultural Proficiency Framework and offers practical guidance 
Tools and guiding principles to help educators move their school community toward inclusivity 
Prompts for individual reflection and team dialogue

Now more than ever, our students need educators to uphold our commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion for all. 
 
"Lindsey's manifesto is a call to action for educators to ensure we are creating culturally responsive environments to support all learners. It teaches us how to authentically engage in the work of educating our wonderfully diverse population."
—Julie A. Vitale, Superintendent
Romoland School District, CA


“This manifesto is indeed timely and essential. Dr. Lindsey's vast experience as an expert and leader in cultural proficiency reminds us that now is the time to acknowledge and address the vast number of diversity, equity, and social justice issues at hand."
—Kenneth R. Magdaleno, Executive Director
Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research

 
 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
PART I: THE NOISE: A VICIOUS CYCLE
 
Chapter 1: Purpose of This Manifesto
My Perspective

 
My Concern

 
Reflection

 
The Cultural Proficiency Framework as a Road Map

 
Technical and Adaptive Change

 
Reflection

 
Expressions of Bigotry Can Be Motivational

 
Reflection

 
Design of This Book

 
 
Chapter 2: A Brief History of Inequity and Equity: A Tsunami Warning
Lesson Learned #1

 
Cycles of Disruption as Levers for Change: A Tsunami Warning

 
Inequities Are on Our Doorsteps for Us to Address

 
The Silver Lining of Equity in Our Founding Documents

 
Lesson Learned #2

 
Reflection

 
Reflection

 
More About Achievement Gaps

 
The Myth of Failing Public Schools

 
School Reform from 1980s to Present

 
Going Deeper

 
Dialogic Activity

 
 
Chapter 3: History and Hope for Changing Schools
Education Language and the Power of “Why?”

 
Lesson Learned #3

 
Transformative Change

 
The Achievement Gap Is Not New

 
Into the Second Century of Education Reform: The “Why?” Question

 
Amidst the Noise Is Clarity

 
Going Deeper

 
Dialogic Activity

 
 
PART II: LISTENING FOR CLARITY
 
Chapter 4: The Cultural Proficiency Framework
Culturally Proficient Leadership

 
Lesson Learned #4

 
The Tools of Cultural Proficiency

 
The Cultural Proficiency Conceptual Framework as a Guide

 
Barriers vs. Cultural Assets: The Tension for Change

 
Transforming the Culture of School

 
Going Deeper

 
Dialogic Activity

 
 
Chapter 5: Resistance to Change: The Anger–Guilt Continuum
Surfacing Privilege and Entitlement

 
Reflections on Entitlement: A Mystic Elementary School Conversation

 
Reflective Activity

 
Carrying Our Learning Forward

 
Going Deeper

 
Dialogic Activity

 
 
Chapter 6: Going Forward Takes Commitment and Effort: It Always Has
The Blaring of Trumpets

 
PHASE 1: The Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency

 
Nine Key Questions for Reflection and Dialogue

 
Use Internal Assets and Be Intentional

 
PHASE 2: The Essential Elements of Cultural Competence

 
Going Deeper

 
Dialogic Activity

 
 
Chapter 7: My Final Thoughts and, Then, Your Turn
Two-Phase Process—Guiding Principles and Essential Elements

 
Reflection

 
Closing Comments

 
 
References
 
Resources
 
Index

"This 'manifesto' is indeed timely and essential. Dr. Lindsey's vast experience as an expert and leader in the field of cultural proficiency reminds us that "now is the time" to acknowledge and address the vast number of diversity, equity, and social justice issues at hand. His hope is my hope... his clarity is all our clarity."

Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno, Executive Director
Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR)
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Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 4 - The Cultural Proficiency Framework


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