All adult education programs serve a diverse group of students from varied cultural contexts, no matter how demographically homogeneous a student body may appear on the surface. Each student (like each educator) is shaped by multiple cultural contexts conveyed through family, community, faith group, socioeconomic status, geographic region, nationality, racial and ethnic identification, and more. Values, expectations, norms of behavior, and communication are learned through these cultural contexts.

Sometimes referred to as the lenses through which we view the world, our biases, assumptions, and judgments can inhibit our understanding of and our appreciation for each student’s unique experience and perspective. Ultimately, these lenses shape our ability to best serve students, recognize their full potential, and understand the forces that shape their goals and progress.

The SABES Program Support PD Center offers PD, resources, and guidance to support educators’ development of cultural competence, culturally responsive pedagogy, and intercultural awareness. 

See the Calendar and Resource Library for cultural competence PD and resources.

Cultural Competence: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Resource Addressing Implicit Bias
This webinar, presented April 2019,  posits that we all have implicit biases. The challenge: how do we acknowledge and respond to such biases?...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Considering Culture in the Selection of Teaching Approaches for Adults
This resource is a two-page digest that outlines the varied beliefs, assumptions, and approaches that affect teaching diverse student populations,...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Cultural Proficiency: Tools for Secondary School Administrators
This resource outlines the reactive versus proactive responses to cultural differences, along with related action steps for teachers and...