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 Cultural Humility
 This half-hour documentary “mixes poetry with music, interviews, archival footage, and images of community, nature and dance to explain what...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Culture, Language, and Learning in the Age of Diversity Explosion
This nine-page CAL Commentary provides a succinct overview of the importance of understanding students’ varied cultural identities and experiences....
Research/Evidence-Based Practice The Roadmap for Racial Equity
A 68-page report from the National Skills Coalition which “[lays] out the pervasive issues of racism and exclusion in the workforce and education...