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: Upcoming Events

In this interactive session, you will gain a greater understanding of cultural competence and proficiency—the ability to work effectively across...

Cultural Competence: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Research/Evidence-Based Practice Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Some Key Features
In this brief article, Dr. Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, delineates...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices
The full title of this paper is Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices of Adult Speakers of Other Languages and English for Academic Purposes...