Cultural competence is the ability to successfully teach students who come from a culture or cultures other than our own. It entails developing certain personal and interpersonal awareness and sensitivities, understanding certain bodies of cultural knowledge, and mastering a set of skills that, underlie effective cross-cultural teaching and culturally responsive teaching.
IB Alum, Kenton Born, inspired the Abbotsford school district to host three after school sessions called “Building Cultural Competence in Practice: Punjabi 101” for educators who want to learn about Punjabi language and culture. Link to Newsletter
The sessions took place on Wednesdays, November 7th, 14th, and 21st.
Consider your practicum goals
Dear Secondary Teacher Candidates:
It’s an exciting and important time for you in the program. The extended practicum will enable you to continue learning from the wisdom of practice possessed by your school and faculty advisors, from the wisdom and application of educational research, and from your increasing knowledge of the academic disciplines. This opportunity will enable you to become clearer about your own personal theories which inform, and will be informed by, your practice. I wish you every success for a transformational Practicum and Community Field Experience, and I look forward to welcoming you back for Summer Session in May!
Dr. Marianne McTavish
Associate Dean, Teacher Education