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Cultural Competence Workshop

03/21/2019 at 8:30AM - 2:30PM EST
Location: ACES, 205 Skiff Street, Hamden, CT 06517


AUDIENCE: 6-12 teachers, administrators and staff
COST: $130.00 per person (lunch not included)

There has been an increase of intolerance around the globe and in the United States.  Educators, administrators, and school staff, can help students and the community by exploring the meaning of cultural competence.  Discussions will center on understanding and embracing others, as well as recognizing personal perspectives and views, and how they affect individual perceptions. By engaging in difficult conversations, participants will gain insight on how to tackle these topics in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge of microaggressions, cultural competence, privilege, and implicit bias
  • Discuss the impact of microaggressions and intolerance on students and their academic achievement
  • Examine their own personal biases to understand the roots of stereotypes and prejudices
  • Explore what teachers would, and should, do when confronted with bias and prejudice in the classroom and school
  • Examine effective strategies for discussing difficult topics and events with other educators, as well as with students
  • Discuss how to build tolerance and cultural competence in their classrooms, schools and communities

Lauren Drazen is a lifelong educator. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. She has taught every age level from first grade to college, in California, Michigan and Connecticut. In 2006, she started the Chinese language program in West Hartford Public Schools, writing the entire curriculum and building the framework for what is now a course of study that engages more than 700 students from kindergarten through high school. Cultural understanding is an integral part of that curriculum; she believes that building tolerance for all races, religions and ethnicities is of utmost importance. As an educational consultant, Lauren works with students, families, teachers, administrators and school districts on a variety of topics and issues relevant to world language, character curricula and cultural competence.