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Cultural Proficiency Institute 2011

Fifth Annual Cultural Proficiency Institute

Access, Equity and Inclusion in your Organization

June 29 - July 1, 2011

Featuring Keynote Presentations by

Manny Medrano
Emmy Award-Winning TV Broadcast Journalist, Trial Attorney, Law Professor

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Sandra Hutchens 
Orange County Sheriff​​​


Dr. Kikanza J. Nuri

The Robins Group

Dr. Carmella S. Franco

State Trustee, Alisal Union School District

Dr. Maria G. Ott

​Superintendent, Rowland Unified School District

... and a host of education, law enforcement, health, and counseling leaders

Break-Out Sessions

Introduction to Cultural Proficiency: Knowing the Four Tools

This interactive session introduces participants to the concept of cultural proficiency through the use of the Four Tools. The tools are introduced through text-based discussions and reflective conversations and dialogues. Participants develop an awareness of the definitions and descriptions of culturally proficient practices.

Delores Lindsey and Richard S. Martinez

Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge: Cultural Proficiency and Deep Change

Integral to a thriving school system is purposeful change that makes learning about cultural groups, their experiences and perspectives essential practices of the system. Culturally-proficient organizations incorporate strategies to leverage equitable organizational change. Participants in this session will examine the practicalities of employing organizational change strategies and methods that facilitate second order change that leads to equitable practices in schools.

Franklin CampbellJones and Brenda CampbellJones

One School, One Voice, One World

Milton, Ontario, Canada is unique for being the fastest growing community in the world! The Canadian census shows that this growth is not only huge, but diverse experiencing a change in visible minority citizens of over 780% in the last five years. Managing a high school in this vastly changing context highlights problems that the town of Milton has never experienced. Basing the planning on the theory that to "predict and prevent" is always better than to "respond and react", this presentation looks at how the staff and students of Milton District High School have accepted this challenge and created a climate of cultural proficiency culminating in a student conference attended by over 1800 students! The presentation deals with not only theory of change, but the practical examples of how this school has risen to the challenge of cultural change.

Ian Jones

Transforming the Cultural Environment of a School of Nursing

This session describes the journey toward cultural proficiency in a health science center school of nursing. Beginning with examination of the school's vision and mission, the faculty sought to embed the principles of cultural proficiency in all aspects of the school. Challenges, opportunities, lessons, and rewards are described by school administrators, faculty, and students.

Adrianne Dill Linton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Hilda Mejia Abreu, MPA, Diana Beckmann- Mendez, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, Odette Farias, BSN, RN, Ruth B. Grubesic, DrPH, PHCNS-BC, Norma Martinez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Delia Silvas, Joshua Stevens, Theresa Villarreal, RN, MSN

Looking Backward to Look Forward: Effective Leadership for Equity

Kikanza, Ray and Randy will describe and discuss their experiences-- spanning over 4 decades --of in working with issues of access, equity and diversity and their unique perspectives on effective leadership. The session will be characterized by a discussion among them of their experiences together as well as their individual experiences that inform their views. Participants will witness three friends as they discuss their life experiences and will be invited to join in the conversation in a manner that demonstrates the life-long journey of cultural proficiency.

Kikanza J. Nuri, Raymond D. Terrell and Randall B. Lindsey

Culturally Proficient Collaboration: Use and Misuse of School Counselors

This interactive session uses the Tools of Cultural Proficiency aligned with the framework of the Transforming School Counseling Initiative to:

  • Understand the changing role of 21st century school counselors from "gatekeepers" of the status quo to transformers of individual and systemic disparities and inequities in schools,
  • Provide a context for developing school leadership teams inclusive of administrators, teachers, and school counselors, and
  • Initiate reflective dialogue and apply new insights in our collaborative work to better serve the needs of all students.

Diana Stephens

A Culturally Proficient Approach to Serving the Community

The Oxnard Police Department is one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to implement the Cultural Proficiency Model. We will share our experiences in developing and implementing our cultural proficiency training and how this "inside-out approach" has improved police-community relations.

Eric Sonstegard, Scott Whitney and Peter Martinez

Beating the Odds: Using an Assets-Based Approach to Close the Predictable Gap of Low-Performing Demographic Groups

Michelle and Katie will share their experiences on impacting achievement and culture at historically low-performing schools. They will report how school reform can take place with a focus on cultural proficiency, instructional improvement, staff efficacy and structures for analyzing data.

Michelle Karns and Katie Curry

Introduction to Cultural Proficiency: Knowing the Four Tools

This interactive session introduces participants to the concept of Cultural Proficiency through the use of the Four Tools. The Tools are introduced through text-based discussions and reflective conversations and dialogues. Participants develop an awareness of the definitions and descriptions of culturally proficient practices.

Linda Jungwirth and Jarvis Pahl

Culturally Proficient Instruction: Changing Yourself, Changing Your Practice

As a participant in this session you will engage in conversations about self in relation to your professional practice. By committing yourself to a practice of excellence on behalf of all learners, you are committing yourself to ongoing processes of self-reflection, self-assessment, and self-improvement. This session will guide you in using the lens of cultural proficiency to examine instructional strategies and materials. Participants will also engage as a community of learners to learn the value of a community working together for what it cares about. The session will focus on the inside-out approach for culturally proficient instructional practices.

Kikanza J. Nuri and Delores Lindsey

The Challenges of Higher Education in the Conversations of Cultural Proficiency

Stories from the field: A discussion about infusing cultural proficiency in the life of higher education. What are the challenges, pitfalls and land mines? A short presentation and discussion with a focus on "What to do?" will be included.

Cindy Jew, Ph.D

Culturally Proficient Schools and Communities: A Continuum of Practice for Transformational Leaders.

In this session important tools will be shared for developing culturally proficient practices in the self and others. These tools are featured in the forthcoming publication, A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School: Leadership for Equity (Corwin, 2011), by Drs. Carmella Franco, Maria Ott, and Darline Robles. In the book these tools emerge as guideposts or important "lessons learned" along the professional journeys of three celebrated Latina superintendents, who early in their lives, developed a personal moral imperative for social justice. The presenters recount in their lessons how they used their early perspectives to develop intentional leadership for school equity and social justice. This session focuses on five specific behavioral standards to develop in the self and others that lead to personal and organizational cultural proficiency in schools and school districts. The presenters then apply the five behavioral standards, or "Five Essential Elements" to a Cultural Proficiency Continuum of beliefs, policies and practices that need to be in place to develop and maintain a service paradigm for equity, more than equality, and for better meeting the needs of underserved stakeholders in the schools and communities we serve.

Carmella S. Franco, Ed. D., Maria G. Ott, Ph.D., Darline P. Robles, Ph.D. and Stephanie M. Graham

Culturally Proficient Learning Communities: Confronting Inequities Through Collaborative Curiosity

In this interactive session, participants review and deepen understanding of the tools of Cultural Proficiency aligned with collaborative learning communities, and explore the development and use of breakthrough questions to confront negative questions and conversations. Breakthrough questioning is introduced through text-based discussions, reflective conversations and dialogues, and reframing negative scenarios through crafting of breakthrough questions.

Linda Jungwirth and Jarvis Pahl

Inside Out: A Collaborative Journey to Culturally Proficient Schools

The Westminster School District's journey began in 1947 with the Mendez vs. Westminster court decision. Come join us and learn about how we've used the collaborative process to move toward our goal of cultural proficiency and educational excellence for all students.

Richard Tauer, Linda Baxter, Christine Fullerton and Orqui Acosta-Hathaway

Building Parent Involvement With a Culturally Welcoming Environment

This workshop will provide an overview of how our district is strengthening plans and practices to build relationships with families to increase parent involvement. The focus of this workshop will be on:

  • Building Participation in Parent Programs
  • Finding and Empowering Key Players
  • Creating Partnerships, and
  • Recognizing Participants

Awareness of effective strategies will be shared at a district and school site level.

Teri Rocco and Dr. Lorena Sanchez

Laws, Policies and Practical Guidance to Prevent Cyberbullying

This will be an interactive session in which participants will acquire a firm understanding of the laws and policies that should guide students when using technology. We will discuss the responsibilities of parents, school employees and administrators and will focus on the techniques and tools they can use to help students develop good cyber-citizenship. This session will incorporate several factual scenarios that will stimulate discussion and allow the participants to reflect on both the legal and ethical issues involved in students' use of technology.

Karen Meyers and Randy Kolset

Making a Difference in Schools

How does a school allocate resources to respond to shifting demographics and increased accountability measures in what was a traditional homogenous community? Walnut Canyon Middle School in Moorpark, CA. received a grant to implement Technology, Visual and Performing Arts and Multicultural Awareness training in the classrooms. At the same time, school leaders decided to focus on a shift in the demographic groups at the school. This session is the story of how Walnut Canyon began the work of focusing on the response to differences at their school. Beginning with the Leadership Team and then expanding to the teachers and classified staff, Walnut Canyon's story is unique but also applicable to other schools that are willing to begin the work of creating a culturally proficient school.

Dr. Keith Myatt will have a conversation with the two Grants Directors and a teacher from Walnut Canyon School. They will share the steps taken to examine how the
school community's attitudes toward cultural proficiency impacted their expectations and interactions with each student and their families. Participants will benefit from hearing how the cultural shifts and the inside-out work of cultural proficiency is having an effect at Walnut Canyon.

Leslie de los Santos, Nema Pierce and Keith Myatt​

What the Participants are Saying...

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"Educators are responsible for student progress across the achievement continuum, from struggling to advanced. Knowledge of culturally proficient practices builds our capacity to respond effectively. Our goal is to reduce barriers to learning"
          Sandra Lapham
          Director of Instructional Services,
          Orange County Department of Education

"The Cultural Proficiency Institute once again served as an effective learning community where educators and other professionals from Orange County and across North America shared inclusive and equitable approaches and experiences in working with their diverse communities."
          Randall B. Lindsey

“At the Cultural Proficiency Institute we were encouraged to be reflective and take perspectives that helped us grow our understanding so that we can build on the strengths of our clients rather than focus only on deficits. "
          L. Vezzuto, Ph.D.

“Diversity is the engine that drives the machine of our great country. The ability to recognize the vital role of diversity in society and the workplace is what distinguishes true leaders and assures the success of an organization."
          Manny Medrano
          Emmy Award-Winning Television Journalist, Trial Attorney and Law Professor

“Each year, I come away reenergized after attending the Cultural Proficiency Institute. I always learn something new and I value the opportunity to converse and share with other educators and non-educators who are intent on addressing culture and being a part of changing the status quo."
          Katie, Educator​