Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness

Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness in AISD

Cultural Proficiency is when an adult understands that their personal culture and background impacts the students they work with. Inclusiveness is a way of being that shows respect, understanding and acceptance; in which diversity is valued as an asset within the AISD community. This page is designed as a Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness clearinghouse for the AISD staff community.

Overview

Established in Austin ISD in 2010–11, Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness works to embed depth of thought and action among adult educators. The goal of Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness is to embed CP&I into the work of the school district, and to provide professional learning sessions on how to interact with students and their families in a manner that considers the diverse needs of all.

Statement

Embed CP&I into the work of the school district.

Plan

Provide ongoing, meaningful professional learning opportunities for AISD staff to engage in critical self-reflection on their interaction with students and their families in a manner that considers the diverse needs of all.

Principals' Council on Race and Equity

The Principals' Council on Race and Equity was formed in the 2013–14 school year, after ten AISD principals attended an Undoing Racism workshop at Kealing Middle School in June 2013. The council continues to meet quarterly, and are dedicated to building their capacity using the equity lens as a mirror. The goal of the Principals' Council is to grow the number of AISD staff who approach work with students and their families using the equity lens as a mirror.

No Place For Hate

AISD's Whole Child/Every Child focus includes a plan for integrating the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate campaign.

The campaign highlights student coalitions that plan and implement projects and activities, resulting in students owning the projects and being responsible for enacting the campaign's main beliefs.

No Place for Hate was developed to help schools work together and develop projects that enhance the appreciation of diversity, and foster harmony amongst diverse groups. The campaign empowers schools to promote respect for both individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry.

More information about No Place for Hate can be found on the Anti-Defamation League's website.

No Place for Hate supports and aligns with Social and Emotional Learning.

What are AISD campuses doing?

There are many ways to engage students in developing No Place for Hate activities at your campus. You can meet with students during advisory, engage student leadership or create a lunch group. Choose a strategy that works for your students and your campus, but the goal is to form a Student Coalition that is responsible for making recommendations and deciding what activities your campus will submit to the Anti-Defamation League every school year.

The Council on CP&I works with various institutions and organizations to dialogue and problem solve city-wide on the need to improve outcomes for the students of our community. Some of our partners are listed below.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) casatravis.org/

Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities - Texas Health and Human Services Commission Austin - (local): 512-424-6873, Toll-free: 877-316-2822

People's Institute for Survival and Beyond pisab.org

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) saalt.org/

Transforming Schools for a Multicultural Society (Transforms) - Sarah W. Nelson email: swnelson@txstate.edu and Patricia L. Guerra email: pg16@txstate.edu

Anti-Defamation League regions.adl.org/southwest/programs/

Center for the Healing of Racism centerhealingracism.org/programs_and_services0.aspx

Jigsaw Classroom jigsaw.org/

Teaching Tolerance - Mix it Up Activities tolerance.org/mix-it-up/activity