Teaching with a Cultural Eye Institute

October’s Teaching With A Cultural Eye Institute has been cancelled.  Please stay tuned for information on rescheduling.


Teaching With A Cultural Eye is a two-day, nonresidential institute for new or experienced teachers, principals, and administrators interested in moving equity to the center of instructional practice.

The Teaching With A Cultural Eye Institute addresses the increasing need for educators to develop the skills and awareness necessary to successfully interact with students and families from diverse backgrounds, and to integrate that awareness into their teaching and leadership practice.

Participants examine the ways that their own cultural identities influence their interactions with students, parents, and colleagues.

Find out more about the Teaching With A Cultural Eye Framework.

Topics include:

  • Cultural Competence Begins With Self-Reflection. Build cultural awareness through self-reflection of our collective experiences and identities (race, ethnicity, socio-economic, gender, sexual orientation, language).
  • Building a Learning Partnership. Learn strategies for building personal connections with all students to support deeper learning.
  • Formative Assessments. Explore the connection between strong learning partnerships and effective use of formative assessments to close learning gaps.
  • Seeing the Invisible: Systemic Oppression, Cultural Synchronicity, and Cultural Competence. Understand the connection between systemic oppression and the lack of cultural synchronicity in many classrooms.



Participants explore:

  • Your own cultural identity and how it shapes your practice as an educator
  • The conceptual and socio-cultural underpinnings (race, cultural competence) of learning experiences from the students’ perspective
  • The value of listening and providing opportunities for students to be active problem solvers
  • The four dimensions of cultural competency; self awareness, community (affective), learning (cognitive) and mastery (socio-political)


Learn strategies to:

  • Build teacher-student relationships as partnerships for learning
  • Create opportunities for listening to students and catalyzing student voice in the classroom
  • Use formative assessment to nurture student self-directed learning and agency
  • Manage and create a positive group dynamic in your classroom
  • Create engaging and effective learning experiences that are culturally responsive


Participants Say:

“This has been one of the most valuable activities I’ve participated in for a long time.  I felt uncomfortable, challenged, and inspired.  This will make a major difference in my classroom!”  – Kathryn LaMance, 6th Grade Teacher, Knox County Schools, TN

“[I learned] how to integrate my understanding and practice of cultural competence into specific teaching moves that might address the needs of my lowest performing students.” – Bob Adams Teacher / Math Chair, Portola Middle School, El Cerrito, CA

“I feel like this was a missing piece from teacher training. Many teachers go into the field with social justice and equity at the forefront yet are not equipped to really affect change. This training gave me the tools and framework to couple with the intentions.” – Wendy Lu-Carrol, Special Ed Teacher, MLK, Jr. Middle School, Berkeley, CA

Participant Reflections from Teaching With A Cultural Eye
October 2010

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