Cultural Proficiency is simply a lens to examine our work and interactions with other people. Likewise it is the way a person or organizations make assumptions about describing, responding, and planning for issues that arise in diverse environments. It is a way to understand and talk about differences that respectfully recognizes individuals and their cultures. It occurs on an continuum ranging from Cultrual Destructiveness- which means difficulty embracing difference to Cultural Proficiency- which means affirming and positively responding to difference.
This framework is broad and goes beyond the METCO Program and race. It helps us to further explore the multiple dimensions of equity, diversity, and inclusion within our school communities. All students are valued as assets regardless of learning styles, social customs, home languages, gender, religion and socioeconomic status.