Educators to discuss the importance of cultural competence and racial awareness in K-12 Schools
Serving all children in a socially just learning environment will be the topic of a symposium sponsored by the Center for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands’ School of Education on Thursday, February 17.
The symposium, “Culturally Proficient, Culturally Responsive Learning Environments,” will examine how educators can infuse culture and race into discussions about student achievement, how to develop culturally proficient leadership and K-12 education that can foster culturally responsive instruction.
The evening will feature several speakers, including:
• Delores Lindsey, Professor of Educational Administration, California State University, San Marcos
• Carole A. Cobb, K-12 Instructional Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
• Dale Rosine, Mountain View School District
• Scott Wyatt, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office
Jose Lalas, director of the Center for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands who organized and will moderate the symposium, emphasized that “educators must be on the front lines of closing the education achievement gap between races and cultures. This forum offers opportunities to learn about building awareness, finding appropriate classroom strategies and how school leadership can help win the ongoing battle for educational justice.”
“Despite the strides public education has made in the last decades there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done so that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in public education,” he said.
The evening seminar is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Redlands in Gregory Hall, Room 161. It is open to teachers, administrators, aides, private and public education professionals and those interested in educational justice. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Martin Bright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-748-8815.
The School of Education at the University of Redlands has a unique focus on educational justice, from the doctoral level with its Ed.D. in Educational Justice to courses and programs throughout the School. Its Center for Educational Justice sponsors symposiums throughout the year and an annual conference each July to explore educational issues.