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Developing Your Cultural Awareness

Overview

Developing cultural awareness as an educator is an ongoing process that includes building empathy for diverse learners, intentionally recognizing how one's own identity intersects with learners' identities, and creating an awareness of how the environment can impact learners' Sense of Belonging. This is an active process that often requires self-reflection, training, coaching support, and peer collaboration to identify how explicit and implicit bias shows up in oneself, in the curriculum, and in broader systems. When educators work towards developing critical awareness of different cultures and perspectives, they can actively work to mitigate Stereotype Threat and build authentic relationships with learners. Tools to support developing cultural awareness build on understanding learners' strengths, and incorporating their perspectives and cultures thoughtfully into lesson design.

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