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Fostering Cultural Competence: Using Children’s Literature to Talk About Difficult Issues in K-12 Classrooms

April 16, 2015

Presented by Nancy L. Mullin, MEd.

You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about cultural competence—but what is it really?…and do all students need the same skills and strategies to achieve it? You may not be surprised to hear that a lot of school bullying is based on biases about gender stereotypes; racial or ethnic identity; social class and privilege; physical appearance (e.g. obesity), disabilities, or religion. But talking frankly to students (or to colleagues and parents) about these issues can be an intimidating task. This webinar will focus on ways literature can help broach sensitive topics with students. We’ll also explore a strategy for examining our own strongly held assumptions about others that can be used with students and adults alike.

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