Cultural Competence in the Classroom
Nikhil Goyal is a successful high school student who, like many students
his age, hates school. But unlike most students his age, Nikhil wrote a
speech about it and delivered it to a global audience via a TEDX Youth
(2012) presentation. The central theme of the presentation is relevance
and, specifically, how schools often lack relevance to the lives of their
learners. The majority of Nikhilâ€™s story focuses on Nick Perez, a boy who
was marginalized in school and medicated to be able to adhere to the
parameters of thought and behavior expected for participation in the
school. As you view the presentation, you will learn how Nick became
disillusioned by the lack of relevancy and interest in his studies and how
his disenfranchisement eventually led him to drop out of school.
In this assignment, you will reflect on the story of Nick Perez and analyze
it based on what might have happened differently if Nickâ€™s education
targeted the learning of 21st century skills through culturally relevant
learning opportunities. Additionally, you will recommend a culturally
relevant learning experience that might have been able to meet Nickâ€™s needs
in high school. Review the Instructor Guidance for this week for additional
information and use the Ladson-Billing (1995) resource and Chapter 4 of
Wardle (2013) to define a culturally relevant learning experience; apply
this framework to the creation of solutions. Then, create your formal
written assignment to meet the content and written communication
expectations stated below.
– Video Analysis (3 points): Address the following five guiding
1. Describe a culturally relevant learning experience in which Nick
could have participated within his early high school years that may have
been able to successfully meet his academic and personal needs.
2. Using Nickâ€™s interest in computers as a form of his cultural
identity, describe the cultural competencies that were most likely taught
and/or applied within Nickâ€™s school (i.e., not the computer camp, but the
school system that Nick eventually left).
3. Examine the 4C skills (a) creativity and innovation, (b) critical
thinking and problem solving, and (c) communication and
are presented in Learning and Innovations Skills
. Determine which of these skills you perceive are most likely
relevant to Nickâ€™s current position as a programmer in an
and which of these skills you perceive are not adequately addressed in
typical classroom environments today.
4. Evaluate the relationship between the cultural competencies
identified above in item two and the learning and innovation skills
described in item three, and then consider whether cultural competencies
are represented in the 21st century skills. Describe in what ways.
5. Explain how the acquisition of learning and innovation skills
through culturally relevant learning opportunities can lead to greater
student success in the classroom and in the real world.
– Cultural Competencies References (1 point): Reference cultural
competencies in your response to the Video Analysis guiding statements.
Include examples using at least one of the following four characteristics:
1. Awareness of oneâ€™s own cultural worldview (including biases)
2. Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews
3. Positive attitudes and open-mindedness toward cultural differences
4. Ability to work successfully with others from different cultures
– Culturally Relevant Learning References (1 point): Reference
culturally relevant instruction in your response to the Video Analysis
guiding statements. Reflect strategies that align with this approach and
include at least one of the following nine areas:
1. Maximizing academic success through relevant instructional
2. Addressing cultural competence through reinforcing studentsâ€™
3. Involving students in the construction of knowledge
4. Building on studentsâ€™ interests and linguistic resources
5. Tapping home and community resources
6. Understanding studentsâ€™ cultural knowledge
7. Using interactive and constructivist teaching strategies
8. Examining the curriculum from multiple perspectives
9. Promoting critical consciousness through opportunities to
challenge predominant elements of the studentsâ€™ social norms
– 21st Century Skills Framework (1 point): Reference 21st century skills
in your response to the Video Analysis Questions to reflect the framework
developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning
*Written Communication Expectations*
– Page Requirement (.5 points): Submit three pages, not
including the title and reference pages.
– APA Formatting (.5 points): Format your paper according to APA style
as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
– Syntax and Mechanics (.5 points): Display meticulous comprehension and
organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar.
– Source Requirement (.5 points): Reference at least one scholarl
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