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The Cultural Proficiency Manifesto

The Cultural Proficiency Manifesto
Finding Clarity Amidst the Noise

Foreword by Stephanie Graham Rivas

© 2017 | 120 pages | Corwin
A call-to-arms for educators in tumultuous times

In times of social disruption and uncertainty, we must return to our core values and remember why we entered education in the first place: to make a difference in the lives of all children. Cultural Proficiency can provide us with essential tools for acting on the promise of American public schooling.

The Cultural Proficiency Manifesto places today’s political divisiveness in the context of greater historical change and provides a roadmap to interrupting the cycle of hostility towards marginalized groups. Readers will find:
Esteemed author Randall Lindsey’s latest thinking on Cultural Proficiency
A deliberately brief format that unpacks the Cultural Proficiency Framework and offers practical guidance 
Tools and guiding principles to help educators move their school community toward inclusivity 
Prompts for individual reflection and team dialogue

Now more than ever, our students need educators to uphold our commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion for all. 
"Lindsey's manifesto is a call to action for educators to ensure we are creating culturally responsive environments to support all learners. It teaches us how to authentically engage in the work of educating our wonderfully diverse population."
—Julie A. Vitale, Superintendent
Romoland School District, CA

“This manifesto is indeed timely and essential. Dr. Lindsey's vast experience as an expert and leader in cultural proficiency reminds us that now is the time to acknowledge and address the vast number of diversity, equity, and social justice issues at hand."
—Kenneth R. Magdaleno, Executive Director
Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research

About the Author
Chapter 1: Purpose of This Manifesto
My Perspective  
My Concern  
The Cultural Proficiency Framework as a Road Map  
Technical and Adaptive Change  
Expressions of Bigotry Can Be Motivational  
Design of This Book  
Chapter 2: A Brief History of Inequity and Equity: A Tsunami Warning
Lesson Learned #1  
Cycles of Disruption as Levers for Change: A Tsunami Warning  
Inequities Are on Our Doorsteps for Us to Address  
The Silver Lining of Equity in Our Founding Documents  
Lesson Learned #2  
More About Achievement Gaps  
The Myth of Failing Public Schools  
School Reform from 1980s to Present  
Going Deeper  
Dialogic Activity  
Chapter 3: History and Hope for Changing Schools
Education Language and the Power of “Why?”  
Lesson Learned #3  
Transformative Change  
The Achievement Gap Is Not New  
Into the Second Century of Education Reform: The “Why?” Question  
Amidst the Noise Is Clarity  
Going Deeper  
Dialogic Activity  
Chapter 4: The Cultural Proficiency Framework
Culturally Proficient Leadership  
Lesson Learned #4  
The Tools of Cultural Proficiency  
The Cultural Proficiency Conceptual Framework as a Guide  
Barriers vs. Cultural Assets: The Tension for Change  
Transforming the Culture of School  
Going Deeper  
Dialogic Activity  
Chapter 5: Resistance to Change: The Anger–Guilt Continuum
Surfacing Privilege and Entitlement  
Reflections on Entitlement: A Mystic Elementary School Conversation  
Reflective Activity  
Carrying Our Learning Forward  
Going Deeper  
Dialogic Activity  
Chapter 6: Going Forward Takes Commitment and Effort: It Always Has
The Blaring of Trumpets  
PHASE 1: The Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency  
Nine Key Questions for Reflection and Dialogue  
Use Internal Assets and Be Intentional  
PHASE 2: The Essential Elements of Cultural Competence  
Going Deeper  
Dialogic Activity  
Chapter 7: My Final Thoughts and, Then, Your Turn
Two-Phase Process—Guiding Principles and Essential Elements  
Closing Comments  

"Dr. Lindsey's Manifesto is a call to action for educators to ensure we are creating culturally responsive educational environments to support all learners and teaches us how to authentically engage in the work of educating our wonderfully diverse population."

Dr. Julie A. Vitale, Superintendent
Romoland School District

"Dr. Lindsey makes a clear and passionate case for the need for social justice to be moved to the forefront for all of us. He makes it an imperative for all to move beyond word to actions and to become leaders in setting a equitable future for all."

Raymond Terrell, Interim Chair Teacher (Education)
Miami University of Ohio

"This latest book by Randall Lindsey offers educators paths to hope in the new normal following the 2016 elections. Amidst the cacophony of this ‘noise’ he challenges us to surface privilege and entitlements through tools of cultural proficiency in service of all students. All educators owe it to themselves and the children they teach to rise above the ‘noise’ and find the clarity this book offers. "

Dr. Rosemary Papa, Professor of Comparative and International Education and Leadership
Soka University of America

"The recent adoption of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the 2015 reauthorization of ESEA which replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB), reasserts the federal focus on all students being academically successful. However, attention to addressing the needs of the diversity in America's classrooms has not been mandated, introduced, or discussed. Professional development, and professional dialogue around the tools of The Conceptual Framework for Culturally Proficient Practice, can provide a bridge to support school leaders in developing a relationship with their community as they improve access and equity to quality educational experience for America's children."

Dr. Patricia Horton, Principal
Colton Joint Unified School District

"A must read for those perplexed with the current political rhetoric. Through an autobiographical approach, Dr. Lindsey brings clarity of purpose and productive action in creating environment where ALL students can be successful."

Dr. Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra, Superintendent of Schools
Escondido Union School District

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