Teachers may be reluctant to engage in culturally relevant practices because they realize they don’t know enough about their students’ cultures to address them meaningfully.
We are working to help teachers develop Hispanic cultural competence in the state of Texas. We will have a digital course available to districts to provide support to their teachers as they try to develop in the area of cultural competence.
However, becoming “culturally competent” takes time and requires teachers to position themselves as learners. There are some resources out there that can get us all get a head start in this race.
The article, Why does Culturally Irrelevant Teaching Persists, discusses this arena and the need for teacher support. Read the whole article at