School Leaders Journeying Towards Cross-Cultural Competency

Anahit Falihi, Manager, Saskatoon Open Door Society
Shauna Tilbury, Coordinator, English as an Additional Language, Saskatoon Public Schools
Janet Okoko, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Saskatoon


Session participants will be introduced to the notion of culture as it relates to ethnicity and to other contexts as a basis for discussion regarding working with newcomers and their families in the school context. Using a framework of cultural proficiency, participants will self-reflect on their journey towards cross-cultural responsiveness and then, read and discuss case studies drawn from research conducted with school leaders with diverse experience.

Participants will leave with ideas and resources for strengthening their cross- cultural competency.





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