Leading with Diversity

Cultural Competencies for Teacher Preparation and Professional Development

This report from the Education Alliance at Brown University provides research-based information on cultural competencies to help inform the design of professional development. This resource is designed for higher education, state-, and district-level educators and professional developers who are preparing teachers to work with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This guide draws together three sets of teacher cultural competencies in the areas of culture, language, and race and ethnicity, along with supporting research and resources.  These competencies have been advocated by educators or endorsed through initiatives and reports by numerous national organizations, including Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).


Trumbull, E., & Pacheco, M. (2005).  Leading diversity: cultural competencies for teacher preparation and professional development This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.. Providence, R.I., The Education Alliance at Brown University.

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