Mission, Goals, and Strategy
The mission of the Winston-Salem State University Cultural Competence Breakthrough Series Collaborative is to increase the cultural and linguistic competence of early childhood professionals in order to provide culturally and linguistically responsive family engagement, teaching, and assessments, in addition to promoting culturally and linguistically responsive programs and state policies.
The WSSU Cultural Competence Breakthrough Series Collaborative goals are:
- Family and Community Engagement
Engage families, children, and communities to accurately learn about, be informed by and respond to the social and cultural backgrounds of children and families.
- Professional Development
Commit to ongoing reflection and action on cultural differences that affect attitudes, beliefs, methods, and practices in the classroom and administration of the early childhood program.
- Teachers and Classrooms
Demonstrate awareness of how cultural groups and communities nurture a growing child to ensure his/her survival and optimal development by continuously creating responsive classroom and teaching practices that support every child's success.
- Program and System Policies
Develop organizational capacity and commitment to value culture in ways that transform policies, practices, and teaching to ensure the ability to function as culturally and linguistically competent organizations.
The implementation of the WSSU Cultural Competence Breakthrough Series Collaborative includes a three-pronged strategy to improve the cultural competence of the early childhood workforce – including culturally responsive program policies, teaching practices, and family engagement.
Phase One: Development of the Cultural Competence Breakthrough Series Collaborative Leadership Team, Expert Panel, Curriculum Development and Learning Team preparation.
Phase Two: Recruitment and orientation of Learning Teams, implementation of learning sessions, and action periods.
Phase Three: Training and practicum for technical assistance providers, support via online formats, and final documentation and evaluation of the Curriculum and project. The Cultural Competence BCS will continue until 2015. Some of the outcomes of the project include: cultural competence curriculum, recommendations for early childhood public policies, issue briefs and resources, and a cadre of professional development specialists certified in cultural competence.
To learn more or get involved visit the Cultural Competence BSC official website.