Standard IV. Cultural Competency and Equity in the Classroom
The unit designs, implements, and evaluates curriculum and provides experiences for candidates to acquire and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions including cultural competency necessary to help all students learn equitably. Assessments indicate that candidates can demonstrate and apply proficiencies related to cultural competency and equitable student achievement. Experiences provided for candidates include working with diverse populations, including higher education and p–12 school faculty, candidates, and students in p–12 schools. A cohort of candidates and faculty from diverse groups informs the unit’s curriculum, pedagogy, and field experiences in culturally meaningful ways. Diverse faculty and peers assist candidates in addressing teaching and learning from multiple perspectives and different life experiences. The unit provides for different voices in the professional development and work of the education profession. The greater range of cultural backgrounds and experiences among faculty and candidates enhances understanding of cultural competency and equity in the classroom.