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The Cultural Proficiency Journey

Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change

Focusing on ethical decision making, this compelling book shows how to develop a deeper personal understanding of cultural differences and strengthen equitable practices in schools and districts.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412977944
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2010
  • Page Count: 144
  • Publication date: July 03, 2012

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"This book is a magnificent contribution for advancing change! The Culturally Proficient Journey is one that we must all take if we truly care about and have the will to make a difference in the lives of all children. The authors have provided us with a road map for the journey. The rest is up to us."
—Ruth S. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Education Leadership
California State University, Los Angeles

Because equitable education for every child is a moral imperative!

Providing an excellent education to every child is truly a personal, ethical, and professional obligation for educators, requiring profound change by organizations and individuals. Recognizing that true change begins from within, this compelling book shows how educators can develop a deeper personal understanding of cultural difference while building healthy schools that honor diversity.

The authors guide readers to greater awareness of their own underlying values, beliefs, and assumptions about difference, whether based on ethnicity, ability, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation. Readers will learn how to better identify and remove barriers to equity in their classrooms, schools, and districts. This resource provides:

  • An approach to cultural proficiency as a framework for moral action that is grounded in leading thought on ethics and organizational development
  • Reflective exercises for individual study, group learning, and collaborative work
  • Richly detailed case studies that present challenging dilemmas for critical self-reflection and group discussions

Gain a new perspective on cultural difference while developing a strong framework for ethical decision-making on equity issues!

Key features

  • A thorough treatment of cultural diversity as a moralistic approach for profound school change.
  • Grounded in key works on organizational change, cultural proficiency, and ethics.
  • Includes a series of authentic ethical dilemmas for personal reflection and group discussion.
  • Includes three richly-detailed case studies based on real school events.




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Franklin CampbellJones

Franklin CampbellJones, is Vice President of CampbellJones & Associates. He facilitates professional learning with school systems as they apply the tenets of cultural proficiency to their policies and practice. His work extends throughout the United States and Canada.

Dr. CampbellJones served as high school teacher in the areas of secondary reading and social science. He was a high school administrator as well as a project director for a nationally acclaimed teacher recruitment program. CampbellJones was curriculum program director for the California School Leadership Academy a flagship professional learning community in the state of California that advanced leadership skills for practicing school principals and superintendents. He served as associate professor of education administration at California State University, Los Angeles and Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Franklin is published in scholarly and professional journals. He is co-author of The Culturally Proficient School: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders and The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change.

Dr. CampbellJones earned the Masters Degree and Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.

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Brenda CampbellJones

Brenda CampbellJones, Ph.D, CEO She provides professional development, and technical assistance to school districts throughout the United States. Dr. CampbellJones gives keynote address internationally and nationally on culturally responsiveness in diverse communities. Dr. CampbellJones is published in scholarly and professional journals. She has served as principal of an award winning middle school, teacher, state and national staff development facilitator.
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Randall B. Lindsey

Randall B. Lindsey is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has served as a teacher, an administrator, executive director of a non-profit corporation, as Interim Dean at California Lutheran University, as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Pepperdine University, and as Chair of the Education Department at the University of Redlands. All of Randy’s experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. His Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, his Master of Arts in Teaching is in History Education from the University of Illinois, and his B.S. in Social Science Education is from Western Illinois University. He has served as a junior high school and high school teacher and as an administrator in charge of school desegregation efforts. At Cal State, L.A. he served as Chair of the Division of Administration and Counseling and as Director of the Regional Assistance Centers for Educational Equity, a regional race desegregation assistance center. With co-authors he has written several books and articles on applying the Cultural Proficiency Framework in various contexts.

Email – randallblindsey@gmail.com
Website - CCPEP.org
Twitter - @RBLindsey41
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Linda C. Tillman



About the Authors

Part I. Cultural Proficiency and Morality

1. Oakland Hills

Oakland Hills School District Mission

Oakland Hills Schools

Oakland Hills Dilemma as Emblematic

Barriers to Cultural Proficiency

2. The Tools of Cultural Proficiency

Moral Consciousness

Cultural Proficiency Is a Moral Consciousness Process

The Guiding Principles: Moral Foundation

Barriers to Cultural Proficiency

The Cultural Proficiency Continuum

The Essential Elements

Cultural Proficiency Conceptual Framework

3. Values, Assumptions, and Beliefs Guide Our Actions

The Ladder of Inference

What I Value Most

Dialogic Conversation

Beliefs Inventory

Going Deeper

4. Morality: Motivation, Purpose, and Intent

Moral Purpose

Intent: Ought and Will

Mastering the Dilemma

Part II. Case Studies: From Reflection to Action

5. Barrier 1: Systems of Oppression

Case 1. A Superintendent’s Predicament


Case 2. Family First

Questions for Discussion

6. Barrier 2: Resistance to Change

Case 3. Science Lesson

Questions for Discussion

Case 4. Public Announcement

Questions for Discussion

Left-Hand/Right-Hand: Drilling Deeper

7. Barrier 3: A Sense of Privilege and Entitlement

Case 5. Heart Condition

Questions for Discussion

Case 6. Early America

Questions for Discussion

Heuristic Reflection


Further Readings




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