NAIS PoCC 2018 Cultural Competency

NAIS People of Color Conference 2018

Old School Diversity to

21st Century Cultural Competency

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Institutional Level Resources:

Book Recommendations:

Diversity in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner - recently published handbook from the National Association of Independent Schools.  A combination of chapters, articles, sidebars, and case studies that come together to holistically support diversity work in independent schools.  Useful for all constituencies of the school, particularly heads, administration, and diversity leaders.

Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele - The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.  Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.

Understanding Youth Michael Nakkula and Eric Toshalis - Adolescent development research and theory have tremendous potential to inform the work of high school teachers, counselors, and administrators. Understanding Youth bridges the gap between adolescent development theory and practice. Nakkula and Toshalis explore how factors such as social class, peer and adult relationships, gender norms, and the media help to shape adolescents sense of themselves and their future expectations and aspirations.

Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan Johnson - This brief book is a groundbreaking tool for students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, Johnson links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it. This extraordinarily successful book has been used across the country, both inside and outside the classroom, to shed light on issues of power and privilege.

Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman - One of the most influential books about children ever published, Nurture Shock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library's worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live. Among the topics covered: When is it too soon - or too late - to teach a child about race? Children in diverse schools are less likely to have a cross-racial friendship, not more - so is school diversity backfiring? Millions of families are fighting to get their kids into private schools and advanced programs as early as possible. But schools are missing the best kids, 73% of the time - the new neuroscience explains why. Why are kids - even those from the best of homes - still aggressive and cruel? The answer is found in a rethinking of parental conflict, discipline, television's unexpected influence, and social dominance.

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