Cultural Competence and School System Challenges with Dr. Shaana Berman – Episode 75

Cultural competence means that we first understand a sense of who we are and what we bring so that we can have a clear understanding of any bias that could impact a valid assessment of a child’s true potential. In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor is joined by Dr. Shaana Berman about cultural competence and challenges within the school system. Shaana is a board-certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience, working directly with children who have autism and other conditions that impact behavior and learning. Together, Graham and Shaana discuss the challenges experienced with regards to race and socioeconomic status, the protections for parents and for students with special needs, the importance of the assessment process, recognition of the educational achievement gap, and finally a positive example of schools with high levels of performance and some of the ways they achieved success for each student. It starts with knowing yourself. We're setting the framework from which they will work for the rest of their lives and see themselves in terms of their own self meaning.


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