Diversity, Equity, and Cultural Competence (DECC)

What You'll Learn

  • About culture and its predominant impact on individuals and groups of people .
  • How the dominant culture can enjoy privilege and oppress individuals and groups of people
  • To expose and address inequity in the educational system
  • To collaborate purposefully with individuals and groups from other cultures
  • To create and support policies and practices that give rise to culturally sensitive and equitable learning environments

Who Should Apply

  • All educators
Approximate hours each

Diversity, equity, and cultural competence (DECC) is integral to being a skilled and informed educator. In today’s global and interconnected society, educators must constantly grow in their ability to teach culturally diverse students and groups.

NEA dedicates the Diversity, Equity, and Cultural Competence (DECC) micro-credentials and blended learning to the memory of Dr. Anteeatta “Tee” Archie Swims (Mississippi Association of Educators) for her tireless pursuit of social and racial justice in education and her unwavering dedication to serve all students.

 NEA acknowledges the National Center for Safe Supportive Schools (NCS3) for their review and endorsement of this micro-credential stack.

1. Exploring and Unpacking Bias
Educators will be able to define and describe implicit and explicit bias and identify how bias influences decisions, actions, and behaviors with students and families. Educators will also identify specific actions they can take to disrupt bias in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
Types of Evidence Required: Infographic, and design professional learning

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2. Exploring and Unpacking Historical Inequities in Public Education
Educators will explore and understand historical and present-day inequities in education. They will also identify how they impact schools and systems of public education as well as students and families.
Types of Evidence Required: Brochure, infographic, daily routine, currate resources and create a lesson plan

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3. Awareness of Current Institutional Inequities
Educators will identify and analyze institutional inequities that impact student outcomes, and develop action steps that can interrupt the status quo.
Types of Evidence Required: Infographic, design professional learning, and create an action plan

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4. Diversity, Equity and Cultural Competence in Classroom Instruction
Educators will develop and implement strategies to create a more culturally responsive, inclusive and equitable learning community for all students.
Types of Evidence Required: Infographic, self assessment, plan or resource, classroom vision, analysis

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5. Creating a Safe and Equitable Learning Environment
Educators will identify and implement key policy, and culturally-competent practices that lead to safe and equitable learning environments for students.
Types of Evidence Required: School climate survey, analysis, and action plan

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6. Asset-Based, Student-Centered Learning Environments
Educators will use high expectations, rigorous curriculum, and culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies to create an assets-based, student-centered learning environment.
Types of Evidence Required: Empathy Interviews, self analysis, and action plan

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