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Cultural Competence and the Achievement Gap

May 20, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Schools are a hot topic throughout the nation as resources for schools dwindle, and conversations around standardized testing continue. Today we talk about cultural competency in schools.

According to a 2012, 50-state report of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, 74% of Caucasian males graduate high school in our state today. In contrast, 55% of black males and 56% of Latino males graduate from high schools in Washington.

We talk about why this gap is a growing concern in our schools and what we may be able to do as community members, parents, administrators and teachers to help ALL of our children do their best in school.


  • Cynthia Davis-Vanloo, mother of a high-school-aged son in the public schools.
  • Dr. Tyrone Howard, Professor of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA and author of the book, Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools.
  • Fran Davidson, a Seattle Central Community College faculty in Child and Family Studies and Consultant and Coach in Early Childhood Education

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