Learn best practices for promoting cultural proficiency in your school to establish communities of inclusion, creating educational equity for all students.

With ever-increasing diversity in schools and communities around the country, the need to create educational access and opportunity for every student has never been greater. Promoting cultural proficiency is an effective approach that provides the insights and tools to effectively create communities of inclusion in our schools and to boost the achievement of all students.

This two-day informative and interactive workshop is designed to give educators and administrators tools that will guide the work of cultural proficiency at the individual and school levels by outlining concrete steps for creating communities of inclusion.

Broadly speaking, cultural proficiency allows individuals and organizations to interact effectively with people who differ from them, particularly those from non-dominant cultural contexts. It is a developmental approach for addressing the issues that emerge in diverse environments. Both individuals and organizations are at various levels of awareness, knowledge and skills along a cultural proficiency continuum.

This timely and relevant workshop features CAL's Communities of Inclusion Approach, developed by our subject matter experts based on decades of research and practice working with educators of language learners in U.S. schools and with immigrant and refugee populations from around the globe.

Participants will use CAL's Communities of Inclusion Toolkit to explore stages along the continuum of cultural proficiency that represent ways of perceiving and responding to differences, recognizing other perspectives including the presence of varied types of privilege, balancing values, and creating a culture of mutual respect.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Explore their own identities and how they interact with the diversity of students and other members of their school community.
  • Immerse in interpersonal and intrapersonal conversations regarding prejudice, privilege, bias, and personal ideology.
  • Define cultural proficiency and analyze each stage of the continuum.
  • Analyze their level of cultural proficiency as an individual and as a school and identify methods for increasing cultural competence.
  • Guide conversations about cultural proficiency in their own contexts, including with adults and/or children.
  • Utilize the four Communities of Inclusion Approach reflection questions as a tool to identify action steps and resources needed to advocate for inclusive policies and practices within their own settings.
  • Implement CAL's Community of Inclusion Toolkit to promote equity in their local school contexts.

Attendees will receive an informative and useful packet of tools and strategies with hands-on guidance on how to develop an action plan for cultural proficiency that they can begin to immediate implementation in their schools.

Questions? Email CAL with any questions you may have about our offerings.


Day One
Exploring Cultural Proficiency and Inclusion

  • Building awareness of our own identities and recognizing the ideologies we bring to interacting with others.
  • Identifying the privileges and personal mindsets that each community member brings into a school setting.
  • Analyzing a continuum of cultural proficiency and how each level can impact, either positively or negatively, the quality of interactions with students and families in various contexts.
  • Exploring inclusive practices and developing methods to discuss and increase cultural proficiency, individually and as a school.
  • Utilizing CAL's Community of Inclusion Toolkit for reflection and action planning to create more equitable schooling for all students

Day Two
Creating Educational Access and Equity

  • Mediating school-based challenges rooted in issues of cultural proficiency.
  • Assessing your school's present state of cultural proficiency and understanding the impact of the various stages of a continuum of inclusion.
  • Developing effective classroom strategies and approaches, including adding cultural proficiency standards to content and language standards to help ensure educational access, equity, and social justice in your school.
  • Leveraging student, family, and community input to create access and equity in educational settings and in the community.
  • Setting individual goals and planning concrete steps for creating educational access and equity for all students, via the CAL Communities of Inclusion Toolkit.


  8:30 am –   9:00 am Breakfast and conversation
  9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning training session
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch and networking
12:45 pm –   3:30 pm Afternoon training session (including mid-afternoon dessert break)


Early bird registration by April 1, 2020: $705/person.
After April 1, 2020: $865/person.
Send 2 people or more and pay $705 each.

Cost includes all training materials (1 workbook and 2 companion videos, a retail value of $75) and breakfast and lunch each day.


This Institute will be held at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Visit our website for directions to CAL and to view a list of local hotels.

Please note that all travel arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the participant. See our policies below for more information. 

Certificate of Completion

Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion which may be used for continuing education credit.


To reserve your seat for this institute, please complete the online registration process. Please be aware that your seat at the workshop will only be confirmed once payment is received. If you are registering multiple participants, please have the name, title, school, and email addresses available before you begin the registration process. We encourage you to register as soon as possible as many workshops fill up quickly.

Before beginning the registration process, please determine your preferred method of payment (credit card, check, or purchase order). When paying by credit card using the online registration system, your seat will be immediately confirmed and you will receive a confirmation email upon successful completion of the transaction. CAL accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA. For registrations to be paid by purchase order or check, please note that your seat will be tentatively reserved until payment is received. Once the payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email. There will be a fee of $15.00 for each check returned as uncollectible. Purchase orders should be uploaded directly to the registration system or emailed to payables@cal.org. For payment by check, or to pay for purchase orders, please make the check payable to the Center for Applied Linguistics and mail to: Accounts Receivable, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Cancellation Policy
Registrants: We encourage participants to let CAL know as soon as possible if you do not plan to attend the session. Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to three (3) weeks prior to the institute start date by sending an email to solutions@cal.org. After that date, no refunds will be available. However, registrants may choose to receive the institute materials by mail, postpone their attendance to a future CAL Institute, or transfer the registration to another individual up to three (3) days prior to the course start date. Contact us to discuss your options.
CAL: CAL reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or for reasons beyond our control. If we exercise this right, we will refund any registration fees which you have paid in advance. In some instances, registrants may have the option to transfer their registration to the another event. CAL is not responsible for transportation and/or hotel costs incurred by registrant.

Fair Use of Materials
Individuals who have completed CAL trainings and workshops have permission from CAL to use materials in the course of providing professional development to educators in their school or school districts. These materials cannot be used to deliver fee-based services. Email CAL if you have questions about the use of CAL materials.

COVID-19 Contingencies Language for Additional to Professional Development (PD) Contracts
CAL’s travel policy states that there will no business travel through December 31, 2020. This policy will be reviewed for the 2021 calendar year with a decision by October 1, 2020. In the event of school closures, travel restrictions and/or a high incidence of COVID-19, the district/school will make every attempt to reschedule the equivalent hours of hours of PD in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online sessions on dates/times that are mutually agreeable. CAL attests that the PD content will be the equivalent to the face-to-face sessions and also align to best practices for virtual instruction.
In the event that the PD cannot be rescheduled to a virtual delivery model, CAL’s cancellation policy applies.

If you have questions, please contact us via email at solutions@cal.org or call 202-362-0700, Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm Eastern Time.