Creating a Culturally Proficient School System by Leveraging Technology as a Catalyst for Change
Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools has strategically focused on using an inside-out examination approach to redefine their district and provide an underlying systemic framework that drives their decision making - including their technology decisions. We will examine how Burnsville-Eagan-Savage educators are leveraging technology to shift instructional practices to collaborative, studentcentered learning environments and how focusing on their values, beliefs & assumptions has fundamentally changed the culture in their buildings and classrooms. Our Cultural Proficiency Continuum is a tool used to identify and discuss policies, decisions, practices, and norms that are Culturally Destructive to our community and provides guidance on how we can shift to Culturally Competent practices that honor and support the learners in their schools. Leave with a heightened understanding of how a system’s culture supports or sabotages educational technology efforts; along with tools to drive organizational decision making.