During the 2018-2019 school year, Norwood's faculty have been examining the essential question, “How do we improve our inclusive teaching practices?” Setting the stage for this year-long exploration was a two-day visit in August with national diversity expert and trainer Rosetta Lee. Norwood first started working with Rosetta in 2015, and since then she has worked closely with our community to explore topics related to identity development and cultural competence. During her most recent visit, Rosetta led the following sessions for our faculty and staff:

  • Cultural Competence and Inclusive Teaching Practice (all faculty and staff)
  • Culturally Competent Organizational Leadership (Adminstrative Team, Principals, and the Diversity Leadership Council)
  • Inclusive Classroom Practice 2.0 (faculty break-out sessions by grade)
  • Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop (all faculty and staff)
  • Implicit and Unconscious Bias (open session for faculty and staff)
  • Open Faculty Dinner Session
    • Rosetta Lee with Billy Vargas (left) and Matthew Gould

What Is Cultural Competence?

Cultural competence is the application of a defined set of values, principles, skills, attitudes, policies, and behaviors that enable individuals and groups to work effectively across cultures. Cultural competence is a developmental process (and continuum) that evolves over time for both individuals and organizations.

– National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.