Cultural Competency Training
Cultural competency, defined in Minnesota Administrative Rule 8710.0310 , is required of all educators renewing in or after 2020. Each educator’s district (for Tier 1 and Tier 2 license holders) or re-licensure committee (for Tier 3 and Tier 4 license holders) will verify this renewal requirement has been met. Educators may take any training that meets the following criteria:
Shows evidence of self-reflection and discussion of the following topics in a way that deepens teachers’ understanding of their own frames of reference, potential bias in these frames, and the impact of bias on expectations for and relationships with students, students’ families, and school communities.
- Racial, Cultural, and Socioeconomic Groups
- American Indian and Alaskan Native Students
- Systemic Racism
- Gender Identity, Including Transgender Students
- Sexual Orientation
- Language Diversity
- Individuals with Disabilities and Mental Health Concerns
For the past two years, PELSB provided several cultural competency trainings to meet educators’ needs while schools, districts, and other PD providers acclimated to this new requirement. PELSB is no longer able to offer these trainings. However, PELSB has trained dozens of facilitators who can contract with schools and districts directly to provide the training to staff. Additionally, educators may elect to take a PELSB-approved training to meet this renewal requirement. A training does not have to be PELSB approved to fulfill the cultural competency renewal requirement. PELSB’s approval is simply a guarantee that the training meets PELSB’s standards and fulfills the requirements for this training.