A Culturally Proficient Response to LGBT Communities: A Guide for Educators

A Culturally Proficient Response to LGBT Communities: A Guide for Educators

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An introspective response with LGBT communities for positive change

A Culturally Proficient Response to LGBT Communities is a guide for educators to collaboratively combat issues of discrimination, inequity, and bullying through the review of current policies, practices, and deeply held assumptions about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) communities. This inside-out approach carries readers through a personal journey of reflection to action by using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency to examine their values, beliefs, and assumptions about how LGBT communities are served educationally. 

 Creating safe and welcoming schools includes both setting effective and appropriate policies and the inside-out analyses of one’s own beliefs and values. Resulting cultural proficiencies, steeped in self-reflection, boost empathy and improve learning environments. On this simple, powerful premise, readers will find:

  • Inside-out growth through personal stories and case-studies
  • Reflection through activities and prompts appropriate for individuals and teams
  • Insight into current responses to bullying

Using this first step for positive systemic change, school leaders can elevate understanding and propel schools toward safe and diverse-friendly environments.

"This book provides essential tools for educators who want to make schools safe and welcoming for all students.  I could not put this book down. In my nearly 25 years of education I have not come across a resource that handles the needs of LGBT students as sensitively and supportively as these authors have using the tools of Cultural Proficiency."
—Gunn Marie Hansen, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Orange Unified School District, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483304328
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/12/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Randall B. Lindsey is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has served as a teacher, an administrator, executive director of a non-profit corporation, as Interim Dean at California Lutheran University, as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Pepperdine University, and as Chair of the Education Department at the University of Redlands. Prior to that he served for seventeen years at California State University, Los Angeles in the Division of Administration and Counseling. All of Randy’s experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. His Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, his Master of Arts in Teaching is in History Education from the University of Illinois, and his B.S. in Social Science Education is from Western Illinois University. He has served as a junior high school and high school teacher and as an administrator in charge of school desegregation efforts. At Cal State, L.A. he served as Chair of the Division of Administration and Counseling and as Director of the Regional Assistance Centers for Educational Equity, a regional race desegregation assistance center. With co-authors he has written several books and articles on Cultural Proficiency. Most recent publication is The Cultural Proficiency Manifesto: Finding Clarity Amidst the Noise.
Richard M. Diaz Ms.Ed., is director of the Riordan Leadership Institute a program of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce. Richard helps train business professionals become board members of nonprofit agencies in the Greater Los Angeles area. Through his work Richard has assisted many nonprofits to bring in new and diverse leadership to their organizations. Richard also consults with local nonprofits and their boards. He assists boards to review their mission and vision. Richard began his career as an elementary and middle school teacher and later supervised student teachers for Immaculate Heart College. He is a world traveler and lives with his partner, Gerry, of 23 years.

Kikanza Nuri-Robins helps people to close the gap between what they say they are and what they actually do.  Whether she is in a corporate boardroom, the fireside room of a retreat center, or a convention center auditorium, Kikanza uses her skills and insights to help people and organizations that are in transition – or ought to be.  She shares her observations and recommendations with clarity and candor, while gently encouraging them to face the difficult situations that challenge their skill sets and their values.  She leads people to this growing edge with unswerving focus, an understanding heart, and laughter that rises from the seat of her soul.


Since 1978, Kikanza has worked as an organizational development consultant in a variety of settings includ­ing education, health care, criminal justice, and religion, focusing on leadership development, change management, and cultural proficiency. Her clients range from school districts, to university faculty, to government offices and non-profit organizations.  The connecting thread is her passion for working with people who want to making a difference for others.


Kikanza studied at Occidental College, the University of Southern California, and the San Francisco Theological Seminary.  She is the author of many articles and five books, including: Cultural Proficiency and Culturally Proficient Responses to the LGBT Communities. Kikanza lives in Los Angeles where she spends her discretionary time as a textile artist.

Raymond D. Terrell is a Professor Emeritus. He has served as a high school and junior high school English teacher, an elementary school principal, and an assistant superintendent in public schools in Ohio. He spent one year as a faculty member at Texas A&M University in the Department of Educational Administration. He spent 19 years at California State University, 14 years in the Department of Educational Administration, and for 5 years he was the Dean of the School of Education. He then served for three years as an elementary principal at Jefferson Elementary School in Hamilton, Ohio. Ray then joined the faculty at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he served as a professor in the Educational Leadership Department, Associate Dean for the College of Education Health and Society and as Chair of the Teacher Education Department. Ray has 50 years of professional experience with diversity and equity issues. He has served school districts in California, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Ray writes about issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Ray lives in Springfield Township, Ohio with his wife Eloise. They have two adult children, Dina and William. 

Delores B. Lindsey, Ph.D., retired as Assistant Professor of Educational Administration, at California State University, San Marcos. However, she has not retired from the educational profession. Using the lens of Cultural Proficiency, Dr. Lindsey helps educational leaders examine their policies and practices, as well as their individual beliefs and values about cross-cultural communication.  Delores’ message to her audiences focuses on socially just educational practices and diversity as assets to be nurtured. Dr. Lindsey coaches educators to develop their own inquiry and action research.  Her favorite reflective questions are: Who are we?  and Are we who we say we are? She serves schools, districts, and county offices as an Adaptive Schools Training Associate, a Cognitive Coach Training Associate, and a consultant to develop culturally  proficient  educators and schools. Her recent publications include A Culturally Proficient response to the common core: Ensuring equity through professional learning (2015, Lindsey, Kearney, Estrada, & Lindsey); and Culturally Proficient inclusive schools: All means all! (2018, Lindsey, Thousand, Jew & Piowlski).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Timothy Kaltenecker
About the Authors
I. Introduction--Background, Challenges, and Opportunity
1. Setting the Context
Getting Centered
Going Deeper
2. The Tools of Cultural Proficiency
Getting Centered
Going Deeper
3. Equality and Equity Are Both Important, Just Not the Same
Getting Centered
Going Deeper
4. Understanding Our History Helps Shape Our Future
Getting Centered
Going Deeper
II. Westfield Unified School District
5. Creating Safe Space: Moving From Compliance to Advocacy
6. Assessing Cultural Knowledge
Getting Centered
Valuing Diversity
Westfield Unified School District Case Story
Going Deeper
7. Valuing Diversity
Getting Centered
Valuing Diversity
Westfield Unified School District Case Story
Going Deeper
8. Managing the Dynamics of Difference
Getting Centered
Managing the Dynamics of Difference
Westfield Unified School District Case Story
Going Deeper
9. Adapting to Diversity
Getting Centered
Adapting to Diversity
Westfield Unified School District Case Story
Going Deeper
10. Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge--You, Your School, and Your Community
Getting Centered
Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge
Professional Learning for General Educators
Going Deeper
III. Next Steps
11. Moving From Bystander to Ally
Why We Do This Work
Resource A1 – Book Study Guide
Resource A2 – The Apps of Cultural Proficiency
Resource B – Quick Glossary
Resource C1 – Sexual Orientation Questionnaire
Resource C2 – Unpacking the Knapsack of Sexual Orientation Privilege
Resource D – Community Resources
Resource E - Cultural Proficiency Books’ Essential Questions
Cultural Proficiency Books Matrix

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