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School, university and community collaboration to promote equity through inclusive cultural competence

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Published: 2021-03-29

Authors

Tammy Ellis-Robinson

University at Albany

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1857-008X

Jessica Wayde Coles

University at Albany

Keywords: equity; intersectionality; collaboration; teacher education; cultural competence

Abstract

In a series of action-research forums university researchers/faculty, school, family, and community stakeholders engaged collaboratively to explore and identify effective practices and ongoing needs related to the development of inclusive cultural competence for pre-service and in-service teachers, and the institutions that develop and employ them. Forum participants discussed plans for future collaborative projects focused on equity and social justice in local schools and community organizations. The collaborative relationships extended beyond the forums to include additional projects focused on equity. Researchers used a qualitative analysis of forum input and researcher field notes, including deductive category application of codes derived from literature and modeling of intersections of theory and forum output to identify problem areas, analyze themes of best practice, and formulate ideas for future action.

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Author Biographies

Tammy Ellis-Robinson

University at Albany

Tammy is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, USA. She teaches pre-service teachers in the division of special education. Her research focuses on equity, reflexive practice, writing to learn, and mentorship.

Jessica Wayde Coles

University at Albany

Jessica is a doctoral research fellow in educational psychology and methodology with a concentration in special education in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, USA, a culturally responsive specialist at Measurement Incorporated, an education lecturer at Siena College. Her research and education land at the intersection of race, ability, and preparing future and current educators to foster inclusive, empowering, and equitable environments. 

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Published: 2021-03-29

How to Cite

Ellis-Robinson, T., & Coles, J. W. (2021). School, university and community collaboration to promote equity through inclusive cultural competence. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 29(January - July), 44. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.29.4670