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Why Cultural Competence Education Matters More Than Ever Before

Cultural competence is the ability to understand, appreciate, and effectively work with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. It involves developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable individuals to respect and value cultural differences, communicate effectively with people from different cultures, as well as being aware of one’s own cultural biases and beliefs.

Virtual Exchange Roadblocks: Challenges and Solutions for Educators

If you’re an educator who has attended professional development seminars of late and heard about the various advantages of telecollaboration and new ways to help students draw from the myriad benefits of experiential learning while still working within the somewhat limited confines of your classroom, you’ve no doubt been intrigued by the concept of virtual exchanges. Simply put, a virtual exchange can be any collaborative project or learning experience between two or more schools in which students interact via the use of technology, whether it be writing, message boards, blogging, or audio and video, to exchange ideas, practice languages, and grow.