The Michigan Department of Education launched Cohort 3 of Phase 1 of The African American Student Initiative (TAASI): A Journey of Cultural Proficiency and Personal Transformation. Schools are invited to participate in this 6-session professional learning opportunity. In this session, the topic will be “Manage Dynamics of Difference; Adapt to Diversity.”

Cultural proficiency is about learning to respect our own and other’s identities, celebrating cultural differences, mitigating marginalization, disparities, and disproportionality, while systemically integrating behavior that establishes standards for practice that promote cultural diversity, equity and inclusion.

Outcomes for Phase 1:

  • Increased human capital as it relates to equity for students, their families, and educators.
  • Increased social capital through the development of a learning community.
  • Increased decisional capital through the creation of an action plan for transformational change in the school community.
  • Increased staff cultural competence through pre- and post- surveys.
  • Increased trust through improved cross-cultural communication skills.

Event details

  • When: February 19: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152

Upcoming locations, dates & topics

East Michigan location

VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152
All sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; lunch is included.

  • March 19: Institutionalize Cultural Knowledge

West Michigan location

Battle Creek Math & Science Center, 171 Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017
All sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; lunch is included.

  • February 21: Manage Dynamics of Difference; Adapt to Diversity
  • March 21: Institutionalize Cultural Knowledge

For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Saunders via email or at (517) 241-9566 or Dr. Jill Griffin via email or at (517) 335-3064. Click here to download a flier.