Report: Skilled Dialogue
Report » Skilled Dialogue
Isaura Barrera, Lucinda Kramer , Equity Alliance at ASU
National Institute for Urban School Improvement
Skilled Dialogue© is a relational approach to communication and interactions that stems from the evidence-based premise that three qualities characterize cultural competence: respect, reciprocity, and responsiveness. These three qualities along with the component skills that promote and sustain them (see Figure 1) define the nature of Skilled Dialogue©. When integrated, the qualities and skills generate a framework of guidelines and strategic questions that help ensure culturally competent assessment and instruction of culturally and linguistically diverse students. This OnPoint first describes Skilled Dialogue’s© qualities and skills. Readers are then introduced to the guidelines and strategic questions.