Maine's Cultural Competence Institute

presented by MSBA & MSSA

About CCI

The Cultural Competence Institute Vision: The CCI will be an interactive year-long program that will cover topics essential to:

  • Developing a deep understanding of creating a culture of inclusion
  • Developing brave spaces for conversations about race in our schools
  • Creating a cultural connection for students and parents
  • Creating a sustainable practice for diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools
  • Guiding policy development in school districts
  • Recruiting, hiring and retaining faculty of color

Participants will participate in an 8 month series of 90 minute professional development modules that will end in a CCI certification. This certification will allow participants to:

  • Lead more effectively with cultural competence and cultural empathy
  • Develop practical skills for strategic planning for racial equity and justice work
  • Develop professional development for School Districts related to DEI goals
  • Develop sustainable practice for DEI work in School Districts

Session Dates and Topics 

All sessions are from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Session 1 - Sept. 14:  Cultural Building Blocks: Understanding My Cultural Identity...
Session 2 - Oct. 19:  Creating Brave Space for Courageous Conversations About Race...
Session 3 - Rescheduled for Dec. 14 (Originally scheduled for Nov. 30):  Understanding My School's/District's Culture: Taking Inventory
Session 4 - Jan. 11:  Creating a Culture of Inclusion(1): Within the School Community
Session 5 - Feb. 8:  Creating a Culture of Inclusion(2): For Students and Families
Session 6 - March 8:  Who are My Students: Understanding Life Outside of the Class Day
Session 7 - April 12:  Developing a Sustainable Practice for DEI: Schools and Districts
Session 8 - May 10:  DEI Mentorship: How to Find One and How to be One?
*CCI Graduation Party!*

Session 9 - June 3:  Reducing Bias in the Hiring Process

Meeting materials *** For registered Attendees only***

Please click here to access the meeting materials (the password is case sensitive). If you do not have the password to access the site, please contact Deb Swift.


Linked below are the session videos (the password is case sensitive). If you do not have the password to access the videos, please contact Deb Swift.

Session 1 - September 14, 2020

Session 2 - October 19, 2020

Session 3 - December 14, 2020

Session 4 - January 11, 2021

Session 5 - February 8, 2021

Session 6 - March 8, 2021

Session 7 - April 12, 2021