New Futures ReachOut program provides professional training in cultural proficiency, with a curriculum designed to teach educators, administrators, and other social service providers to effectively serve culturally diverse children and families. Through ReachOut, New Futures applies our 17 years of successful on-the-ground experience with diverse families to promote systemic change and teacher excellence. With a focus on application and outcomes, our trainings create the space and opportunity to have difficult and productive conversations about race, class, and culture.
ReachOut trainings are offered at a fee to paying clients that have included Highline Public School District, King County Community Services, Pierce County Human Services, Snohomish ECEAP and many others. Proceeds are reinvested in New Futures programming. This ―social enterprise‖ model allows us to meet our mission and financial goals simultaneously.
Unlike most training and consulting groups, ReachOut trains other organizations in the work we actually do: we are experts in providing culturally competent program services. Participants say that our unique combination of principles and practice helps them quickly see how to integrate cultural competency into their own work. Teachers can immediately apply what they learn in their classrooms and administrators can use the information to make policy changes.
In 2010, ReachOut was nominated by Highline Public Schools for the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Community Recognition Award for extraordinary service to schools and students. Through this dual strategy of providing integrated, culturally proficient education services along with creating systemic change, New Futures addresses the needs of minority students that are largely unmet.
Organizational Assessment, Professional Development trainings, Cultural Proficiency and Presentations:
ReachOut conducts organizational assessments. This process includes meetings with key organizations leaders to identify the organizational needs. We review the organization cultural competency policies and practices. In addition, we conduct survey with the organizations employees to integrate the employees’ voice and opinion through the process. Once the data has been collected and analyzed, a professional development training plan is developed and implemented.
ReachOut professional development trainings provide opportunities for people to talk about power, privilege, oppression, internalized oppression, racism, discrimination, other isms and culturally appropriate strategies to better serve program participants.
• Tailored professional development trainings
• Cultural Proficiency Foundation Training
• Family/Community Engagement Foundation Training
• Organizational assessment
• Organizational sustainability series
• Cultural Proficiency work plan
• Quarterly of Bi-annual review
• Guidance and support
• Cultural mediation
• Cultural coaching and problem solving strategies
Leading the Conversation (LTC) Institute
Do you want to build cultural competence leadership and facilitation skills in your organization, district, or school? Learn more about our LTC Institute.
ReachOut’s Leading the Conversation Institute provided our diversity teams with the skills and knowledge they need to facilitate conversations and develop the capacity of our entire staff to become more culturally competent.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Aberdeen School District