Alabama State Department of Education taps Auburn University’s Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement to offer Culture Bump course to Alabama’s K-12 teachers

Published: August 06, 2020
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The Alabama State Department of Education has partnered with Auburn University’s Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement to offer Culture Bump training for Pre-K-12 teachers throughout the state.

Teachers will be given the opportunity to take the Culture Bump online course, “Toolkit for Culture and Communication,” through Auburn’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education.

Culture Bump training is an engaging and interactive process that uses a “micro-approach” to transform individual “culture bumps” or differences with others into authentic relationships. It includes a method that teaches negotiation of new insights into one’s own character or culture and leads to an exploration of “why” humans are different while affirming “how” we are the same.

Culture Bump focuses on specific skill development, serving as a practical solution to complex issues. Culture Bump’s mission is to redefine cultural understanding to give people the tools and confidence to interact with anyone anywhere.

The state of Alabama is home to more than 42,000 Pre-K-12 teachers and nearly 750,000 students.

“The Alabama State Department of Education is grateful for the partnership with Auburn. We believe the courses will provide an opportunity for educators to receive awesome professional development,” said Deputy State Superintendent of Education Daniel Boyd.

For more information, contact Stacey Nickson with Auburn University’s Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement at 334-740-3449 or snickson@auburn.edu.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.