C.A.R.E. Training

C.A.R.E Themes

The sum total of one’s experiences, knowledge, skills, beliefs, values, language, and interests. Learning is greatest when the cultures of home and school connect.
Intelligence is modifiable and multidimensional. Abilities are developed through cultural experiences; culture affects thoughts and expressions.
Displayed when protective factors alter a person’s response to risk factors (poverty, crime, etc.) in the environment. Resilient students exhibit social competence, problem-solving skills, and a sense of future.
The energy used in reaching a goal. Maximized when students receive teacher encouragement and high expectations for quality work.

About the Program


“What can I do in my classroom?” That is the question we hear most often when educators confront the reality of the achievement gaps in their school. The purpose of C.A.R.E. training is:


  • to offer research-based suggestions for what you can do tomorrow to create a learning environment in which diverse students can learn;
  • to challenge educators to meet accountability demands while still offering quality instruction to those students who need the most help; and
  • to delve into additional resources to spark even more ideas for how to be successful with all students.

This one day training was developed by NEA. The Oklahoma Education Association is the authorized professional development provider in Oklahoma.

About the Curriculum

The C.A.R.E. training program is designed for PK-12 teachers.

The curriculum poses such questions as:

  • How would we engage families differently as we value their culture?
  • How would instruction change if we were focusing on what students know, rather than what they don’t know?
  • How would professional development be different as we focus on resiliency of all students?

The training will help teachers reflect on causes of low student achievement and provide them with innovative, comprehensive approaches to address these gaps.

About the Training

Any school site or district, local Association, OEA Regional Zone, or Professional Development Committee can host a C.A.R.E. training.

  • Trainer(s) will be provided.
  • Multiple training options are available
  • Designed for 15-50 participants; however, OEA will consider all requests individually.
  • Administrators are invited to participate
  • The host(s) will manage the registration process and provide facilities.
  • The host(s) will duplicate the participant materials prior to the training.


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Workshop Schedule

  • Welcome
  • What are the achievement gaps?
  • Introduction to the C.A.R.E. guide
  • Culture, Language, and Economic Differences
  • Unrecognized and Undeveloped Abilities
  • Resilience
  • Effort and Motivation
  • Community Support for C.A.R.E. Strategies
  • Closing

To host a C.A.R.E. training, contact an OEA Teaching and Learning Specialist.