Illinois - Professional Development for Cultural Competency: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on cultural competency.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 5-34-18.54. Implicit bias training.

(a) The General Assembly makes the following findings:

  • (1) implicit racial bias influences evaluations of and behavior toward those who are the subject of the bias;
  • (2) understanding implicit racial bias is needed in order to reduce that bias;
  • (3) marginalized students would benefit from having access to educators who have worked to reduce their biases; and
  • (4) training that helps educators overcome implicit racial bias has implication for classroom interactions, student evaluation, and classroom engagement; it also affects student academic self-concept.

(b) The board shall require in-service training for school personnel to include training to develop cultural competency, including understanding and reducing implicit racial bias.

(c) As used in this Section, “implicit racial bias” means a preference, positive or negative, for a racial or ethnic group that operates outside of awareness. This bias has 3 different components: affective, behavioral, and cognitive.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-22.6 Suspension of expulsion of pupils; school searches.

(c-5) School districts shall make reasonable efforts to provide ongoing professional development to teachers, administrators, school board members, school resource officers, and staff on the adverse consequences of school exclusion and justice-system involvement, effective classroom management strategies, culturally responsive discipline, and developmentally appropriate disciplinary methods that promote positive and healthy school climates.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-20.61. Implicit bias training.

(a) The General Assembly makes the following findings:

  • (1) implicit racial bias influences evaluations of and behavior toward those who are the subject of the bias;
  • (2) understanding implicit racial bias is needed in order to reduce that bias;
  • (3) marginalized students would benefit from having access to educators who have worked to reduce their biases; and
  • (4) training that helps educators overcome implicit racial bias has implication for classroom interactions, student evaluation, and classroom engagement; it also affects student academic self-concept.

(b) Each school board shall require in-service training for school personnel to include training to develop cultural competency, including understanding and reducing implicit racial bias.

(c) As used in this Section, “implicit racial bias” means a preference, positive or negative, for a racial or ethnic group that operates outside of awareness. This bias has 3 different components: affective, behavioral, and cognitive.

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