State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on cultural competency.
603 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 35.03 Standard and Indicators of Effective Teaching Practice
(2)(d) Cultural Proficiency Indicator. Actively creates and maintains an environment in which students' diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges are respected.
General Laws of Massachusetts 69.1I Performances of public school districts and individual public schools; evaluation system; assessment instruments; reports
Each school district shall file a description of the following instructional procedures and programs with the department every year: (a) art and music programs; (b) technology education; (c) programs for gifted and talented students; (d) adult education programs; (e) library and media facilities; (f) condition of instructional materials including textbooks, workbooks, audio–visual materials, and laboratory materials; (g) types and condition of computers and computer software; (h) basic skills remediation programs; (i) drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse programs; (j) multi-cultural education training for students and teachers; (k) global education; and (l) nutrition and wellness programs. [...] Each school district required to provide an English learner program under chapter 71A shall file the following information with the department annually: (n) a description of the training provided by the district to staff who work with culturally and linguistically diverse student populations.