Dr. Debbie Almontaser
Dr. Debbie Almontaser is an internationally recognized, award-winning educator, speaker and authority on cross cultural understanding. She is an influential community leader and the Founder and CEO of Bridging Cultures Group, Inc.
Dr. Almontaser was the founding and former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, NY. A twenty-five year veteran of the NYC Public School System, she taught special education, inclusion, trained teachers in literacy, and served as a multicultural specialist and diversity advisor. Currently, she is the Board President of the Muslim Community Network (www.mcnny.org). She frequently lectures, serves on panels, and facilitates teacher and public workshops on cultural diversity, conflict resolution, Arab Culture, Islam, Muslims in America, interfaith coalition building and youth leadership at schools, universities, libraries, museums, faith-based organizations, churches, synagogues, as well as national and international conferences.
Trainings and Workshops
As human beings, we must recognize that each and every one of us has unique traditions, values, and beliefs that that make us who we are as human beings. These unique traditions derive from our racial and ethnic identity, language, religion and formal/ informal community, neighborhood, and family connections that formulate our identities as individuals. When people openly share their lives, cultural identities, and life experiences, they are able to build trust and foster stronger relationships.
A climate of openness that enables us to learn about each other’s culture leads to engagement and encourages a culture of learning and collaboration. Sharing our lives with others not only builds our self-esteem, self-confidence, and pride, but it also does the same for our counterparts. When students are engaged in learning that is reflective of their racial and cultural identities, it fosters academic success. Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) develops students’ ability to communicate and connect across cultures as well as empower them to become agents of social change.