New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with nearly every classroom comprised of a wide range of cultures. This diversity continues to grow and evolve so that all NYC teachers face the challenges of teaching cross-culturally, in particular culturally diverse learners who are at risk of dropping out of school. Each individual’s cultural context is unique, but sometimes conflicting ideologies and the clash between traditionalism and modern society can cause students to become isolated and at-risk for failure or dropping out. This course is designed to discuss the importance of cultural competency and how it impacts student learning, and it tackles the misconceptions about cultural competency and provides practical resources for building competency in educators. By learning more about other cultures, as well as the learner’s own culture, the course helps the learner develop best practices for handling culturally sensitive scenarios that can impact student learning.