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Delores B. Lindsey

Lindsey, Delores

Delores B. Lindsey, Ph.D. guides educational leaders to examine their organizations’ policies and practices, and their individual beliefs and values about cross-cultural communication. Her message to her audiences focuses on culturally proficient leadership practices. Delores invites educators to develop their own inquiry and action research. Her favorite reflective question is: Are we who we say we are? She is also a Training Associate for Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools.

Delores and husband Randall, her favorite Sage/Corwin author, continue to co-write about the application of the four Tools of Cultural Proficiency. She has been co-author of five Corwin Cultural Proficiency books. She adds to that list Culturally Proficient Professional Development: Ensuring equity through the Common Core (in press).

Most recently Delores retired as a professor of educational leadership and has served as a middle grades principal and county office administrator. She started her career as a high school and middle grades English teacher.

Areas of expertise
  • Leadership
  • Cultural Proficiency
Certified in
  • Cultural Proficiency


  • Cultural Proficiency: These sessions introduce the Tools of Cultural Proficiency as a shared commitment to excellence and equity for all students. The consultants engage participants using strategies and tools needed for districts to embed Cultural Proficiency into schools’ academic cultures. Upon completion of the sessions, participants will understand and know how to apply the 4 Tools: the Guiding Principles, Essential Elements, Continuum, and Barriers related to Cultural Proficiency. Participants in these interactive sessions will explore the best ways to weave these tools into the fabric of their schools.

What People are Saying

“Delores Lindsey’s courageous leadership, authenticity, passionate delivery, and in-depth knowledge of the Inside-Out model and the Four Tools of Cultural Proficiency transformed our participants in a 2-year Trainer-of -Trainer model of professional development in Marin County, CA. Delores is deliberate in her support of a transformative model to ensure equity, connectedness, and self-reflection to achieve true systemic change. The combination of her warm, welcoming style, depth of understanding, ability to apply knowledge, and engagement with the audience is exceptional in my experience. Delores makes such an impression that she is often quoted as implementation of the t-f-t models in four districts is occurring. Delores epitomizes courageous leadership and encourages others to do the same.”

- Dr. Jan LaTorre-Derby, PreK-3 Initiative Coordinator in Marine County Office of Education

“Delores Lindsey is an expert on cognitive coaching and cultural proficiency. She is able to translate her expertise, connect with her audience and through her finely tuned facilitation skills helps them to become confident and highly skilled leaders and coaches. Delores is one of those rare individuals who has valuable information to share but more importantly knows how and when to ask just the right questions to support individuals as they develop thoughtful and insightful leadership skills.”

- Brenda Hall, Director of the North County Professional Development Federation