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Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools 2ed

by Glenn E Singleton Corwin Press
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Pbk 312 pages
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Create a systemwide plan for transforming the district office, schools, and classrooms into places that truly support ALL students achieving their highest levels!

This updated edition of the highly acclaimed bestseller continues to explain the need for candid, courageous conversations about race so that educators may understand why student disengagement and achievement inequality persists and learn how they can develop a curriculum that promotes true educational equity and excellence. Almost a decade since its original publication, the revised book includes new features as well as preserves the core content that led to many schools’ and districts’ success.

•NEW! Courageous Conversation Compass
•NEW! Racial autobiographies, offering more focused and relevant voices from a diverse group of skilled Courageous Conversation practitioners
•NEW! Case study on St. Paul Public Schools, a district that has stayed on track with Courageous Conversations and successfully implemented the Systemic Racial Equity Transformation Framework
•NEW! Links to video segments featuring the author describing different aspects of the work
•UPDATED! Implementation exercises
•UPDATED! Activities and checklists for school and district leaders
•UPDATED! Action steps for creating an effective equity team

ForewordAcknowledgementsAbout the AuthorIntroduction1. Breaking the Silence: Ushering in Courageous Conversation About Race The Racial Achievement Gap and Other Systemic Racial Disparities Three Critical Factors The Courageous Conversation Strategy and ProtocolPart I: An Essential Characteristic of Racial Equity Leadership2. Whatas So Courageous About This Conversation? Courageous Conversation A Difficult Conversation3. Why Race? The Problem of the Color Line The Racial Gap Race as a Factor in Education Dealing With Race Establishing Common Language Around Race Do We Have the Will? Racial Autobiography: Glenn Singleton4. Agreeing to Talk About Race Racial Consciousness Four Agreements of Courageous Conversation Racial Autobiography: Curtis LintonPart II. Practice: The Foundation of Racial Equity Leadership5. The First Condition: Getting Personal Right Here and Right Now Personal, Local, and Immediate The Impact of Race on My Life Degree of Racial Consciousness Racial Consciousness Versus Racial Unconsciousness Racial Autobiography: Melissa Krull6. The Second Condition: Keeping the Spotlight on Race Isolating Race Unpacking Race Racial Autobiography: Patrick Sanchez7. The Third Condition: Engaging Multiple Racial Perspectives Social Construction of Knowledge Surfacing Critical Perspectives Racial Autobiography: Leidene King8. The Fourth Condition: Keeping Us All at the Table Interracial Dialogue Creating Safety The Courageous Conversation Compass Racial Autobiography: Andrea Johnson9. The Fifth Condition: What Do You Mean By aRacea? A Brief History of Race A Working Definition of Race Racial Autobiography: Luis Versalles10. The Sixth Condition: Letas Talk About Whiteness White Is a Color White Privilege White Is a Culture White Consciousness Whiteness as Examined in the Five Conditions White Racial Identity Development Racial Autobiography: Rev HillstromPart III. Persistence: The Key to Racial Equity Leadership11. How Racial Equity Leaders Eliminate Systemic Racial Disparities Invisibility Versus Hypervisibility Understanding Students of Color Within a White School Understanding Institutionalized White Racism The Injustice of Gradualism and Incremental Change Racial Autobiography: Courtlandt Butts12. Exploring a Systemic Framework for Achieving Equity in Schools A Vision of Equity Systemic Racial Equity Transformation Racial Autobiography: Unsuk Zucker Racial Autobiography: Malcolm Fialho13. Using Courageous Conversation to Achieve Equity in Schools Personal Racial Equity Leadership Individual Teacher Racial Equity Leadership Whole School Racial Equity Leadership Systemic Racial Equity Leadership Saint Paul Public Schools: A Case Study Leadership for Racial Equity Racial Autobiography: Glenn SingletonReferencesIndex

“The work Glenn is doing through Courageous Conversations About Race will stir you intellectually and move your personal beliefs beyond what you knew possible. This is the first approach I’ve seen that moves everyone along on their journey based on where they are personally first. The application is Glenn’s work goes beyond education and into many sectors of our society and industries.  I am excited to see how his work can impact the advertising industry. Writing mission statements, policies and coming up with programs are all boxes many companies check.  That part is too easy.  And I think many companies will admit to feeling stuck. Glenn’s approach takes true courage to get real about one major obstacle which is - the belief system I have that may block my perspectives on diversity.  Cheers to Glenn for challenging the conversation!”

Glenn Eric Singleton hails from Baltimore, Maryland. A product of public elementary and independent secondary school, Singleton earned his bacheloras degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his masteras degree from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Singleton began his career as an Ivy League admissions director. In 1992, he founded Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG) to support families in their transitions within and between Ka12 and higher education. His company rapidly grew into a vehicle for addressing systemic educational inequity by providing a framework, guidance, and support to Ka12 systems and institutions of higher education focused on meeting the needs of under-served students of color. He is now its president and chief executive officer. Singleton and his associates at PEG design and deliver individualized, comprehensive professional development for educators in the form of training, coaching, and consulting. Working at all levels, from beginning teachers to superintendents at local, state, and national levels, PEG helps educators focus on heightening their awareness of institutional racism and implementing effective strategies for eliminating racial achievement disparities in schools. In 1995, Singleton developed Beyond Diversity, a widely recognized seminar aimed at helping administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community stakeholders identify and examine the intersection of race and schooling. The Beyond Diversity seminar is the foundation for the PEG Systemic Racial Equity Framework and its theory of transformation, which focuses on leadership development, teacher action-research, and family/community empowerment. Today, participants around the world use Singletonas Courageous Conversations Agreements, Conditions and Compass, introduced to them in Beyond Diversity, as they strive to usher in culturally proficient curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Over its 20-year history, PEGas scope of work has expanded to include online professional learning, independent school partnerships, and international efforts in Canada and Australia that focus on educational equity for indigenous populations. PEG hosts an annual Summit for Courageous Conversation, in which scholars, educators, community members, and other stakeholders convene to identify strategies and best practices for creating high-level, equitable learning environments for all students. Singleton currently resides in San Francisco, California. He is the founder of the Foundation for a College Education (FCE) and currently serves on the FCE Advisory Board.