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

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

by Glenn E. SingletonGlenn E. Singleton
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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 bestseller continues to explain the need for candid, courageous conversations about race so that educators may understand why achievement inequality persists and learn how they can develop a curriculum that promotes true educational equity and excellence.

  • NEW! Revised Courageous Conversation Compass
  • NEW! Racial autobiographies
  • NEW! Case study on St. Paul Public Schools, which has stayed on track with the Courageous Conversation protocol and framework
  • NEW! Links to video segments of the author describing the work
  • REVISED! Activities and checklists for school and district leaders
  • REVISED! Action and implementation steps

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483383743
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 18,810
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Glenn Eric Singleton hails from Baltimore, Maryland. A product of public elementary and independent secondary school, Singleton earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s 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 K–12 and higher education. His company rapidly grew into a vehicle for addressing systemic educational inequity by providing a framework, guidance, and support to K–12 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 Singleton’s 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, PEG’s 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings
About the Author
1. 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 Protocol
Part I. Passion: An Essential Characteristic of Racial Equity Leadership
2. What’s So Courageous About This Conversation?
Courageous Conversation
A Difficult Conversation
3. 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 Part I: Glenn Singleton
4. Agreeing to Talk About Race
Racial Consciousness
Four Agreements of Courageous Conversation
Racial Autobiography: Curtis Linton
Part II. Practice: The Foundation of Racial Equity Leadership
5. 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 Krull
6. The Second Condition: Keeping the Spotlight on Race
Isolating Race
Unpacking Race
Racial Autobiography: Patrick Sanchez
7. The Third Condition: Engaging Multiple Racial Perspectives
Social Construction of Knowledge
Surfacing Critical Perspectives
Racial Autobiography: Leidene King
8. The Fourth Condition: Keeping Us All at the Table
Interracial Dialogue
Creating Safety
The Courageous Conversation Compass
Racial Autobiography: Andrea Johnson
9. The Fifth Condition: What Do You Mean By “Race”?
A Brief History of Race
A Working Definition of Race
Racial Autobiography: Luis Versalles
10. The Sixth Condition: Let’s 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 Hillstrom
Part III. Persistence: The Key to Racial Equity Leadership
11. How Racial Equity Leaders Eliminate Systemic Racial Disparities
Invisibility Versus Hypervisibility
Understanding Students of Color and Indigenous Students Within a White School
Understanding Systemic White Racism
The Injustice of Gradualism and Incremental Change
Racial Autobiography: Courtlandt Butts
12. Exploring a Systemic Framework for Achieving Equity in Schools
A Vision of Equity
Systemic Racial Equity Transformation
Racial Autobiography: Unsuk Zucker
Racial Autobiography: Malcolm Fialho
13. Courageous Conversation as a Strategy for Achieving Equity in Schools
Personal Racial Equity Leadership
Individual Teacher Racial Equity Leadership
Whole School Racial Equity Leadership
Systemic Racial Equity Leadership
St. Paul Public Schools: A Case Study
Leadership for Racial Equity
Racial Autobiography Part II: Glenn Singleton
References and Selected Bibliography

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