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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: 18,215
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Glenn Singleton has devoted over thirty years to constructing racial equity worldwide and developing leaders to do the same. Author, thought leader, and strategist, he is the creator of Courageous Conversation a protocol and framework for sustained, deepened dialogue, and Beyond Diversity, the curriculum that has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to use it. Glenn is the Founder and President of Courageous Conversation TM, an agency that guides leadership development in education, government, corporation, law enforcement, and community organizing. He is the award-winning author of Courageous Conversations About Race; A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools, Second Edition; and of MORE Courageous Conversations About Race.

Glenn has consulted executives at Wieden + Kennedy (W+K) Advertising, Google, Amazon, Procter & Gamble, the New York Department of Education, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the Stavros Niarchos, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundations. Along with W+K, he received the 2017 Most Valuable Partnership (MVP) Award by Ad Color. He is the recipient of the George A. Coleman Excellence in Equity Award by the Connecticut State Education Resource Center. Cited in the June 2018 edition of the Hollywood Reporter for his work with 21st Century Fox Animation, most recently, Glenn was awarded the Ad Week/Ad Color 2020 Champion Award, and the 2020 National Speech and Debate Association Communicator of the Year Award. In 1995, Glenn founded the Foundation for A College Education and continues to serve on its Board of Advisors. He is also the founder and Board Chair of the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation, which develops partnerships to promote racial justice, interracial understanding and human healing worldwide.

Glenn has trained law enforcement leaders with the U.S. Embassy in Western Australia, and established the Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute in Auckland, New Zealand. For eight years, he served as an adjunct professor of educational leadership at San Jose State University. Glenn has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and has instructed faculty, students and administrators at the University of Minnesota, New York University School of Medicine, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, Glenn Singleton is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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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