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

Second Edition

Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings



© 2015 | 312 pages | Corwin

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

 

"What this book has given me is an effective set of tools to support me in understanding, first, my own racial biography and then how to discuss with my team race and its impact on education. The lessons from this book offer a useful starting point for every school district that wants to change mindsets, policies, and outcomes. Singleton takes readers on a personally and professionally transformative journey toward understanding and action."

—S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent

Baltimore County Public Schools, MD

 

"All students, especially white students, need to read, think, converse and write about issues of race, racism and whiteness if teachers are to help move society into a more racially aware and just place for all. The work of Glenn Singleton and Pacific Educational Group gives educators the tools they need to have those Courageous Conversations."

—Jackie Roehl, 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Edina High School, Edenia, MN

 

"Brave and grounded, patient but pointed, Courageous Conversations About Race delivers a rare combination of critical information, illuminating perspective, and truly useful tools to get and keep us all engaged in the most important work of our time. A great nation is not defined by its ability to assimilate all of its citizens, but by its ability to provide equitable opportunities for all of them. This book shows us how."

—Dr. Anton Treuer, Author, Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask; Executive Director, American Indian Resource Center

Bemidji State University, MN

 

"When I finished reading this book, I immediately wanted to share it with others. Glenn Singleton provides strategies and tools to help one examine one's own racial identity. His curriculum and modes of inquiry promote self-discovery and self-awareness. The racial autobiographies allowed me to deepen my racial consciousness and become a more effective Courageous Conversation practitioner.  Mr. Singleton is the best equity practitioner I have worked with—provocative, stimulating, mindful of the sensitivities of this topic, and devoted to fulfilling our racial equity mandate."

—Ellen C. Stein, Head of School

The Dalton School, New York, NY

 

"In the first edition of his groundbreaking book, Courageous Conversations, Glenn Singleton made a powerful case that, in order to dismantle racism, it is first necessary to talk about and understand how power and privilege are related to race. In this second edition, he takes it one step further, adding racial autobiographies and supplements to make it even more accessible to diverse audiences. This work is sorely needed if we are ever to reach educational and social equity in our nation."

—Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita - Language, Literacy, and Culture

College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

"The City’s leadership team has used Pacific Educational Group’s training and the Courageous Conversation protocol effectively to launch our racial equity work. Sharing these concepts and approaches with our partners, Saint Paul Public Schools, has created a level of trust and understanding around racial equity we didn’t have before."

—Christopher B. Coleman, Mayor

City of Saint Paul, MN

 
Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
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
 
Index

"What this book has given me is an effective set of tools to support me in understanding, first, my own racial biography and then how to discuss with my team race and its impact on education. The lessons from this book offer a useful starting point for every school district that wants to change mindsets, policies, and outcomes. Singleton takes readers on a personally and professionally transformative journey toward understanding and action."

S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent
Baltimore County Public Schools, MD

"All students, especially white students, need to read, think, converse and write about issues of race, racism and whiteness if teachers are to help move society into a more racially aware and just place for all. The work of Glenn Singleton and Pacific Educational Group gives educators the tools they need to have those Courageous Conversations."

Jackie Roehl, 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Edina High School, Edenia, MN

"Brave and grounded, patient but pointed, Courageous Conversations About Race delivers a rare combination of critical information, illuminating perspective, and truly useful tools to get and keep us all engaged in the most important work of our time. A great nation is not defined by its ability to assimilate all of its citizens, but by its ability to provide equitable opportunities for all of them. This book shows us how."

Dr. Anton Treuer, Author, Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask; Executive Director, American Indian Resource Center
Bemidji State University, MN

"When I finished reading this book, I immediately wanted to share it with others. Glenn Singleton provides strategies and tools to help one examine one's own racial identity. His curriculum and modes of inquiry promote self-discovery and self-awareness. The racial autobiographies allowed me to deepen my racial consciousness and become a more effective Courageous Conversation practitioner.  Mr. Singleton is the best equity practitioner I have worked with—provocative, stimulating, mindful of the sensitivities of this topic, and devoted to fulfilling our racial equity mandate."

Ellen C. Stein, Head of School
The Dalton School, NY

"In the first edition of his groundbreaking book, Courageous Conversations, Glenn Singleton made a powerful case that, in order to dismantle racism, it is first necessary to talk about and understand how power and privilege are related to race. In this second edition, he takes it one step further, adding racial autobiographies and supplements to make it even more accessible to diverse audiences. This work is sorely needed if we are ever to reach educational and social equity in our nation."

Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita - Language, Literacy, and Culture
College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Courageous Conversation Compass


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