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

Second Edition
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December 2014 | 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

Supplements

"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

"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

“Aotearoa New Zealand and especially Auckland, is becoming increasingly diverse. Our learner population reflects that diversity, including Maori, Pacific and over 100 other ethnic groups. We are striving to create an environment that enables equity of success for all.   That involves learning how to engage with these learners on their terms, and confronting how people of different racial backgrounds understand and interact with each other. Courageous Conversations provides vital insights that guide our journey.” 

Rick Ede, Chief Executive
Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, NZ

"Courageous Conversations About Race has guided our cultural transformation at Portland Public Schools toward becoming a more racially aware and culturally responsive institution - from our classroom instruction to our business and hiring practices. This protocol not only provides a way in to difficult conversations, it gives each of us the tools to see, own and act upon our role in perpetuating the status quo and understanding the urgency to reframe the paradigm for the success of all students."

Carole Smith, Superintendent
Portland Public Schools, Portland, OR

“Courageous Conversations About Race came across my desk at a time that I had almost given up on engaging in discussions of race and equity. I was exhausted from countless painful and unproductive conversations on this sensitive topic. I quickly learned why so many people choose not to engage in these conversations - because it is hard. This book not only inspires educators and system level leaders to courageously address what we have all become comfortable with ignoring, but also gives us concrete tools for productively entering a conversation about race.”

Veronica Benavides, Doctoral Candidate
Education Leadership, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

“In a nation that too often eschews either real dialogue or courage when it comes to issues like race and inequality, and particularly in regard to education, Glenn Singleton has demonstrated over many years just how important fearlessness can be in transforming schools and communities into places where justice is possible. The Courageous Conversation approach to enhancing equity is invaluable to the struggle for a more fair-minded and truly just America.”

Tim Wise, Antiracism educator
Author, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Courageous Conversation Compass


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