More Courageous Conversations About Race

More Courageous Conversations About Race

by Glenn E. Singleton


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More Courageous Conversations About Race by Glenn E. Singleton

Use courageous conversations to build racial equity in your schools and districts!

In this companion to his best-selling book, Glenn Singleton presents specific examples in which racism impedes student success and illustrates how to usher in courageous conversations to ignite systemic transformation. Through first-person vignettes and an actual school district case study, this breakthrough handbook focuses on the powerful possibilities that are unleashed when you:

  • Learn how other education leaders have addressed and improved race relations
  • Explore urgent challenges in racial equity and courageous approaches to solving them
  • Reflect on your personal role in the struggle to achieve racial equity
  • Introduce culturally relevant curriculum, instruction, and assessment in your school or district

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412992664
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/03/2012
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 545,711
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(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 James P. Comer viii

Preface xiv

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Author xix

1 Why Do We Need Another Book on Courageous Conversations About Race? 1

It's (Still) a Question of Will! 1

Writing in Difficult Times 3

Building on the Field Guide 6

The "More" in More Courageous Conversations 10

2 From Will and Passion to Purpose 15

Courage Requires Personal Purpose 16

Differing Approaches to Diversity 20

Purpose at Every Level 22

Voices From the Inside Macarre Traynham 23

3 Revisiting the Courageous Conversations About Race Protocol 27

Getting Behind the Protocol's Agreements, Conditions, and Compass 30

Isolating Race: Intersectionality and Cultural Layering 38

Getting Centered in a Mindful Way 45

Examining the Presence and Role of Whiteness 47

Closing the "Knowing-Doing" Gap 55

Voices From the Inside Devon Alexander 63

4 Seven Years Later: What's Different and What's the Same? 67

Embracing Equity and Naming the "It": Systemic Racism 69

The Data 74

Minding the Gaps 78

Can We Really Afford Equity? 84

Applying New Technology to Racial Equity Work 91

Voices From the Inside Donna Hart-Tervalon 92

5 Why Are We Still Talking About Race? 97

Beyond a Moral Imperative: Neuroscience and the Physiological Impact of Racism 97

A Critique of Liberalism 102

Are Black Males Beyond Love? 112

Defining Resistance and Transforming "Resisters" 116

What Should Be "Special" About Special Education? 118

Voices From the Inside Charles L. Hopson 121

6 Moving Courageous Conversations Beyond Black and White 129

Empowering ALL People of Color 129

Making the Invisible Visible: A Courageous Conversation About American Indians and Schooling 131

Brown Space 143

The Politics of English-Language Acquisition: Skin Color, Immigration Status, and Other Barriers 146

Voices From the Inside Luis Versalles 151

Voices From the Inside Elona Street-Stewart 155

7 A Vision and a Framework for Achieving Racial Equity in Education 158

"Just Say No!" Random Acts of Equity 163

Unmasking Courageous Conversations About Racial Disparities in Independent Schools 175

Where Is Higher Education? A Call for Seamless Racial Equity in PreK-16 Education 184

Voices From the Inside Bodie Brizendine 189

Voices From the Inside Akemi Matsumoto 191

8 Leadership for Racial Equity: From Theory to Practice 195

Equity Development for School Boards 197

District Equity Leadership Teams (DELT and DELTA) 198

Site and Central-Office Department Leaders Engaged in Equity/Antiracism Development (LEADs) 199

Equity Teams 201

The Beacon Project 202

Staff of Color Equity Development 202

Students Organized for Anti-Racism (SOAR) 204

Voices From the Inside Carla Randall 209

Voices From the Inside Patrick Duffy Anthony Galloway 213

9 Learning and Teaching for Racial Equity: From Theory to Practice 227

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 238

Collaborative Action Research for Equity (CARE) 242

Voices From the Inside Jackie Roehl 246

10 Empowering Parents and Communities of Color for Racial Equity: From Theory to Practice 251

Partnerships for Academically Successful Students 252

Engaging and Developing White Allies to Supports Parents and Community Members of Color in Schools 260

Engaging White Allies in the Development and Recruitment of Other Whites to the Struggle for Racial Equity 264

Developing and Reinventing School Boards as Allies in the Struggle for Racial Equity 266

Voices from the Inside Andrea Haynes Johnson 269

11 Eden Prairie Schools: A Case Study 272

Eden Prapirie Then and Now 273

The District Develops a Clear Vision of Equity 280

A Changing Climate 283

The Results Are In: Progress Was Made 286

Voices From the Inside Connie Hytjan 291

12 Beyond Passion, Practice, and Persistence...A Purpose for Achieving Equity! 302

Notes 315

Recommended Reading 322

Index 326

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