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

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Diversity | Leadership

304 pages | Corwin
'The beauty of this volume is that it is designed to help lay people-teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders, and even university professors begin to engage in the emotionally and psychically difficult conversations about race. Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton have offered us an important book that provides us with empirical data and well constructed exercises to help us think through the ways that race affects our lives and our professional practices. My sincere desire is that after you have had an opportunity to read this volume you will, indeed, engage in some courageous conversations about race' - Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of The Dreamkeepers

Singleton looks at the achievement gap through the prism of race, and in Courageous Conversations About Race, he begins by examining the evidence that points to race-not poverty-as the underlying cause behind the achievement gap.

This work, while exploring how race affects all educators, declares that we need to have engaged, sustained, and deep conversations about race in order to understand students and the achievement gap. Singleton calls this process "courageous conversations." Through these "courageous conversations," educators can learn how to redesign curriculum and create community and true equity.

Action steps to close the achievement gap include creating an equity team and collaborative action research. The final chapter presents a systemwide plan for transforming schools and districts, including activities, exercises, and checklists for central office administrators, principals, and teachers.

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Breaking the Silence: Ushering in Courageous Conversation About Race
 
Part I. Passion: An Essential Characteristic of Anti-Racist Leadership
 
2. What's So Courageous About This Conversation?
 
3. Why Race?
 
4. Agreeing to Talk About Race
 
Part II. Practice: The Foundation of Anti-Racist Leadership
 
5. The First Condition: Getting Personal Right Here and Right Now
 
6. The Second Condition: Keeping the Spotlight on Race
 
7. The Third Condition: Engaging Multiple Racial Perspectives
 
8. The Fourth Condition: Keeping Us All at the Table
 
9. The Fifth Condition: What Do You Mean By "Race"?
 
10. The Sixth Condition: Let's Talk About Whiteness
 
Part III. Persistence: The Key to Anti-Racist Leadership
 
11. How Anti-Racist Leaders Close the Achievement Gap
 
12. Exploring a Systemic Framework for Closing the Racial Achievement Gap
 
13. Using Courageous Conversation to Achieve Equity in Schools
 
Resource: Racism and the Achievement Gap
 
References
 
Index

"The beauty of this volume is that it is designed to help lay people—teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders, and even university professors—begin to engage in the emotionally and psychically difficult conversations about race. Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton have offered us an important book that provides us with empirical data and well-constructed exercises to help us think through the ways that race affects our lives and our professional practices. My sincere desire is that after you have had an opportunity to read this volume you will, indeed, engage in some courageous conversations about race."

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Author, The Dreamkeepers

"Challenges educators to talk in honest and open ways about race, and provides various tools to stimulate and inform the conversation. Singleton and Linton remind us that the achievement gap will not be eliminated until we learn to talk about race in ways that build bridges of understanding that lead to effective action."

Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"Given the sensitive issues of race in our nation, schools and school leaders need tools that can illuminate the concerns, guide the discussions, and generate momentum for growth and change.  This book provides the tools and resources needed to move from open dialogue to meaningful action that can make excellence and equity in schools a reality."

Monte C. Moses, Superintendent
Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, CO

"Talking about race and its effect on academic achievement remains one of the most elusive conversations today. In their new book, Singleton and Linton help educators understand and engage in the discourse around race that affects the success of any curriculum, instructional methodology, or program implementation. The book's exercises and prompts assists school and district leadership teams in articulating those innate behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes that impair our ability to be effective in closing the racial achievement gap. I am encouraged to know that educators will be empowered and supported as we develop our personal capacity to address one of the most crucial elements of our society: the education of our children."

Yvette M. Irving, Principal
Samuel Stipe Elementary School, San Jose, CA

"This is an important book that challenges one to think critically about the effects of race and student achievement. It is an invitation to sustain a strong desire for fairness and equity for all children."

SMSG Newsletter

"In an era when America seems content to sweep candid talk of race under the rug, Courageous Conversations About Race recognizes that denial isn’t a prescription for interracial tolerance and social progress. The authors provide thoughtful educators with innovative instructional tools to successfully navigate the most robustly diverse nation on earth."

Hugh B. Price, Former President and CEO
National Urban League

"Singleton and Linton challenge educators to move beyond recognizing the existence of a racial achievement gap and to develop strategies to eliminate it."

Curriculum Connections, Fall 2006
School Library Journal

Too limited for course

Dr Regina Ryan
Education Dept, Immaculata University
April 20, 2012

I love this book and have been using it for years. I heard that there will be a new edition coming, but cannot find any info about the release date online. Do you know if this it true?

Stephanie Poczos

Mrs Stephanie Poczos
Secondary Education , National-Louis University
August 17, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1


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Glenn E. Singleton

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... More About Author

Curtis Wallace Linton

Curtis Linton is a co-owner of The School Improvement Network where he is co-executive producer of The Video Journal of Education and TeachStream. He has spent the last 10 years documenting on video and in print the improvement efforts and best practices of the most suc­cessful schools and school systems across North America. Each year, he visits more than 100 classrooms and schools, capturing what they do to succeed with all students at the classroom, school, and system levels. Linton has written or produced dozens of award-winning video-based staff development programs. His areas of expertise include closing the achievement gap and... More About Author

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