As a leader, how do you engage in conversations about race?
Many educators struggle to take personal and professional responsibility when it comes to meeting the needs of students of color who are not succeeding. Instead, they tend to focus on factors external to the school for explaining why students' low achievement rather than examining their own instructional practices.
Addressing the impact of race in education is not a "feel good" experience. Nor is it an attempt to make White educators feel guilty, promote pity for people of color, or extract revenge on their behalf. The use of Courageous Conversation provides the foundation for a systemic strategy to build responsibility through more thorough and authentic personal inquiry and engagement by educators, students, families, and the broader community. Educators participate in this difficult work for the sake of their students. Schools need to become places where effective education is guaranteed to every child.
From: Courageous Conversations about Race by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton
Published by: Corwin Press