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Courageous Conversations

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Jude Gerrard

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Transcript of Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations About Race
Beyond Diversity


What are Courageous Conversations?

Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations
(we must be strong and resilient)
(we recognize there is a racial teaching practice/achievement gap and work towards elimination)
(requires patience and urgency)
Utilizing a set of AGREEMENTS, CONDITIONS, and COMPASS to engage, sustain, and deepen interracial dialogue about race in order to examine schooling and improve student achievement

A Courageous Conversation works to ...
ENGAGE those who won't talk
SUSTAIN the conversation when it gets uncomfortable or diverted
DEEPEN the conversation to the point where authentic understanding and meaningful conversations occur
Stay Engaged
Speak YOUR Truth
Experience Discomfort
Expect and Accept Non-Closure
The "How"
These agreements define the process
We respond to information using our heart when a racial issue strikes at us at a level and causes internal feelings such as anger, sadness, joy, or embarrassment.
We respond to a racial issue or information by personal connect/disconnect with the subject or a search for more information or data. Our intellectual response is often verbal and based in our best thinking using our head.
We respond to racial information or events from deep-seated belief(s). Often this has to do with our beliefs in the rightness or wrongness of a given racial issue(s). The justification for one's moral views are often situated in the "gut" or soul & may not be easily articulated.
We connect and respond to racial information by acting using our hands & feet or what is most often characterized as specific behaviours & actions.
Hands & feet
1. My Passion
2. Looks and Feels Like
3. Equity/Anti-Racism
4. Leadership
What is a non-work related activity about which I am truly passionate?
What is it that I feel and that others would see as I engage in the activity about which I am passionate?
What is my PERSONAL definition of equity/anti-racism?
What is our COLLECTIVE definition of equity/anti-racism?
When I am engaging in equity/anti-racism work, what do I feel and see?
What qualities and characteristics are exhibited by leaders who are engaging in equity/anti-racism work?
In what ways do I personally exhibit these qualities and characteristics of equity/anti-racist leadership?
An Essential Characteristic of Racial Equity Leadership
What's so COURAGEOUS about this conversation?
Why do we need to talk about race?
Agreeing to talk about race
Using the Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations
The Foundation of Racial Equity Leadership
The Six Conditions of Courageous Conversations :

1. Focus on Personal, Local & Immediate
2. Isolate Race
3. Normalize Social Construction & Multiple Perspectives
4. Monitor Agreements, Conditions & Establish Parameters
5. Use a "Working Definition" for Race?
6. Examine the Presence and Role of "Whiteness"
The Key to Racial Equity Leadership
Eliminating Systemic Racial Disparities
Systemic Framework for Achieving Equity in Schools
As a Strategy for Achieving Equity in Schools
the SUSTAINING Conditions 3 & 4

Sustain yourself and others in the conversation through mindful inquiry into those multiple perspectives, beliefs & experiences that are different than your own.

3. Normalize Social Construction & Multiple Perspectives

4. Monitor Agreements, Conditions & Establish Parameters
the ENGAGING Conditions 1 & 2

Engage through your own personal racial experiences, beliefs & perspectives while demonstrating respectful understanding of specific historical as well as contemporary, local & immediate racial contexts.
1. Focus on Personal, Local & Immediate

2. Isolate Race
Six Conditions
(BECAUSE Is Diversity enough?)
next Steps moving Forward...
Where do we go from here?
(questions to ask myself)
3 aspects of Courageous Conversations About Race
the DEEPENING Conditions 5 & 6

Deepen your understanding of WHITENESS, and interrogate your beliefs about your own association with & relationship to white privilege & power.

5. Use a "Working Definition" of Race

6. Examine the presence & role of "Whiteness"
- are sequential and progressive, and they intentionally build on each other.
- are organized into three tiers - Engaging, Sustaining & Deepening, each of which encapsulates two conditions and is framed by a guiding statement.
Courageous Conversations Compass
Eliminating Systemic Racial Disparities

Systemic Framework for Achieving Equity in Schools

As a Strategy for Achieving Equity in Schools
Personal Racial Equity Leadership
Individual Teacher Racial Equity Leadership
Whole School Racial Equity Leadership
Systematic Racial Equity Leadership
A Vision of Equity
Systematic Racial Equity Transformation
Invisibility vs. Hypervisibility
Understanding Students of Colour & Indigenous Students within a White School
Understanding Systematic White Racism
The Injustice of Gradualism and Incremental Change
The Courageous Conversation Compass
- Personal navigation tool to help guide participants through Courageous Conversations

- Helps us to know where we are personally as well as to recognise the direction from which other participants come

- Leads us to a mutual understanding of our varied beliefs & opinions

- Helps us locate the sources of our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and actions
Glenn Singleton's
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