Courageous Conversations about Race
Courageous Conversations about Race have been occrring in every school in PPS. At Lincoln, we this year began, as a staff and community, to really delve into work that would build our awareness and knowledge on how race, racism, and white supremacy are perpetuated in our country, city, and school. This process has been built with intention, and although it is challenging at times, it has offered space for our staff to begin to process and question their own racial bias and how this impacts their daily lives and work with our students and families. As a school community, we are committed to doing things differently and have a common understanding that change does not happen overnight; that there is no “quick fix”. Because we know this, we know that we must constantly be engaged in this work and be open to discomfort; we must be honest and open with ourselves and each other if we are going to begin to dismantle institutions that uphold racism and begin to create a more equitable school for our kids and our families.
To that end, Lincoln staff is pursuing the Courageous Conversations approach recommended by the Pacific Education Group (PEG) based in California. The author of the book Courageous Conversations About Race, Glenn Singleton, is working closely with PPS to lead our efforts in this area.
Lincoln Staff have discussed the following topics with these key concepts and vocabulary.
These links are to articles the Lincoln staff has, or will be, reading and discussing:
Parents and student are invited to join the LHS staff in a Courageous Conversation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
The Four Agreements
Stay Engaged-- Listening for your partners’ benefit, not just for your benefit. Modeling the listening behaviors that you seek
Speak Your Truth -- Having the courage to share your experience/perspective and asking questions of your partners that will encourage them to share theirs.
Experience Discomfort-- Searching out experiences/perspectives different from your own. Having the courage to ask your partners to ask questions of you.
Expect/Accept Non-Closure-- Not looking to solve/answer all of the questions. Not looking for the solution/answer. Looking for a different question that will help us to find a different solution.
The Six Conditions
1.Focus on Personal, Local and Immediate
3.Normalize Social Construction & Multiple Perspectives
4.Monitor Agreements, Conditions and Establish Parameters
5.Use a “Working Definition” for Race
6.Examine the Presence and Role of “Whiteness”