Facilitator's Guide to Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools

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Corwin Press, 2007 - Education - 58 pages
"Create staff development training that addresses the relationship between race and achievement!"Acutely aware of the statistical gaps in achievement between different racial groups, educators realize that eliminating this disparity is critically to developing cultural proficiency. Candid conversations about race help educational leaders understand why performance inequity persists and how to guide policy analysis and instructional reform that promotes true academic parity. Designed to complement the best-selling "Courageous Conversations About Race," this facilitator's guide shows how to use professional development events to help educational leaders examine the achievement gap through the prism of race. This chapter-by-chapter guide explains how to engage educators in discussions about personal agendas, multiple racial perspectives, closing the racial achievement gap, and extending their professional learning. Trainers also will find practical features, includingImplementation exercisesPrompts, language, and tools that support profound discussionActivities and checklists for administratorsAction steps for creating an equity team Highlights for the facilitator includeActivities for small or large groupsDiscussion and journaling promptsKey sources for supplemental readingSample workshop agendas for half-day, one-day, or two- to three-day sessionsA workshop evaluation formUsing the "Facilitator's Guide to Courageous Conversations About Race," you can help educators construct a language and a process for addressing the relationship between race and achievement. With creative, open dialogue, leaders can restructure their schools and fulfill every student's potentialregardless of race, culture, or class.

About the author (2007)

Gloria Ladson-Billings was a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked for a decade as a teacher and administrator in the Philadelphia Public Schools. She is the author of The Dreamkeepers (Jossey-Bass, 1997).

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