Courageous Conversations

The events of the last year have sparked conversations amongst families, colleagues, and friends, about race, including the Academic Services team at AP. The team has adopted Glenn Singleton’s Courageous Conversations framework: stay engaged, expect to experience discomfort, speak your truth, and expect and accept non-closure (Singleton & Linton 2006).

Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton’s book Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools as well as the companion book More Courageous Conversations about Race, provides educators a framework for talking about issues related to race. In addition to the Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations, the books also suggest six conditions for participants to consider:

  • Focus on personal, local, and immediate
  • Isolate race
  • Normalize social construction & multiple perspectives
  • Monitor agreements, conditions and establish parameters
  • Use a “working definition” for race
  • Examine the presence and role of Whiteness

Further Reading

To learn more about racial equality, honest dialogue, and courageous conversations in our classrooms, check out this list of compiled readings: