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COVID-19 Statement

Courageous Conversation Community,

I hope that you, your families, friends and neighbors are all well and safe as we discover what it really means to be a global community. No one questions that COVID-19 has critically interrupted our systems—social, economic, crisis management and others. As we continue to understand and endure, we are reminded of the color, culture and consciousness of the systems and institutions upon which our treatment and recovery depend.

The way in which we greet, engage and associate with one another has been altered dramatically. Our collective effort to stay in and keep each other safe, however, do not include silence on matters critical to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our humanity. While the pandemic is colorblind and knows no borders, the responses are neither.

We sincerely hope that you will join the Courageous Conversation which will follow.

Glenn Singleton
Founder and President

TOWARD CULTURALLY RELEVANT TEACHING:
USING CRITICAL RACE THEORY TO ESTABLISH CULTURAL RELEVANCE BETWEEN TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IN THE RACIALLY COMPLEX CLASSROOM

Whether the result of gentrification, migration, immigration, busing, or charter school enrollment, veteran teachers are witnessing racial demographic shifts that outpace shifts in their teaching practices and the mindsets which underpin them. Throughout the nation and especially in the Portland area, educators’ inability to reach and teach racially transforming student populations is resulting in harmful achievement results for both students and educators of color. These achievement disparities are far from neutral in both cause and effect, rather they are rooted in race and institutional racism. If educators are to achieve for ALL students what first called us to this noble profession, we must adapt. How can we refashion our learning and teaching philosophies and practices to ensure cultural relevance and scholastic excellence for the increasingly diverse student populations we currently serve? This two-day seminar will inform your personal response by 1) applying the Courageous Conversation About Race protocol to exert the four crucial elements in culturally relevant teaching, and 2) using critical race theory to steer progress toward effective teaching practices and mindset. (Prerequisite: Completion of Beyond Diversity™)

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