Two of Burlington’s elementary schools – the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) and the Sustainability Academy (SA) – are working to move forward with open dialogues on race.
These schools began on October 19 with a parent-teacher-administrator dialogue, facilitated by Daniel Baron. This is a parent-driven initiative whose goal is to bring the community closer together, and to create the dialogue in our schools that is needed to ensure inclusive education. The discussion was centered on the book, Courageous Conversations on Race, by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton.
This important book provides the tools for schools and parents to engage in open dialogue and move to practical actions that can make excellence and equity in schools a reality. The book challenges educators and parents to talk in honest and open ways about race, making clear that to have inclusive equitable schools requires us to learn to engage in this conversation in ways that build bridges of understanding and lead to effective action.
We, Diversity Now, are asking you to help open the doors to putting the book, Courageous Conversations about Race, in the hands of teachers and parents. Ongoing discussions will be based on this book.
You can help by going to the Amazon.com link below to the “wish list” created for this purpose, and purchase a copy of this book. The book(s) you donate will automatically be mailed to IAA. Alternatively, you may purchase and mail or drop off books directly to the IAA at the following address:
IAA-SA Courageous Conversations
c/o Principal Brian Williams
Integrated Arts Academy
3 Archibald St.
Burlington, VT 05401
There is a need for about 25 copies of the book to support this initiative. We hope you can support this important grass-roots effort in the city’s most diverse schools.