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Crucial Conversations Conference

Cooperating School Districts will again conduct a series of videoconference dialogs this year between 3-4 high schools on the topic of race relations.  High school students from different demographic areas of the St. Louis metropolitan area (urban, suburban, and rural) and other parts of the U.S. will have an opportunity to talk with each other in a series of five videoconference dialogs. A trained facilitator from the group  A World of Difference will oversee the conversations.  The session breakdown is as follows: 

Session 1 – Developing a common language to talk about racism, stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice.

Session 2 – What I learned growing up.

Session 3 – How inclusive is my school?

Session 4 – What procedures and policies would make my school more inclusive?

Session 5 – What can I personally do to change things?

All dialogs take place 1-2:00 p.m. CT.  Dates so far:  Nov. 14 & Dec. 12

(2008 dates will be determined as soon as the facilitator gets back to us with his schedule)

Jan. TBD;  Feb. TBD;  March TBD

High school teachers- interested? Contact Martha Bogart if you’d like to participate!  Martha’s phone number is 314-692-1258 and her e-mail is mbogart@csd.org.

Crucial Conversations: Racial Dialogs

giving presentationIn the last week, I’ve connected to teachers over v/c in Kansas, Texas and Michigan to talk about the Racial Dialog videoconference series produced by CSD and A World of Difference.I’ve shared with teachers our 5 part series on racism, stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice. Bringing together high school students from different demographic areas (urban, suburban, rural) for a facilitated conversation really brings out interesting thoughts and ideas. Last year, we had a school from New Jersey join 3 St. Louis area schools in the dialogs, adding a new layer of discussion.We’re still hammering out the dates for the 2007-2008 school year, but if you are interested in having your students participate, contact the VLC.