And it`s not good. Because race definitely influences our schools, our students, and our work as educators, and if we ever want to make real progress on racial issues, we must be able to talk about them openly, honestly, and productively. Pacific Educational Group is a consulting firm dedicated to racial justice. In its 25-year history, its mission has expanded from its initial focus on transforming PreK-12 education and the United States. A wider range of activities are now aimed at race in higher education, businesses, non-profit organizations and law enforcement in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. During the process of studying why, the course also helps teachers study their own beliefs and equip them with tools to talk about them. A set of tools is called four chords. To this end, we have developed Courageous Conversation™ a process for explicitly understanding and discussing race. Hundreds of thousands of people learned the Courageous Conversation About Race Protocol ™ diverse and dynamic collaborators of the Pacific Educational Group. These representatives from different professions, regions and life experiences collaborate to design school curricula, organize seminars and coach executives to use courageous conversation ™ in their personal and professional lives. The four agreements, rules for participation in these difficult discussions, are an important element of the protocol of the courageous talks. Even without taking the course, learning these four agreements can provide guidance on what it takes to progress in a dialogue about race.
We believe that systemic racism is the most devastating factor that contributes to limiting all human beings, especially people of colour and Indigenous peoples, to the highest level. It breaks up our communities and undermines the support and food we would otherwise get from them. We cannot hope to eliminate predictable racial outcomes from our lives if we do not first discuss race and racism in a serious, honest and lasting way. That`s the idea behind Courageous Conversations About Race, an online course that teaches participants how to talk about race. In February 2018, Broward County welcomed 300 of its educators and the results were significant. Participants who describe the course as a life change say they wish any pedagogue would take it.