Community Conversations on Race is calling everyone in.  This adult education series aims to create a space where open, honest and brave discussions about race and racism help move us toward a more equitable and inclusive school structure and community. Through these conversations we hope to develop awareness about the barriers that can divide our school community and to create an environment where all families feel included. Engaging parents, teachers and staff in genuine relationship building and dialogue, these conversations add to the important work already happening to shift the school culture and climate to ensure a thriving educational environment for every student. Large events are held 2-3 times per school year where a professional diversity trainer leads a presentation and facilitates group discussions among parents, caregivers, teachers & staff. Childcare and entertainment are provided for children on-site and dinner is provided for all attending. Additional Courageous Conversation small group meetings such as book groups or sharing meals and discussions together may occur between all-school events.  Scroll down for suggested books on these important topics.  




    Confronting Stereotypes: Psychologist finds that kids understand and engage with inequality issues.



    Wonderful article regarding the importance of talking about race with our children.  Click on the title above to read.

    “Noticing race and racism is not bad. We want kids to notice when things aren’t fair or equal.” 





    Your 5-year-old is already racially biased. Here’s what you can do about it.

    Click on the link above to learn more about the development of racial and ethnic biases in children AND see how parents can help to educate and engage our own children through this process. 



    Children's Books and Conversation Starters

    For more resources on children’s books and conversation starter questions to talk with your children at home about connecting across difference, visit Willard’s anti-bias curriculum website: https://willardschoolantibias.weebly.com  and visit the “Books” and “More…” tabs for home/school connection questions.

    Adult Book List
    Are you new to talking about race or systemic racism? 

    Just Mercy

    - The New Jim Crow

    - Why Do all the Black Kids Sit Together in the Cafeteria?
    - So You Want to Talk about Race

    Want to dig more into Whiteness?
    - What Does It Mean To Be White?

    - White Awake
    - White Like Me
    - Waking Up White

    Needing a good history lesson?
    - Stamped From the Beginning 
    - White Rage
    - An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
    - Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

    - The Making of Asian America: A History

    - An African-American and Latinx History of the United States
    - The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority
    Want a book on the recent bestseller list?
    - Between the World and Me
    - Americahnah
    - Small Great Things
    - The Hate U Give
    - When They Call You a Terrorist
    - Born A Crime
    Oldies but Goodies
    - Ain't I A Woman
    - The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys
    - Invisible Man
    - The Miseducation of the Negro
    Happy Reading! 
    [Compiled by Nicole Brownlee]