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  • 1.  Daring Discussions Toolkit

    Posted 08-23-2017 12:41 PM
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    Hello All!
    Recently I was tasked with creating training workshops on young children and race, culture, inclusion, and implicit bias. Needless to say, I had to prepare myself differently than with previous training workshops. I was sent this toolkit on "Daring Discussions" that I found very useful to navigate confrontation and finding common ground. Through its use I have had intentional "daring discussions" with office colleagues who I know have different views. They occurred in my office behind a closed door and strictly confidential. It was eye-opening to say the least. The intent was to be aware of questions, viewpoints and opinions that I may encounter. My current and upcoming workshops include, The Importance of Fostering a Positive Self-Image in Young African-American Males through Literature and Imagery, Implicit Bias and the Child Care Classroom, Young Children and Race and Cultural Enrichment/Family Engagement.
    This is what I learned: 

    Breathe before responding
    Listen more than you speak (2 ears 1 mouth)
    Don't take it personal
    Everyone lives in their own truth
    Everyone wants to be heard

    Let's continue the conversation.
    Suggestion: Please read over the Daring Discussion goals, guiding principles, considerations and instructions before responding. I've attached the toolkit for your use. (4 pages total)
    Peace! Literally!

    Petrea Hicks M.Ed.
    ECE Consultant
    XYZ...the end result! LLC
    Gaithersburg MD


  • 2.  RE: Daring Discussions Toolkit

    Posted 08-24-2017 10:22 AM
    Thanks, Petrea. The Daring Discussions Tool Kit is a good companion piece to the Tyrone C. Hoard (UCLA) 8/18/2017 Ed Week blog, "When We Talk About Race, Let's Be Honest". The Tool Kit provided a framework for the patience needed to "bring folks along" as opposed to "setting them straight". I personally do not consider such conversations daring, but I know many who do and as a result freeze rather than have them. The Tool Kit is a rich resource.

    Jerlean Daniel
    Curtis Bay MD

  • 3.  RE: Daring Discussions Toolkit

    Posted 08-24-2017 12:52 PM
    Thank you for the toolkit on Daring Discussions. I have many Early Childhood Professionals who find conflict management the most challenging part of their work. Many of us are more prepared to take care of others and not adept at taking care of ourselves when it comes to difficult conversations. I am also aware of a resource titled Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High written by Kerry Patterson that recommends many of the same tools.

    Linda Boss
    Lewistown PA