NEW ORLEANS – Pacific Educational Group, the “equity training” organization that says the mention of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich carries racial connotations, will hold its annual summit this weekend in New Orleans.
According to Pacific Educational Group (PEG), its National Summit for Courageous Conversation “brings together dedicated racial equity leaders from throughout the U.S. and around the world to engage in a deepened conversation about systemic racism and its impact on opportunity and achievement for all students.”
PEG says the summit is designed for educators and community leaders “committed to elevating individual/organizational racial consciousness and eradicating racial disparities that are predictably evident in academic achievement.”
As previously reported by EAGnews, PEG takes the position that African American and Latino students don’t fare as well in school as white students do because our school systems are designed to promote a curriculum based on “white culture” and “white privilege.”
Ben Velderman with EAGnews further reported:
PEG says concepts like hard work and planning for the future are traits of “white culture,” and implies that minority students cannot be expected to respond to a curriculum based on those values. They say black culture is more in tune with “collectivism,” presumably the type applied in Cuba or North Korea.
So our schools often falsely assume that kids of color can and will simply change and thrive in an environment based on white culture,” says one teacher in a PEG promotional video. “Now, when our schools and society truly value our black and brown youth – and that’s shown through school culture, and practice, and policy – then we’ll start to see equal performance.
Several districts nationwide have spent tax payer dollars to receive training from PEG’s ‘Coaching for Educational Equity’ program, and representatives from many of those districts will be presenting at the summit this weekend.
For example, principal of Kelly Elementary School in Portland, Marti Diaz, and Portland Public Schools’ regional administrator, Antonio Lopez, will present a session titled The Latino Experience Through Language.
In this session, they will discuss how Latinos in America have to “negate their own cultural and linguistic heritage to accommodate “Whiteness”” because they are forced to navigate “a system that attempts to take away their language and culture.”
Portland Public Schools recently implemented the book, Courageous Conversations About Race, as a district-wide equity training platform. The book was written by PEG founder, Glenn Singleton, as a field guide for achieving equity in schools.
Other districts presenting and participating in this weekend’s summit include San Lorenzo Unified School District, Brooklyn’s Osseo Area School District 279, Saint Paul Public Schools, Baltimore County Schools, Bellevue School District, and Topeka Public Schools.
According to PEG’s summit schedule, other sessions include:
R.E.A.L: Race, Equity, and Leadership – A Unique Course for High School Students
Black Males: A Courageous Leadership Response to the Systemic Educational Destruction and Demise of Young Men of Color
BEYOND DIVERSITY: Introduction to Courageous Conversation & A Foundation for Deinstitutionalizing Racism and Eliminating the Racial Achievement Gap
Brown Space: The Civil Rights Struggle in Black & Brown
Becoming Our Brother’s Keepers: Interrupting White Racism Among and Between Ethnically Diverse Black Males
Trust Me, Gay Is Not the New Black…or Brown, Yellow or Red for That Matter!
According to the descriptions provided for these sessions, PEG believes ‘white culture’ is to blame for much more than just educational achievement gaps.
For example, in the ‘Trust Me, Gay is Not the New Black…’ session, summit goers will “delve deeper into the complexities of dismantling white supremacy not only in the White culture at large, but also in White gay culture.”
And in the ‘Becoming Our Brother’s Keepers’ session, summit goers will explore and address ways in which intra-racial White racism has created divisions among black males.
According to PEG’s website, the summit — at a cost of $445 per person — is sold out.