January 30, 2024 – Community Conversation

How much affordable housing do we need?

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From the Community Conversation


October 24, 2023 – Community Conversation

Why can’t we talk to each other?

Evaluation questionnaire

Watch the LexMedia video on YouTube

Presenter Bios

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Web resources from Essential Partners


What has happened in your life that’s really important to you?

April 13, 2023 Community Conversation

How do we think about local news?

Presenter Bios

Further Reading

What Works in Community News: Media Startups, News Deserts, and the Future of the Fourth Estate by Dan Kennedy and Ellen Clegg will contain a chapter about The Bedford Citizen. It is scheduled to be published by Beacon Press in early 2024.

March 7, 2023 Community Conversation

How do we foster greater civic engagement in Lexington?

Presenter Bios

Further Reading

February 9, 2023 Community Conversation

Race and Schools, and Social Justice

Evaluation questionnaire

Presenter bios

Further Reading

Books on Race and Schools

Race at the Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools by Natasha Warikoo, PhD

Is Affirmative Action Fair? The Myth of Equity in College Admissions by Natasha Warikoo, PhD

Don’t Blame Us by Lily Geismer

Despite the Best Intentions by Amanda Lewis & John Diamond

White Kids by Margaret Hagerman

Lexington’s Demographics

Lexington, MA, Census Data (2022)

Lexington Public Schools (LPS) Equity:

Lexington Public Schools (LPS) Reports

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Lexington Public Schools: Annual Report on LPS Efforts to Reduce Systemic Barriers, January 2023

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Lexington Public Schools: Our Proposed Call to Action (2018):

LPS School Innovation Plans (includes steps to identify and address equity gaps)

LPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

Equity at Lexington Public Schools website

Equity at LPS – Where Do I Start?

DEI Student Advisory Council

LGBTQIA+ Curriculum

Lexington, MA, DEI Resources

Resources Beyond Lexington

Social Justice Standards

Anti-Racist Work in Schools: Are You in it for the Long Haul? 

How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Black Students Who Have One Black Teacher Are More Likely To To To College

Normal Isn’t Real

Teaching Kindness Isn’t Enough

How To Hold a Better Class Discussion

Want More Meaningful Classroom Management? Here Are 8 Questions Teachers Can Ask Themselves

Culturally Responsive In-Person Observation Guide

Gender-Affirming Care: What It Is and Why It’s Necessary

Using Surveys to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Teaching Digital Literacy this Election Season

The Power of Liberatory Research

Resisting Dominant Narratives

What Racist Slur Does to the Body