April 30, 2024 – Community Conversation

Growing up in a climate crisis: how are young people responding?

Presenter Bios

Climate Resources

The Circle Way – The Circle Way is about connection. It is about relationship. Relationship to ourselves, to our families, to our work, our goals and dreams, to the Earth and all life, and to the cosmic drama of which we are all a part. Manitonquat believes it was the circle that made our ancestors human and that our pervasive isolation within our culture contradicts and reduces our humanity. The purpose of the circle, he says, is for people to support one another and build their lives together. To effect this and help people connect more deeply he has developed tools that are interesting, creative, fun and inspiring.

The Existential Toolkit for Climate Educators

Educator’s Guide to Climate Emotions – Climate Psychology Alliance of North America
The Educator’s Guide to Climate Emotions, written by a team of teachers, researchers, and mental health clinicians in consultation with youth climate leaders and climate psychology professionals, offers a variety of approaches for working with climate emotions in educational settings. The guide offers suggestions for age-appropriate pedagogical approaches, cross-disciplinary teaching methods, as well as opportunities for collective action and collaboration. The guide highlights the transformative potential of incorporating emotions in climate education to foster a sense of agency, efficacy, and purpose among students.

How to Live in a Chaotic Climate, Good Grief Network

Leading with Race in Climate Solutions – Climate justice is racial justice. There is no way to advance equitable, effective, and just solutions to climate change without also addressing the marginalization of people of color and the disproportionate burdens that communities of color shoulder as the planet warms. 

Leading With Race In Climate Solutions Legal Attacks + Pathways Forward

LEXELECTRIFY – A community-wide campaign to empower homeowners, renters, and businesses to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the building and transportation sectors.

Lexington Curbside Compost Pilot – Lexington is expanding its curbside composting pilot program to allow an additional 2,000 Lexington households to sign up for curbside pickup of food waste and other compostable items at no cost. Sign up begins on May 1, 2024.

Rae Andre wins 2019 David I Bradford Outstanding Educator Award For Teaching Students About Climate Change And Sustainability/

Resilient Lexington Newsletter – See the Resilient Lexington webpage to sign up.

Video: A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, The Intercept
What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like? Set decades in the future, the film is a rejection of the idea that that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion. Instead it asks what might happen if we choose to radically change course. This film by The Intercept is narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple.

The Work That Reconnects – Joanna Macy. The Work That Reconnects is meant for anyone who longs to serve the healing of our world in a more powerful and effective way. This interactive group process was developed by Joanna Macy, in cooperation with many colleagues, over several decades. The Work That Reconnects draws on foundational teachings, including Systems Thinking, Deep Ecology and Deep Time, Spiritual Traditions and Undoing Oppression. Listen to the podcast:  We Are the Great Turning: Love, Courage, and Connection in the Climate Crisis and form a podcast club using the Toolkit for Diving Deeper.

Yale Climate connections: Want to take action on climate change? These books can help

Youth Climate Leadership Program – Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon’s Youth Climate Leadership Program (YCLP) is youth-led, multi-level immersion in youth empowerment and leadership, culminating in actionable projects that combat climate change with a local focus. The YCLP is aimed at creating spaces for learning, conversation, networking, and youth-led climate solutions. Mass Audubon’s Statewide Youth Climate Leaders took what they’ve learned and created a guide to forming and managing a youth-led climate group (freely available by clicking on the link above).


January 30, 2024 – Community Conversation

How much affordable housing do we need?

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October 24, 2023 – Community Conversation

Why can’t we talk to each other?

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Watch the LexMedia video on YouTube

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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