April 13, 2023 Community Conversation
How do we think about local news?
- Local news startups are overcoming the evils of corporate chain ownership by Dan Kennedy
- The National Trust for Local News
- The Emancipator at the Boston Globe
- Building Back Truth in an Age of Misinformation by Leslie F. Stebbins
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?
- Anything But Steady (Ofrit Liviatan)
- Novel based on intellectual and scholarly work that teaches about the conflict in Ireland, its past, present and its evolving future
- Building a Beacon of Hope in Boston (Jerren Chang and Henry Santana)
- Op-ed co-authored with the Boston Mayor’s Office about plans to promote civic engagement in the city in 2023.
- Citizens’ assemblies: are they the future of democracy? (The Guardian)
- Flipping tables and killing darlings (Courtney Martin)
- The author invites us to let go of good/bad binaries, “acknowledge our power and our struggle wherever we sit on the hierarchies”, and align “our hope for humanity with the ways we try to grow and change every single day.”
- Our Common Purpose – Reforms to Reinvent Democracy for the 21st Century
- The Relational Work of Systems Change (Katherine Milligan, Juanita Zerda & John Kania)
- The authors reinforce that systems are made up of people, and lasting change must stem from changes in how we relate to one another.
- Rethinking Civic Engagement (Brennan Center for Justice)
- What Is Civic Engagement? Definition and Examples (ThoughtCo)
- What Makes Someone a Good Member of Society? (Pew Research)
February 9, 2023 Community Conversation
Race and Schools, and Social Justice
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, 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?
Lexington, MA, DEI Resources
- Toward an Equitable and Just Community
- Toward an Equitable and Just Community for All (video)
- Lexington Human Rights Committee
- Lexington Commission on Disability
- Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project
Resources Beyond Lexington
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
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