Resources Offered to the Committee

To address the Board's goal of developing a strategic plan, the district put together a committee consisting of 30 family members, community members, staff, Board and students to meet regularly throughout the 2018 spring semester. 

The committee met five times in early 2018 into the summer, reviewing the following items to determine major themes the District might desire to address in its strategic plan:
•Data from additional questions on strategic plan-related topics added to the annual Perception Survey that each family and staff member received. Responses in this survey help the district set its goals not only for the Strategic Plan, but for your school’s Continuous Improvement Team. The perception survey press release can be found here. 

•Data collected following the District's number of focus groups held in late February, consisting of more than 120 students, staff, and family members that represented a cross section of our district. 

•Internal data collection on a variety of District-related topics was assembled.

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Listed below are various resources the committee utilized in the process of creating the District's strategic plan...


Courageous Conversations About Race (Glenn Singleton)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Caprice Hollins and Ilsa Govan)

Race Matters (Cornel West)

Whistling Vivaldi (Claude Steele)

Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools (A. Lewis & J. Diamond)

“Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” (Beverly Daniel Tatum)

Other People's Children (Lisa Delpit)

Critical Race Theory (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic)

Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America (Elliot Jaspin)

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (James W. Loewen)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz)

The History of White People (Nell Irvin Painter)

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything your American History Textbook Got Wrong (James W. Loewen)

Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage (William Loren Katz)

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Bryan Stevenson)

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (Michael Eric Dyson)

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald)

Worked to the Bone: Race, Class Power & Privilege in Kentucky (Pem Davidson Buck)

Why We Drop Out: Understanding and Disrupting Pathways to Leaving School (Deborah Feldman, Antony smith, Barbara Waxman)

White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White (Daniel Hill)

The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege (Ken Wytsma)

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice (Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil)

Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America (Roberto G. Gonzales)

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Carol Anderson, PhD)

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)

Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century (Monique W. Morris)

The Invention of the White Race (Theodore W. Allen)

Between the World and Me (T-Nehisi Coates)

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (Douglas A. Blackmon)

Choke Hold: Policing Black Me (Paul Butler)

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White (Frank H. Wu)

Citizen: An American Lyric (Claudia Randine)

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Inequality in America (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (Tim Wise)

How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Moustafa Bayoumi)

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Richard Rothstein)

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Radial Justice Movement (Wesley Lowery)

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam

American Nations: A History of the 11 Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Colin Woodward)

Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (Tim Wise)

“All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz)

The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Justin Gest)

Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond)

White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America (Nancy Isenberg)

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother (Sonia Nazario)

White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Robin DiAngelo - being released on 6/23/2018)

Feature Articles:
•Curb Cut Effect
•Educational Equity
•What is Resource Equity

Other Articles:

* White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (1989 classic essay by Peggy McIntosh):

* Should wealthy PTAs have to share funds with poorer schools?:

* We can draw school zones to make classrooms less segregated (article and interactive graphs)

* Why Do Cartoon Villains Speak with Foreign Accents

* The Show was Supposed to Bring Black and White Students Together - It Almost Tore Them Apart:

* The Intrusion of the White, Middle Class in Bi-Lingual Schools

* How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most (article and interactive graphs):

* Special Education’s Hidden Racial Gap:

* At Maryland’s Historically Black Schools, the Pursuit of Equity Without Forgoing Identity

* Private School Enrollment Contributes to School Segregation (article with link to study):

* What Happened When Denver Prioritized Enrolling Low Income Students at Some Affluent Schools:

* Sorry, Being Born Rich Still Leads to Success More Than Working Hard in School:

* 5 Tips for Helping Angry Children Have a Better Day:

* Principals Like SEL - Here’s Why Schools Struggle with It:

* Education Inequalities at the School Starting Gate (report):

* Muster the Political Will to Close the Achievement Gap Now, Not Later:

* High school student's science project linking race, low intelligence spurs investigation

* Type-Casting for School Plays:

* Institutional Racism - Changing the Narrative:

* How Mass Incarceration Contributes to the Achievement   Gap:

* The Warm Demander: An Equity Approach

* Creating an Inclusive Classroom:

* Black Disparities in Youth Incarceration:

* New federal civil rights data show persistent racial gaps in discipline, access to advanced coursework

* The Troublemakers

* Walmart Is Being Sued for Locking Black Hair-Care Products in a Glass Case

* ML King - More Radical Than We Remember:

* What You Need to Know About Measuring Social-Emotional Learning (guide):

*When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers are Too:

* Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago:

* The Education Equity Timeline:

* Don’t Suspend Students – Empathize:

* Vulnerable Students Face Discipline Disparities:

* SEL Researchers: Ask 'what's right?' - not 'what's wrong?' - with kids from poor, stressful backgrounds:

* Equity Fatigue and How it Affects Leaders of Color:

* Grade Inflation in Suburban Schools Hurts Poor Kids:

* Teacher Race and School Discipline:

* Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color:

* My family wanted me to go to college, but I felt guilty. Here’s why. utm_content=buffer4f93a&utm_medium=social&

* How Private Funding Creates Disparities Among Detroit's Pre-K Classrooms:

* The Road to Equity is Paved with Emotions:

* Students Feel Safer in More Diverse Schools (study):,amp.html

* When Communities Secede From School Districts, Inequity & Segregation Follow. But 30 States Let It Happen Anyway:

* First Generation Students’ Struggles Don’t End After Graduation:

*White Skin; Black Emojis:

* Forget Wealth and Neighborhood – The Racial Income Gap Persists:

* Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States: An Intergenerational Perspective (research paper):

* 20 Tips to Help De-Escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students:

* How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (YouTube video):

* As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind:

* 5 Facts About Prisoners and Work – Before and After Incarceration:

* America has locked up so many Black people is has warped our sense of reality:

* How Immigration Crackdowns are Hurting America’s Poorest Schools:

* Black Children will be the Victims of Armed Teachers:

* Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered:

* Teachers' implicit bias against black students starts in preschool, study finds:

* Destigmatizing Privilege:

* The Girls of the Leesburg Stockade:



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