A close partner to the School Desegregation Notebook, IntegratedSchools.org is a grassroots, volunteer network of parents who come together for discussions about what it means – for them, their children, society in general – to opt in to integrated schools. They generate conversations a number of different ways, including:
- A blog, which features posts from parents in their network
- Their “two-tour pledge” – parents agree to tour two majority minority schools and to discuss the tours with two parent friends
- A book club that meets online. The next sessions will be held on May 21st and May 23rd, and they are reading “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools” by Linn Posey-Maddox – you can sign-up here.
But, the primary focus of their work is oriented towards building community chapters of parents who meet to discuss school integration in their cities/communities. Their website currently lists over 15 chapters across the country, and they can help launch chapters anywhere, providing meeting strategies, flyers and sample agendas for anyone who’s interested. I’m excited to say that I’ll be hosting a group in the Boston area this fall. Let me know if you’re interested in participating!