Book Club

The Integrated Schools Book Club is a way for people from across the country to come together and discuss books/articles/videos/podcasts pertaining to school integration. While the conversations are geared for parents, everyone is welcome.  We meet via video-conference and keep the sessions small so that everyone has a chance to talk — this is not a webinar!  There is no cost to attend — you need only internet access at the time of the meeting (and if you don’t have access to a computer with a camera, no worries).


How Book Club Works:

  • Register by clicking on the Current Session (you’ll be emailed a confirmation with simple instructions for how to log in to the video conference)
  • Invite your friends! Post on your social media!
  • Get ahold of the book/readings/podcast/videos
  • Read/Listen/View: do your homework.
  • Join the video-conference discussion at the given time and talk!



Join us at the end of May to discuss Amanda Lewis and John Diamond’s Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools — a must-read for integrating parents!

Through five years’ worth of interviews and data-gathering at Riverview, John Diamond and Amanda Lewis have created a rich and disturbing portrait of the achievement gap that persists more than fifty years after the formal dismantling of segregation. As students progress from elementary school to middle school to high school, their level of academic achievement increasingly tracks along racial lines, with white and Asian students maintaining higher GPAs and standardized testing scores, taking more advanced classes, and attaining better college admission results than their black and Latino counterparts. Most research to date has focused on the role of poverty, family stability, and other external influences in explaining poor performance at school, especially in urban contexts. Diamond and Lewis instead situate their research in a suburban school, and look at what factors within the school itself could be causing the disparity. Most crucially, they challenge many common explanations of the ‘racial achievement gap,’ exploring what race actually means in this situation, and why it matters.

Your Homework:

  • read the book Despite the Best Intentions — and especially Chapter 5 on Opportunity Hoarding. Seriously.
  • &/or listen to the Integrated Schools podcast interview with Dr. Lewis

Register to join in the discussion by clicking the date/time that works for you:

May 21, 2019 (Tuesday) at 9amPT/noonET

May 23, 2019 (Thursday) at 530pmPT/830pmET


And check out our previous Book Clubs to see what else we’ve been reading..