High Desert ESD is proud to continue our annual, organization-wide book club. For this 2018 We Read, we have chosen Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald’s Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. We invite HDESD staff to join this discovery opportunity. The outcomes and things we hope to accomplish include discussion and reflection on the nature of our work. This shared learning can take various forms and formats. We encourage you to help us build the We Read.

Here’s what you need to know for now:

  • You can receive a copy of the book by signing up on the form below.
  • We have paper and digital format available, at no cost to you.
  • On the sign-up form, we’re also asking for input on how you would like to participate. In addition to selecting from the handful of brainstormed ideas, please feel free to add your own.
  • We will follow-up with information about face-to-face and virtual discussion opportunities.
  • The We Read is an opportunity that is entirely optional. You are not required to read or participate in a group.

One-Time Meet-ups

These groups will meet once to discuss reactions and make connections to Blind Spot with colleagues across the HDESD.

Facilitator: Paul Andrews (RSVP to: paul.andrews@hdesd.org)

Location: Townsend’s Teahouse (835 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701)

Date/Time: March 8th, 3-4pm

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Facilitator: Rachel Wente-Cheney (RSVP to: rachel.wente-chaney@hdesd.org)

Location: Madeline’s (2414 S Hwy 97, Redmond, OR 97756)

Date/Time: April 25, 2019, 4:30-5:50

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Facilitator: Whitney Swander (RSVP to: whitney.swander@hdesd.org)

Location: Esta Bien! 2 (221 NW Hill St, Bend, OR 97701)

Date/Time: March 19th, 4-5:30

Discussion Groups

These groups will meet 3 times to dig deeper into Blind Spot and make connections with colleagues across the HDESD about the content.

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Facilitator: Kimberly Strong (RSVP: kimberly.strong@hdesd.org)

Location: HDREC (2804 SW 6th St., Redmond, OR 97701)

Dates: Second Wednesday of the Month (3/13, 4/10, 5/8)  

Time: Noon-1

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Facilitator: Anna Higgins (RSVP: anna.higgins@hdesd.org)

Location: Jackson’s Corner Eastside (1500 NE Cushing Dr. #100, Bend, OR 97701)

Dates: March 5th, April 2nd, and April 30th

Time: 12:00-1:30.

We Read Sign-Up

  • Choose all that interest you. For the face-to-face groups, they can be small groups or larger groups, formal or informal, scheduled often or scheduled sparsely. We don't have set schedules for any option yet.
  • We welcome your input and collaboration on this year's We Read. Do you have ideas for ways to discuss or share thoughts on the book? Have you participated in a We Read before and have good stories we can borrow from?
  • We will follow up with details and invitations in October. Thanks for joining us as we continue this year's equity-focused road trip.