Book review: Helping Children Succeed

Empty. While reading Helping Children Succeed, the new book by Paul Tough, I went through the ink of a brand new highlighter. Need I say more? In this follow-up to his best-selling, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul answers the “tough” questions he encountered while promoting his prior work. This piece continues to note statistics and research such as this note, “In 2013, the United States reached an educational milestone. For the first time, a majority of the country’s public school students — 51 percent of them, to be precise — fell below the…

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Book Review: The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

Having formed a sizable committee from all walks of our educational to craft a plan to become a “District of Innovation,” district leaders and I decided to launch our series of “colloquies” with a book study. Considering the title, The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, and the fact the author, George Couros, was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for our summer technology and curriculum conference, Lone Star TIA, it made perfect sense. Although I’d already ordered a digital copy upon its release, I had yet read the text knowing I was saving…

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On my bookshelf

On Pinterest, I created a list of [the most influential] books on my bookshelf. My favorites/most influential: 1. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown 2. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown 3. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown 4. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown 5. Linchpin by Seth Godin 6. Poke the Box by Seth Godin 7. Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds 8. Schools Cannot Do It Alone by Jamie Vollmer 9. What Matters Now by Gary Hamel 10. (tie) Start with Why by Simon Sinek 10. (tie) Switch by Chip and Dan Heath 10. (tie) Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath 13. A Whole New Mind by…

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