Smart Girls in the 21st Century: Understanding Talented Girls and Women by Barbara Kerr and Robyn McKay
Studying decades of smart girls, Kerr and McKay provide a sound, research-based framework for partnering effectively with smart girls to enable their journey to becoming “eminent” women. Using the words of smart girls to make their case, the authors explain each developmental phase of a smart girl’s journey, from childhood through college and beyond. Every smart girl can find herself in these pages, and the parents and teachers of smart girls will find language, lessons, advice, and…comfort. Once you have been introduced to the beehive of smart girls, you will be hooked.
The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence by Rachel Simmons
If you have a chance to hear Rachel Simmons speak, grab it. You will be impressed with the warm, natural manner in which she shares her subject: the emotional lives of girls. But if seeing her live is not an option and you have a daughter, you owe it to yourself and your daughter to read The Curse of the Good Girl. Simmons digs deep into how girls communicate and what they are really saying when they do. Best of all, she offers many suggestions for parents and those working with girls that will help you help them reconnect or stay connected with the authentic self within. Her thoughts on perfectionism will give you cause to pause.
The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Kay and Shipman are journalists and their competence in that regard shines through the pages of this important book as they report in-depth interviews that have informed their thesis This is a solidly researched book providing insights into what some might term a confidence “gap” between men and women. By the end of the read, however, it is clear that there are practical ways in which we can all become braver as we step through new thresholds of opportunity. They believe that confidence can be learned, and you will, too, after reading this book.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The Emma faculty read this book on the recommendation of an Emma student. It is an eye-opening read for introverts, ambiverts and extroverts. Cain takes us inside the mind of an introvert, separating personality issues, and points convincingly to the qualities introverts bring to the table. In a world that values those who speak up fast, often and loudly, the contributions of those who do their thinking quietly may be lost. And this is most unfortunate for us all. In addition to the research, the added bonus is some terrific advice for both parents and teachers of introverts.
Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? by Dr. Antony Wolf
A very relevant, marvelously practical guide for parents of teenagers, written by Dr. Anthony Wolf, a practicing clinical psychologist with decades of experience with adolescent ways of being. This is not the standard fare of parent guide books. Be prepared to nod and smile throughout the reading. The key ah-ha is that our teenagers are not who we were as teenagers. They are a new breed and the old rules no longer work. Parenting adolescents takes a hearty soul and the spirit of adventure…and some help from Dr. Wolf.
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
From the chief operating officer of Facebook-- No surprise, you expected me, the head of a girls school, to recommend this book, didn’t you? Don’t be distracted by the heated public debate this book has caused; read it for the facts, the research and the reality of women’s lives. In 2010, Sandberg gave a provocative talk at the first TEDWomen event in Washington, DC. That talk and the stir it created are the inspiration and substance of this fast, but educational read. The parent of every young woman should read this book. Every young professional woman should read it, too. And if you are mentoring young women, it needs to be on your bedside reading pile. Besides, all proceeds from the book will be donated to Lean In, a non-profit organization that encourages women to lean in to their ambitions. A great cause, yes?
The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner
From the co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education—Wagner has been actively and studiously engaged in the heated debate about the future of education in this country for several decades. This particular volume focuses the need for change within a global perspective. Our students are now and will be for the foreseeable future competing with young people from around the globe for jobs that have not yet even been invented. Wagner articulately and compellingly advocates for the skills our students will need in this new competitive arena. Every educator who puts children at their center of his/her work should read this book. The educational road ahead is definitely undefined and thoroughly exciting.
Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Curtis W. Johnson
The authors provide a compelling and intentionally provocative summary of how education might be transformed by the opportunities provided by technology to deliver individualized education versus the current “factory-like” structure of our school system. They propose an intriguing vision of student-centric learning, which, they claim, could be on line as soon as 2014—the year of Emma Willard’s bicentennial. Interesting to contemplate, intellectually stimulating to imagine.
The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
A read that will change the way you imagine your life. The authors urge you to examine the lens through which you view your experiences. The added treat is that they urge you to do so with creativity, humor and memorable stories that ensure the lessons of the book are well-learned and easily remembered.
College Unranked by Lloyd Thacker
A former college counselor and founder of The Education Conservancy, Lloyd Thacker has gathered the voices of admissions deans, college presidents, and college counselors into a must-have collection that every parent and high school junior should peruse. In sum, these wise minds remind us that the search for the right college always has been and always should be about getting an education—despite what the marketers want you to believe.
How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation by Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey
An easily accessible book that opens up new ways of thinking about language, whether in conversations with others or with yourself. The authors ask you to dive in, directly involving yourself in thought-provoking exercises, as you come to understand how the way in which you use language could become the most powerful tool in your communications arsenal.
The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us About Our Kids by Barbara Strauch
An interesting mix of scientific language and straight talk that will help parents understand just how teenagers tick. It is useful to know just what causes mood swings and risk taking behaviors we have come to associate with adolescence.