How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
One of the world’s thought leaders on innovation—What does it mean to find true happiness in life and is there a formula for pursuing it? Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School and co-founder of four companies, including an innovation consulting firm, Innosight, uses case studies from well-known businesses to create a useful frame for decision-making in life’s most critical moments. Insightful, inspiring and filled with put-it-to use-now wisdom.
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.
The Greater Journey: American in Paris by Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough
An enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. McCullough wrote substantively in this book about Emma Hart Willard, whom he called a “champion of higher education for American women.
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.
A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Pink postulates that globalization, material abundance, and technological advancements are driving us beyond the Information Age into what he terms “the Conceptual Age.” His theory is that the Conceptual Age will require workers with different skill sets: workers who are creative thinkers, who understand design concepts, who are big-picture thinkers, who are empathic listeners, who have emotional intelligence, and who intentionally pursue the meaning of life. Mind you, he is not suggesting that analytical skills, which our culture currently prizes, will not also be honored. Instead he is suggesting that successful individuals must be able to synthesize both their analytical and their conceptual skill sets to new ends.
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.
Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax
Research continues to affirm that there are indeed gender differences. Dr. Sax attempts to lead parents and educators through the maze of the latest research findings to gain a better understanding of how the awareness of gender difference can inform learning, discipline, risk taking behavior and a host of other developmental issues.
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.