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Summer Reading, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

Summer Reading

With summer on the horizon, we typically prepare a reading list for students. This year we thought it could be helpful to share reading ideas for parents; new books that share important insights. These books are just some of the ones our faculty will be reading this summer.

Rest: Why you get more done when you work less
By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

One of Silicon Valley’s sharpest strategists shows that success doesn’t demand longer, harder hours, it demands that you work less


The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
By Florence Williams

An intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.

Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
By Shawn Achor

Most people want to be successful in life. And of course, everyone wants to be happy. When it comes to the pursuit of success and happiness, most people assume the same formula: if you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy. The only problem is that a decade of cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology has proven that this formula is backwards.

Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students
By Denise Clark Pope

This book offers a revealing—and troubling—view of today’s high school students and the ways they pursue high grades and success.

Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools
By Ron Ritchhart

Discover why and how schools must become places where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules…
By Rosalind Wiseman

Here is a landmark book that reveals the way boys think and that shows parents, educators and coaches how to reach out and help boys overcome their most common yet difficult challenges — by the bestselling author who changed our conception of adolescent girls.

The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups By Erika Christakis

The New York Times bestseller that provides a bold challenge to the conventional wisdom about early childhood, with a pragmatic program to encourage parents and teachers to rethink how and where young children learn best by taking the child’s eye view of the learning environment

Happy reading!


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