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Dr. José Bowen Talks About the Three R's

Over the last several years, our Student Advancement Office has worked hard to help us enter into meaningful conversations with colleges and universities throughout the country. We began with our College Admissions Series, which led to great conversations with Deans and Assistant Deans of Admission …

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Look What Our Community Built!

In an earlier letter this summer, I mentioned having worked with a number of our students on improving the path to Tiedemann Field during our last work day. I referenced the experience to make a point about students’ work habits, ethic, etc. and failed at that time to also mention that we did get …

Posted by Matt Byrnes in Thinking, Creativity, Community on Thursday September 3, 2015 at 08:41AM
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Brain Pickings, for your Creative and Conceptual Thinking

For the last several years, I’ve been following a website called Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), which curates content related to thinking, creativity, writing and, well, the meaning of life. It sounds like a tall order, but the site is structured around a particular book or books each week, …

Posted by Matt Byrnes in Creativity on Thursday September 4, 2014
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What I Have Been Reading:


The Martian, Andy Weir

Not just for sci-fi fans. Fun, exciting, and interesting story about what it would be like to survive on Mars.

Sold, Patrica McCormick

The story of a 12 year-old Nepalese girl who is sold into slavery in the sex trade of India. Based upon true accounts. Tough to read, but important to read as well because human trafficking is a real, and growing, problem.

Non-fiction for Fun:

The Boys in the Boat, Daniel J. Brown

Great story and some very interesting history.

An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle, Rick Atkinson

The first two books of the Liberation Trilogy will teach you a lot about the evolution of our involvement in World War Two.

About School, Thinking, Teaching, Learning, etc.:

Why Children Don’t Like School, Daniel Willingham

Lots of neuroscience well-connected to the life of school, teaching, and learning.

Make it Stick, Peter Brown, et al.

More neuroscience but a deeper dive into how we (and students) can “forget less” if we make some changes to our behaviors, routines, and assessments. Our faculty read this past summer.

Leadership, Innovation, and making things work:

The Hard Thing about Hard Things, Ben Horowitz

How successful start-ups and innovators work.

Things a Little Bird Told Me, Biz Stone

Twitter Founder writes about his journey -- a great read for any teenager or parent of one.

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