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Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life Hardcover – September 17, 2019
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“With Prepared, Diane shows us that we don’t have to choose between success and fulfillment for our children. They can have both. Diane created the kind of schools we all want for our kids—schools that combine rigorous academics with real-world experiences and give our children the opportunity to figure out who they are, understand what motivates them, and know how to achieve it.”—Todd Rose, director of Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The End of Average and Dark Horse
"In a world filled with lots of parenting advice, Prepared cuts through the noise, offering a no-nonsense guide for raising curious, confident kids. Diane shares the secret sauce behind Summit’s success and how we can make sure that all kids can have the same opportunity." —Jon Deane, CEO of GreatSchools
"Diane Tavenner is one of the leading thinkers in education today - her energy and insights are infectious. There is no one better to think big about what kids need and who can roll up her sleeves to make it happen." —Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of Khan Academy
"Prepared is compelling and actionable. It tells the story of why all of us must work to prepare every child. We cannot allow luck or circumstance to dictate their future." —Dr. Priscilla Chan, Co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Pediatrician and Mother
"Prepared is for parents and students who are fed up with the high-stakes college admissions arms race. This book brilliantly shows how all kids can succeed in college, find a meaningful career, and live a fulfilled life." —Scott Barry Kaufman, psychologist at Columbia University and author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
"Diane Tavenner’s courageous book, Prepared, is an intimate portrait of Summit schools—their leaders, teachers and children—putting into practice the science of learning and human development where environments and relationships drive the development of the brain. It is a roadmap by a passionate leader for anyone who sees the purpose of schooling as unleashing the potential of each and every child." —Pamela Cantor M.D., Founder, Turnaround for Children and Partner, Science of Learning and Development Initiative
“Prepared is a roadmap for teachers, principals, parents and even students that paves the way for every child to reach adulthood and to thrive. Interweaving personal and professional anecdotes of how students navigate the terrain, Diane offers a new and engaging version of high school that prepares every child for college and for a fulfilled life." —Priscilla Wohlstetter, Distinguished Research Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
"This is a compelling and spot-on book from one of the field's most innovative experts. Tavenner won't rest until schools (and society) give young people what they need to thrive, and after reading this book you won't be able to either." —David Yeager, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas
"Prepared is the conversation we should be having as a nation. In this book, Diane Tavenner shows us how authentic, real-world learning and the essential skills of self-direction, collaboration, and reflection can be nurtured both inside and outside of the classroom, giving all parents a valuable guide for helping their children to successfully take on life's challenges." —Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and President, Learning Policy Institute
"Prepared tackles the question so many of us parents and educators are grappling with—how do we grow and develop our children and young people so that they can shape a better future for themselves and for all of us? This immensely readable book pulls us along through Diane’s story as a student, parent, and educator who has built some of the most acclaimed schools in the world. It serves as a powerful resource for all of us." —Wendy Kopp, Co-founder and CEO of Teach for All
"In Prepared, Diane makes a powerful argument that success shouldn’t be reserved for a lucky few. She clearly shows how all children can be successful, providing useful insights for how parents and schools can foster self-direction, collaboration, and reflection—the skills our children need to find purpose and fulfillment in their lives. I truly believe this is required reading for any parent or educator who is committed to developing self-sufficient children who can thrive as adults." —Angela Cobb, CEO of FirstGen Partners
"Diane is a true expert when it comes to education. In Prepared, she shares her keen insights with parents looking to raise happy, confident kids who are ready to take on the world." —Joel Rose, Co-Founder and CEO of New Classrooms Innovation Partners
"CEO, educator, mother - Diane Tavenner is the ultimate Super Woman. In Prepared, she reveals the secrets to raising curious and confident kids." —Nicole Lapin, NYT bestselling author and television personality with forthcoming book, Becoming Super Woman
“Diane Tavenner is a bold visionary and a compassionate truth teller. As a parent and education leader, I love this book.” —Kim Smith, CEO of Pahara Institute
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In Prepared, Tavenner narrates her own journey as student, an educator and founder of Summit Schools to the parent of a high schooler. Using personal anecdotes, robust research and sixteen years of leading Summit, her goal is to deepen the current conversations around education and broaden our definition of success.
Through project based lessons, advocacy, self-awareness and mentoring, Summit students take ownership of their learning, thereby driving curiosity and engagement. Tavenner identifies how important it is to shift the responsibility to the students to understand HOW they learn not just WHAT they learn.
While Prepared provides resources and a blueprint for a new approach to education, its real gift is sharing the long-term focus on helping our students grow and problem solve well into their adult lives.
The principles and ideas of the book are close to me and I believe that school should give not knowledge but skills: goal-setting, learning to learn, working in a team, etc.
Very useful, great book.
This let me unsatisfied on basically all accounts. I left confused about how Summit came to be and where it stands now. I also don’t 100% understand how Summit manages the results it claims to have achieved versus other schools.
Project-based learning, mentorship and self-directed exploration all sound like ideas that can enhance the educational process in the right hands. It seems also that these would place a tremendous burden on the teacher to take on extra work. How are Summit teachers able to do projects, act as mentors, provide tutoring and do Whatever it Takes to make sure their kids succeed? What are they not doing in the core curriculum that is so different from a typical public school? Do they work harder, care more or have more staffing? These questions all go unaddressed in the book, as the author gets caught up letting the reader know how much she and her staff care and learn from their students.
I left with the impression that the true aim of the author was to promote herself and her schools, rather than to help parents broadly.