Square Peg by Todd Rose

I’m going to read this book over break and I thought you might have an interest in it as well. I think it might shine a light on some of our students who are really smart, but remain unfocused/disorganized/hard-to-reach… Enjoy! — Leslie Ruiz, MS Learning Specialist
Square Peg by Todd Rose
From Amazon:
Square Peg illuminates the struggles of millions of bright young children—and their frustrated parents and teachers—who are stuck in a one-size-fits-all school system that fails to approach the student as an individual. Rose shares his own incredible journey from troubled childhood to Harvard, seamlessly integrating cutting-edge research in neuroscience and psychology along with advances in the field of education, to ultimately provide a roadmap for parents and teachers of kids who are the casualties of America’s antiquated school system.

With a distinguished blend of humor, humility, and practical advice for nurturing children who are a poor fit in conventional schools, Square Peg is a game-changing manifesto that provides groundbreaking insight into how we can get the most out of all the students in our classrooms, and why today’s dropouts could be tomorrow’s innovators.
Todd Rose is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, international lecturer, and leading thinker in the field of educational neuroscience. Today, Todd works at the forefront of innovation in learning science and education, contributing new insights about learning variability and helping to design new educational technologies flexible enough to support all students in reaching their full potential.

Praise for Square Peg:

“This up close and personal account will resonate viscerally and intellectually with countless parents and youngsters, while providing them with renewed hope and eminently practical guidance. The humorous and genuine writing style engages the reader’s emotions.”
—Charles Fadel, coauthor of the bestselling 21st Century Skills and founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign

“Parents, teachers, and kids will find here both a powerful story and specific steps to improve so many lives and life chances.”
—Martha Minow, author of Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law

“Located along the same continuum as Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs, David Brooks’s The Social Animal, and Wes Moore’s The Other Wes Moore, Todd Rose’s Square Peg manages to weave a deeply personal and often unsettling narrative. It is a must-read for anyone seeking to better understand how nature, nurture, timing, and chance influence who we ultimately become.”
—Dr. Chris Howard, president of Hampden-Sydney College

“In Square Peg, Todd Rose takes the reader along on his hard journey in the education system; one that is bumpy, sometimes painful, sometimes joyful, and always insightful.”
—Larry Rosenstock, CEO and cofounder of High Tech High

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