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Loomis Faculty Discuss Inspirational Summer Reading Before Classes Begin

Loomis Chaffee faculty members took part in small-group discussions on Monday focusing on books they read this summer for professional development.

The conversations were part of faculty members' preparation for the arrival of students this week and the beginning of classes next week. The book selections, suggested by Head of School Sheila Culbert, covered a range of topics, including issues of race, identity, and privilege in the social and educational landscape, and innovative trends in teaching and education. The group dialogues, which were led by experienced teachers, served as an inspirational jumping-off point for the faculty as they head into the new school year.

The summer reading selections included:

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger and Mark A. McDaniel

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi