Summer Virtual Book Discussion Series

Our 2023 Summer Virtual Book Discussion series features three books with the potential to positively impact your professional practice and your personal life. We have selected The Teachers by Alexandra Robbins, The Origins of You by Vienna Pharaon, and The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink.


The Books


In The Teachers the author dives deep into the lives of teachers and exposed the many flaws that have been hurting the teaching profession — even before the pandemic — and how it’s gotten worse. The Teachers is engaging and impeccably researched, but it’s also a hard read because it shows just how challenging our profession is, and how we stay in a job that, despite having plenty of great moments, is so incredibly difficult.


In The Origins of You the author has unlocked a healing process to help us understand our family of origin and examine what worked (and didn’t) in that system. Unhealed pain in that family of origin manifests in our adult behaviors in surprising ways, from work challenges to interpersonal struggles. But the good news: armed with the knowledge about our past, we can actually rewire our programming to meaningfully improve our relationships and our lives, right now and in the future.


In The Power of Regret the author draws on research in psychology, neuroscience, economics, and biology to challenge widely held assumptions about emotions and behavior. By understanding what people regret the most, we can understand what we value the most. And by following the simple, science-based, three-step process that Pink sets out, we can transform our regrets in a positive force for working smarter and living better.


The Details


Our book discussions will meet Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Teachers will meet June 20 and 27. The Origins of You will meet July 11 and 18. The Power of Regret will meet August 8 and 15. You will receive a secure Zoom link one week before each session.


Please read approximately 1/2 of the book prior to each session. Books are not provided. We recommend you reserve a copy at your public library, order one online or visit your local independent bookstore.

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