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A blueprint for how parents can stop worrying about their children’s future and start helping them prepare for it, from the cofounder and CEO of one of America’s most innovative public-school networks

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"A treasure trove of deeply practical wisdom that accords with everything I know about how children thrive." (Angela Duckworth, New York Times best-selling author of Grit)

An educator and mother, Diane Tavenner cofounded the first Summit school in 2003. Summit Public Schools has won national recognition because 99 percent of Summit students get into a four-year college, and Summit students finish college at twice the national average. But in a radical departure from the environments created by the college admissions arms race, Summit students aren’t focused on competing with their classmates for rankings or test scores. Instead, students spend their days solving real-world problems and developing the skills of self-direction, collaboration, and reflection, all of which prepare them to succeed in college, thrive in today’s workplace, and lead a secure and fulfilled life.

Today, thousands of educators, tens of thousands of students, and hundreds of schools across 38 states and the District of Columbia have embraced the Summit model.

Through personal stories and the hard-earned lessons of Summit’s exceptional team of educators and diverse students, Diane Tavenner shares the underlying learning philosophies and unconventional wisdom that lead to all children being prepared for school and life.

Praise for Prepared

"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)

"Prepared is compelling and actionable. It tells the story of why we all must do this work. We must prepare every child, not allow luck or circumstance to dictate their future - and ours." (Dr. Priscilla Chan, CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, pediatrician, and mother)

"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)

©2019 Diane Tavenner (P)2019 Random House Audio

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“Diane Tavenner is in a class by herself. But now, fortunately, we can all sit in her classroom by reading this book.” (Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance)

“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)

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The next step to a better future.

How can we make sure that thw world and every individual life is better than it was before. The answer should be obvious. The next Generation will always decide about the future. If the next generation is actually prepared to do so we might actually get closer to a more perfect world whith everyone having equal opportunities.

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Advertisement for the school, rather than advice

The book is about how the author created the Summit school with a very different approach to education. And it's a good story! I would give the book 5 stars if it would be called "History of the Summit school". 90% of the book is about that, sprinkled with personal stories of encounters with students having complex situations. But I guess few would buy the book "History of the Summit school"? Right, so they needed a better name. How about "What kids need for a fulfilled life"? Wow, much better. Every parent wants a fulfilled life for their kids. But then it needs a different content? Kids don't need the history of the summit school for a fulfilled life. There is advice in this book on parenting and educating, but it's rare and buried deep in long stories. You really need to sit with a pen and write it down, because there is no structure to when the advice comes, no summary, no takeaway. You need to re-read multiple times and distill it down. And then you find that much of the advice is something that you need years to make right, and you need people to apply it daily at your child's school. I think it would be much better to write two books - one for teachers, and one for parents. And focus specifically on what each can do.