Alumni Guest Series

Reading recommendations from The Broad Center’s alumni network

Looking for a good book to start off the school year? Members of The Broad Center’s alumni network have a few recommendations for you. Our network works tirelessly on behalf of student, educators and families in school systems across the country — and part of their own continuous growth and development is keeping up on readings focused on professional development, education, diversity and other related issues to broaden their knowledge.

Whether you’re seeking readings to hone your professional skills or ones to spur meaningful conversations, there is something for everyone.

Below are a few recommendations our network members have shared with us:

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David
“I read articles about management and love novels, but the last education-related book was Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David… The book is geared toward the idea that “you are in charge of you” and how you become more emotionally agile, particularly as you’re going through change. Our team has gone through so much change… [and] there are a lot of unknowns ahead of us. We have to remember that we are in control of us and focus on practices that will help us self-regulate.”
Norie Pride-Womack

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson & Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King

“Over the last few months, I’ve been riveted by a pair of similar books: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King. Devil in the Grove tells an amazing history of a young Thurgood Marshall defending four young black men who had been wrongfully arrested for the rape of a white woman in 1949. Just Mercy tells the story of Walter McMillian, a black man, falsely arrested 40 years later. Devil in the Grove is a shocking tale of how blatantly racist the legal system in the 1950s was, Just Mercy is an equally shocking reminder of how unfair the system still is. Both are excellent and engaging reads!”
William Eger

Kid-friendly recommendation:

Separate is Never Equal, by Duncan Tonatiuh
“The last education-related book I read is actually the children’s book I got at the Forum, Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh. My kids already love books by Duncan Tonatiuh, so it’s been a great addition to our nighttime reading catalog!”
Saman Bravo-Karimi