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This week marks the official start of summer. For lots of us, this means gearing up for barbecues, shore trips, and plenty of time with friends and family. It also means there’s usually extra time to fit in some of that reading we didn’t have time for during the school year.

Here are some great selections to get you through the summer and prepare you for the fall:

  1. Generation Z Goes to College by Corey Seemiller & Meghan Grace 

    Did you catch the Winter Institute session or Lunch & Learning workshop on Gen Z from Dawn Soufleris, V.P. for Student Affairs? If you did, you know that students in today’s classrooms are quite distinct from the Millenials of a few years ago. Teaching them takes a different approach, and Generation Z Goes to College is a great first step.

  2. Bryan Alexander’s Blog

    The ID Team was lucky enough to see Bryan Alexander give a keynote address this past spring at a conference. Alexander, an educator and self-described futurist, was recently featured in The Atlantic (“Here’s How Higher Education Dies“). He’s an expert on taking data and making (sometimes-startling) predictions about the future of education. His blog, as well as his newsletter and weekly web conversations, are well worth the time.

  3. That Your School Runs Well: Approach to Lasallian Education Model by Various Authors

    Did you miss Br. Ernest’s Faculty and Staff Reading group meetings this past semester? The selections for these meetings were taken from this collection of essays, written by different Christian Brothers from around the world. It’s a thought-provoking work that investigates “how to live out Lasallian education in an entirely new world.” Also, it’s free online from www.lasalle.org.

  4. Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast

    Ok, this one isn’t reading, but it’s a great listen for those long drives to summer destinations. The Teaching in Higher Ed podcast covers a wide variety of topics. Recently featured episodes include “The College Classroom Assessment Compendium,” “My Flipped Classroom,” and “Diversity and Inclusion – How Does Higher Ed Rate?” Start with “Why Students Resist Learning,” on which the ID Team based a Lunch & Learn workshop last fall.

  5. Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education by Nathan D. Grawe 

    This final selection comes from Provost and V.P. of Academic Affairs, Brian Goldstein, who recommends that “everyone at La Salle should read this book.” Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education investigates how fertility and demographic changes will affect high ed enrollment in the years to come – and how to prepare for them.

Our Lunch & Learn series will return this fall and we’ll definitely be looking at basing a workshop on a title or two on this list. Got a favorite you’d like to discuss with your colleagues? Shoot us an email at idteam@lasalle.edu or tweet us at @lasalleidteam.