PCDS faculty member pens “Raising Can-Do Kids”

Dr. Richard Rende

Dr. Richard Rende

Perigee Books, a division of Penguin Books, has published the latest book from Dr. Richard Rende, Phoenix Country Day School Director of Curriculum and Instruction, titled “Raising Can-Do Kids: Giving Children the Tools to Thrive and Survive in a Fast-Changing World.”

Dr. Rende, a developmental psychologist, co-authored the book with author and entrepreneur Jen Prosek, using real-life examples of various business leaders who look back on their childhoods for clues to their accomplishments.

The book identifies seven traits entrepreneurs need (including curiosity and risk-taking, among others) and shows how to cultivate these qualities in children, according to a press release.

The book has already received praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and BookPage, as well as from many developmental psychology and parenting experts, stated the release.

“The process of critically evaluating current developmental research– and the implications for how we raise and educate children to be primed for the highest level of success later in life— reinforces the commitment to using our ‘Portrait of a Graduate’ vision statements as benchmarks for cultivating the overall experiences our students have at PCDS. We go beyond the highest level of academic preparation to ensure experiences to foster the many cognitive, personal and social skills that will position our graduates to thrive throughout their educational, professional and personal lives,” stated Dr. Rende in the release.

Dr. Rende has been the director of curriculum and instruction at PCDS since 2013, according to the release. Prior to joining PCDS, he was a professor at Brown University. He holds a BA from Yale, an MA from Wesleyan, and a Ph.D. from Penn State. He is a frequent contributor to Parents.com and other national outlets focusing on child development, the release stated.

Phoenix Country Day School is a nonprofit, private, independent day school for students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. It emphasizes high academics and both extra and co-curricular activities, and prepares all of its graduates to be “Can-Do Kids” just as Dr. Rende has researched, according to the release.

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