Community Reads - At What Cost? with David Gleason
Posted 10/05/2018 11:00PM


Dexter Schools Community Reads Event

Tuesday, December 4th, 6pm at the CPA

with David Gleason, author of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools

Note regarding book availability: We ordered 300 books for 240 requests and they have all been distributed! We have ordered additional copies but they are not likely to arrive before the Dec. 4th event. Even if you haven't yet read the book, you will still be able to participate in the discussion that evening. We will also be hosting follow-up events. If you really don't want to wait, you can get an electronic version from Amazon, B&N, or Lulu. 

Last school year, we conducted several professional surveys of our students. We have been analyzing the data and are making internal changes based on the results. One of the findings demonstrates a need to focus on student mental health. This is not a surprise to anyone who has worked with students and/or followed national trends. However, it is an area that we must continue to focus on for our kids. As a district, we only have students for 1100 hours per year and need the entire community's support in making sure our kids grow into heathy and happy adults. Our first initiative to work with the community is a community book study focused on student mental health. The book we plan to begin with is written by Dr. David Gleason: "At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools." While we don't believe we are a "fiercely competitive school," many of the book's examples mirror experiences we've shared in Dexter. If you would like a copy of the book and to participate in the community book study, please let us know by filling out the form at: The books will be provided for free to interested community members. As a parent and educator, I found this book to be incredibly insightful and it really caused me to reflect on how we are raising our kids in today's world. Update 11/26: books were distributed to school offices for pick-up or to go home in backpacks. 

Our kickoff for the book study will be a presentation by Dr. Gleason on Tuesday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the High School CPA. The presentation is ideal for any parent of a child of any age and is open to the community. We're asking you to take 2-3 hours of your time to help understand how to better support your child(ren) and the kids in our community. Thank you for considering this.

- Christopher Timmis