Read along with the Superintendent: The End of Average

End of Average Book CoverFrederick County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban invites the public to join her in reading this year’s summer book selection, The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, by Todd Rose.

“I heard Dr. Rose speak at the National Conference on Education and was very intrigued by his work. I immediately knew I wanted to discuss the book and his research with members of the FCPS community!” Alban says.

The book is organized in three parts. Chapters in Part I are The Invention of the Average, How Our World Became Standardized, and Overthrowing the Average. Part II chapter titles are Talent Is Always Jagged, Traits Are a Myth, and We All Walk the Road Less Traveled. Part III includes When Businesses Commit to Individuality, Replacing the Average in Higher Education, and Redefining Opportunity.

Rose directs the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he leads the Laboratory for the Science of the Individual. He co-founded the Center for Individual Opportunity, a nonprofit organization that promotes the principles of individuality in work, school, and society. Born and raised in northern Utah, Rose obtained his GED after dropping out of high school. From attending night classes at a local college he ultimately received his Doctorate in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

FCPS plans to share video clips of discussions the Superintendent holds with various readers throughout the summer and invites participation in a Twitter chat on the subject September 11 from 7-8 p.m. As the videos are produced, FCPS will publicize the links via the school system’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts, and FindOutFirst email to subscribers selecting FCPS Television, YouTube Videos as an area of interest at

Past summer reading selections have included The Happiness Effect by Donna Freitas, Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools by Jack Jennings, Mindset by Carol Dweck, and Outliers by Malcom Gladwell.