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The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

How to Participate in the Summer Book Study:


We’ve included a suggested timeline for reading and participating, but you can read the book as quickly or as slowly as you like. Scroll down this page to see the timeline (and to download/print it if you like!)

As you read each section of the book, you can use the menu on the left to find questions that were designed to help you think more deeply about each chapter. We encourage you to dedicate space in a notebook or journal to free-write your answers. We’ve also linked to a google doc where you can share your ideas and answers with our team and with other members.

You don’t have to answer every question! Choose one or two or three questions for each chapter to answer in depth, rather than giving brief, superficial answers to every question. 

We have included “extra credit” suggestions to explore the ideas further, including links to related podcasts and videos. Summer topic calls will be related to the book, explicitly connecting the book topics to our work as coaches.

At the end of each section of the book, we’ll spend a week on the “Ideas for Action” that are outlined by the author. This is your opportunity to write a goal and an action plan, and to change your behavior as a result of what you’ve learned.

Decide now: When will you read each day? Where will you record your answers to questions? How much time will you devote each day or each week to the book study? Put it on your calendar!

Week of May 31 – Introduction


Read: Introduction (pages xv-xx)

Watch: The Culture Code trailer video

Do: Take the Culture Code quiz

As you read the stories throughout the whole book, consider how your work culture is similar to and different from the cultures illustrated in the stories.

  • What actions could you take that would shift the culture toward safety, vulnerability, and purpose within your role and your context?
  • How could you support teachers in establishing healthy cultures within their classrooms?
  • What could these strategies look like when used with children?