Changing the Odds for Children at Risk: Seven Essential Principles of Educational Programs that Break the Cycle of Poverty

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In this book, the author shows how we can break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage and change the odds for children at risk. Describing how previous reforms have missed the mark, she offers a framework based on seven essential principles for implementing more effective programs and policies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Extremely well written, this book belongs in libraries supporting educators, parents, researchers, and policy-makers." - Library Journal

"Neumann writes a practical book of solutions, as offered through her "seven essentials" for changing the odds for at-risk kids and their families. These aren't theories. These are principles of educational programs that are proving themselves to work in several different places around the country. … Her ideas are the type of educational stimulus plan needed to save the futures of millions of young Americans who otherwise may perish." - MultiCultural Review

"Every educator--experienced, as well as novice--will rejoice at the thought that things can improve, and moreover, are improving in the education of every child, regardless of material goods or social standing. Neuman presents a blueprint for every child in America." - Catholic Library World

"Neuman refers to her audience as 'policy makers, practitioners, parents, and community leaders' who could help disadvantaged children (p. 70). However, readers interested in principles based on empirical studies and calls for action from those qualified to perform educational and performance-based testing, longitudinal studies, program assessment, individual testing, correlation studies, and research design assessment would also find this book useful. . . . Neuman successfully achieves what seems to be the book's purpose, to convince readers that there is enough funding already in place to help children at risk, that programs exist that can help at-risk children, and that programs that cannot bring forth fruits of success should be jettisoned." - PsycCRITIQUES

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807750483
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN B. NEUMAN is former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, and now a Professor of Educational Studies, specializing in early literacy development, at the University of Michigan. In her role as Assistant Secretary, she established the Reading First program, the Early Reading First program, and was responsible for all activities in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act. She has directed the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA). She is also a 2008 Leader for the American Library Association National Information Campaign on School Readiness. Neuman has authored more than 100 articles, and authored or edited 11 books, including Educating the Other America and Multimedia and Literacy Development.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Seven Essential Principles

1 The Critical Early Years for Changing the Odds 1

2 Changing the Odds by Funding What Works 27

3 The Seven Essentials for Changing the Odds 49

4 Changing the Odds by Helping to Strengthen Families 71

5 Changing the Odds through High-Quality Early Care and Education 97

6 Changing the Odds through Community-Based Programs 127

7 Changing the Odds through After-School Programs 155

8 The Public Will: What It Will Take to Change the Odds 179

Appendix 1 Where to Get Evidence 189

Appendix 2 The Maze of Federal Programs that Provide or Support Education and Care for Children under Five Years Old 191

Appendix 3 PART Scores for Department of Education Programs 193

Notes 199

Bibliography 211

Index 213

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