Straight Talk About Schools Today: Understand the System and Help Your Child Succeed

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Schools in the United States are changing, with a teaching focus on core subject areas and basic skills. Funds are getting tighter, program priorities are shifting, and parent involvement is more important than ever. Writing in easy-to-follow Q&A style, an award-winning educator takes you by the hand and guides you through the system: understanding how public and private education works in the United States, choosing a school, making sense of grades and report cards, the No Child Left Behind act, standardized...
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Overview

Schools in the United States are changing, with a teaching focus on core subject areas and basic skills. Funds are getting tighter, program priorities are shifting, and parent involvement is more important than ever. Writing in easy-to-follow Q&A style, an award-winning educator takes you by the hand and guides you through the system: understanding how public and private education works in the United States, choosing a school, making sense of grades and report cards, the No Child Left Behind act, standardized tests, your rights as a parent, and more. Includes a glossary of "edu-speak" terms, resources, and plenty of encouragement.
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Children's Literature - Kimberly O'Meara
Packed with insight, this comprehensive look at schools today is a must read for parents. Whether you are moving your family, enrolling your five year old in kindergarten, or struggling to understand the process of educating today's youth in public education, there is information for you within the pages of Judy Molland's book. As an educator I see parents struggle with the educational jargon and legalese they confront in schools every day. Often times their misunderstandings can result in a lack of participation or aversion to becoming involved in their child's education. Given the chance to better understand their school system, parents may feel more comfortable reaching out to teachers and administration alike. Written in everyday language, this text may be the key to providing parents with the comfort they need to get involved. From making a connection with your child's teacher to understanding Adequate Yearly Progress, it is filled with helpful guidelines and strategies for all parents. School administrators and teacher unions alike should consider providing this text for parents as they discover their school system for the first time. Reviewer: Kimberly O'Meara
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The U.S. educational system can be confusing for any parent, so teacher and columnist Molland (contributing education editor, Dominion Parenting Media) has clarified the many rules, roles, and choices parents face regarding their children's education. Short questions are grouped into thematic chapters and receive detailed answers in lay terms. Especially notable are the chapters on choosing a school, grades and testing, and the No Child Left Behind Act. Molland clearly explains the educational theory, statistics, and research studies she references in her answers. Although specific state and local laws are not discussed, she explains their jurisdiction, as well as that of federal agencies. Some topics are controversial (charter schools, No Child Left Behind), and Molland capably describes all aspects of each issue while avoiding political opinion. Every chapter ends with a list of books, web sites, and agencies where further information is available, and there is a glossary of educational terms. This work is aimed at parents of K-8 students, so there are no discussions of the college application process or postsecondary options. An excellent overview; recommended for all public libraries and any schools that have sections for parents. (Index not seen.)
—Erica L. Foley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575422190
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Molland is an award-winning teacher and writer. She is contributing education editor for Dominion Parenting Media (formerly United Parenting Publications), the largest syndicate of parenting magazines in the United States, and has numerous articles featured on Parenthood.com. She has been writing about education for more than ten years.

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