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Through a series of notes, letters and e -mails, award-winning author and recording artist Bill Harley traces a student's path through his school years from Kindergarten to high school graduation. Rhonda Bennet's communication with her son's teachers gives readers a window into the successes and failures, joys and sorrows of a boy, his mother, and the teachers they encounter. The communications are sometimes brief, sometimes extended, and range from the mundane (the
Kindergartener who can't tie his shoes) to the deeply moving (the loss of a friend). With humor and insight, Harley gives us an idea of what is possible when parents and teachers are willing to communicate. These letters and notes will remind every parent and every teacher of their trials, challenges and surprises, and reaffirm the value in reaching out. As Harley notes in his introduction, it takes both the teacher and the parent, working together, to help a child through school and life. In a very readable, humorous and touching way, Harley asks all of us to be our best selves.
"I love this lovely little book. I laughed and cried along with Tyler's mother and teachers as they worked together to mentor this young person."
Bestselling author, Syndicated columnist "Ask Amy"
"Bill Harley has found a story that shows us how good we can be, if we just let it happen."
Principal, Middle and High Schools, Stewart OH
Author, Time to Learn
"Harley's keen understanding of the promise and possibility of clear and careful communication should be a lesson to us all."
President, Parents' Choice Foundation
"Between Home and School provides a simple and beautiful example of a Mom and her son's teachers collaborating for long-term school success."
Founder, School Family Media and PTO Today
|Publisher:||Round River Productions|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.13(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months|
About the Author
Bill Harley is a Grammy(r) award-winning artist who uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up,
schooling and family life. Recipient of a 2010 Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities "for building community, promoting our common humanity, and encouraging lifelong learning,
exploring and growing," Harley is also a long-time commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered". Bill brings thirty years of experience working in schools with teachers, parents and children to this short parable on the value of communication. Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.