Smart Parents, Successful Kids: How to Get What Your Child Needs (And Deserves) from Your Local School

Smart Parents, Successful Kids: How to Get What Your Child Needs (And Deserves) from Your Local School

by Suzanne Capek Tingley


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Smart Parents, Successful Kids is a funny and practical guide for parents who want to get the most for their child from their local school. Whether your child is in elementary, middle, or high school, this book will tell you what to say, how to say it, and when to move up the administrative ladder to get what your child needs and deserves from school. The author has been a teacher, principal, superintendent, college professor, and parent and knows schools inside and out. The funny and charming illustrations are the work of a sixth grade artist who has her own take on school.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692329177
Publisher: Houseman Press
Publication date: 02/20/2015
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Capek Tingley has been a teacher, principal, school superintendent, and adjunct professor of education administration at the State University of New York at Oswego. She has developed educational videos for Magna Publications and her blog, Practical Leadership, appeared on the Scholastic Administrator website for several years. Her books focus on the relationship between home and school and provide humorous but practical advice.

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Smart Parents, Successful Kids: How to Get What Your Child Needs (And Deserves) from Your Local School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MjTK More than 1 year ago
Smart Parents, Successful Kids is a book that tives not only Parents, but child givers practical advice as to "how to" promote their child's best interests in the educational environment. The book engages the reader immediately with its humor and realistic scenarios. It is easy to insert oneself in the conversation that Tingley has woven into the various situations. Chapter headings will be helpful for futre reference and review after the first reading.Tingley encourages the parent not only to be an advocate for the child in the early greades, but also to 'run the race and go the distance" K-12. The difference with this book is that Tingley gives great advice as to "HOW" to do this. ENJOY
Baker10 More than 1 year ago
Smart Parents, Successful Kids, by Suzanne Capek Tingley, is a clearly written guidebook for parents which assist them to effectively advocate for their children in the school setting. Tingley, a former teacher, principal and superintendent, and most importantly a parent, uses humor and realistic scenarios to demonstrate strategies which will help parents and their children reach successful solutions to academic, social and behavioral concerns. One of the valuable tips Tingley provides is a roadmap for whom to approach at the school based on the situation. For example, if the issue is classroom related, Tingley advises parents to approach the classroom teacher first and avoid the urge to start with the principal. She gives parents tips on how to start that conversation with authentic dialogues. At the same time, if the exchange with the teacher is unsatisfactory for both parent and child, she recommends an appropriate next step. Tingley’s practical approach to issues facing parents with school age children gives parents the confidence to reach outcomes which will ensure successful kids.