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080774476X.gif Making the Most of Middle School:
A Field Guide for Parents and Others

Anthony Jackson, P. Gayle Andrews, Holly Holland and Priscilla Pardini
Pub Date: May 2004, 160 pages

Paperback: $17.95, ISBN: 080774476X
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"Making the Most of Middle School gives parents a refreshing look at young adolescents and signals what they should look for in their children’s schools. It provides advocacy strategies so all parents can ensure that their children experience the very best."
Deborah Kasak, Executive Director, National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

The middle school years mark a critical transition period for young adolescents and their parents. This break-through volume empowers parents to advocate for the very best education for their children. By clearly explaining what adolescents need (and what makes them tick), this essential guide:

  • Helps parents to maximize their children’s learning in and outside of school.
  • Offers sound advice for choosing the right middle school and for working with teachers and principals.
  • Describes, in the students’ own words, what they think about a range of issues, such as favorite and least favorite subjects, school safety, teacher quality, peer pressure, and parent-child relationships.
  • Includes detailed examples and explanations of effective parent/middle school partnerships, including interviews with participants.
  • Presents essential wisdom, in clear and accessible prose, from two landmark books on middle school education, Turning Points (1989) and Turning Points 2000 (2000).
  • Contains new information from extensive surveys the authors did with middle-grades students in eight states across the country."

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