A Mind at a Time
America`s Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed

Recognizing each child's intellectual, emotional, and physical strengths--and teaching directly to these strengths--is key to sculpting "a mind at a time," according to Dr. Mel Levine. While this flashing yellow light will not surprise many skilled educators, limited resources often prevent them from shifting their instructional gears. But to teachers and parents whose children face daily humiliation at school, the author bellows, "Try harder!" A professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Levine eloquently substantiates his claim that developmental growth deserves the same monitoring as a child's physical growth.

Tales of creative, clumsy, impulsive, nerdy, intuitive, loud-mouthed, and painfully shy kids help Levine define eight specific mind systems (attention, memory, language, spatial ordering, sequential ordering, motor, higher thinking, and social thinking). Levine also incorporates scientific research to show readers how the eight neurodevelopmental systems evolve, interact, and contribute to a child's success in school. Detailed steps describe how mental processes (like problem solving) work for capable kids, and how they can be finessed to serve those who struggle. Clear, practical suggestions for fostering self-monitoring skills and building self-esteem add the most important elements to this essential--yet challenging--program for "raisin' brain."

Author: Mel Levine, MD
Publisher: Simon Schuster Paperbacks, 2002
Format: Book, paperback, 352 pages
Academically Adrift

​Limited Learning on College Campuses

In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor’s degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. And some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their kids to college when they’re born. Almost everyone strives to go, but almost no one asks the fundamental question posed by Academically Adrift: are undergraduates really learning anything once they get there?

For a large proportion of students, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s answer to that question is a definitive no. Their extensive research draws on survey responses, transcript data, and, for the first time, the state-of-the-art Collegiate Learning Assessment, a standardized test administered to students in their first semester and then again at the end of their second year. According to their analysis of more than 2,300 undergraduates at twenty-four institutions, 45 percent of these students demonstrate no significant improvement in a range of skills—including critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing—during their first two years of college. As troubling as their findings are, Arum and Roksa argue that for many faculty and administrators they will come as no surprise—instead, they are the expected result of a student body distracted by socializing or working and an institutional culture that puts undergraduate learning close to the bottom of the priority list.

Academically Adrift
holds sobering lessons for students, faculty, administrators, policy makers, and parents—all of whom are implicated in promoting or at least ignoring contemporary campus culture. Higher education faces crises on a number of fronts, but Arum and Roksa’s report that colleges are failing at their most basic mission will demand the attention of us all.

Authors: Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press, 2011
Format: Book, paperback, 236 pages

Better Grades in Fewer Days

​This Way to an A: Effective Study Skills

This bestselling, award-winning two-part series shows students how to develop powerful study and test-taking skills. Each runs 30 minutes and comes with a workbook. 1992. Can purchase each title separately. Purchase options for the series: DVDs, 3-year Streaming, or DVDs plus 3-year Streaming; please see the Product Options box above when ordering.
  • This is a Test...This is Only a Test: Test-Taking Techniques The most entertaining and invaluable video available on the preparation, execution, and evaluation of tests! Puts test-taking into its proper perspective. Offers tips for reviewing and retaining information. Shows how to most effectively approach common test formats and prepare both physically and mentally.
  • This Way to an A: Effective Study Skills: Reveals proven techniques for studying, reviewing, and retaining information. Shows how to find key facts and ideas as well as how to condense information into memorable formats.

Produced by: Cambridge Educational, 2004
Format: DVD, 28 minutes

Beyond FAT City
A Look Back, A Look Ahead

A conversation about special education

F.A.T--Frustration, Anxiety, Tension--three all-too-familiar feelings for the families of children with learning disabilities. It is the basis for a 1987 workshop simulating the children's daily experiences. Richard Lavoie, creator of the original F.A.T. City Workshop, reviews the history philosophy of the project, the major trends issues in the field of learning disabilities since 1987, and the challenges ahead for parents educators.

Presented by: Richard D. Lavoie
Produced by: PBS VIDEO, 2005
Format: 1 Video cassette, 90 minutes; Viewer's Guide,46 pages
A Complete Guide for Parents

With proper information and support, parents can play a vital role in helping their child to thrive and achieve their full potential. Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents is designed to allow parents to do just that. Here you will find straightforward advise on: What dyslexia is and how it can be identified Strategies to use at home to complement work at school How to work with professionals and what their responsibilities are Legislation and resources in different countries, including the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Including first hand accounts of parents' successes and setbacks, and extensive lists of organizations and resources to help, Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents offers crucial information and advice, as well as encouragement and hope.

Author: Gavin Reid, experienced teacher and educational psychologist
Publisher: John Wiley Sons, 2004
Format: Book, paperback, 197 pages
For Parents of College Bound Students
You are the most important and influential people in your children's lives. Your children need you to be interested and involved in their activities and in their academic progress. During their high school years, your children also need you to take an active interest in their preparation and planning for college.

As parents, there are many things you can do to ensure that your children will be prepared for college. You can see that they take the required courses, sign up for the rights tests, and complete the necessary forms.

An Instruction Booklet for Parents of College Bound Students will give you the information you need to guide and advise your children.

Publisher: Woodburn Press, unknown date
Format: Booklet, approximately 30 pages
Get Off My Brain
A Survival Guide for Lazy* Students

An illustrated guide to ways of improving study habits with suggestions for writing creative papers, making speeches, doing research, getting good grades, and time management.

* Bored, Frustrated, and Otherwise Sick of School

Author: Randall McCutcheon; Foreword by Steve Allen
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, 1998
Format: Book, paperback, 97 pages
Going to School
Going To School ~ Ir A La Escuela provides a captivating look at the daily experiences of students receiving special education services, and examines gains made by the Los Angeles Unified School District toward compliance with civil rights laws that guarantee a quality education for all children.

The documentary focuses on the lives of three seventh graders and a second grader, and reveals the determination of their parents to see that these children receive an equal education.

Publisher: Richard Cohen Films, 2001
Format: Video, 64 minutes
Homework and Study Skills for Young Adults

For any middle school or high school student who is regularly struggling with school work, our video, Great Homework Study Skills, is the perfect solution. In this comprehensive program, students will enjoy an entertaining story while learning how to study better, become better organized, comprehend more, and be a better student in general.

Produced by: Five Star Educational, 2004
Format: DVD, unknown running time

Hope for Underachieving Kids
Time-tested strategies for reaching the most apathetic kid, including, how to rebuild the internal drive to succeed, a step-by-step plan for reaching kids who just don't seem to care about school, tools for preventing battles over schoolwork and homework, how to respond when a child says, "I don't care."

Author: Jim Fay Charles Fay, Ph.D.
Publisher: The Love Logic Press, 2001
Available Formats: 2 Audio cassettes, 2 hours and 12 minutes OR 2 Video cassettes, 2 hours and 22 minutes
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