Gradebusters: How Parents Can End the Bad Grades Battle

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Bancroft Press, Mar 1, 2005 - Education - 197 pages
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Throughout his long and varied career as an educator, Steve Schmitz has been told one story, and asked one question, more than any other: "I know my child is in grade trouble at school, Dr. Schmitz, and it's making my life hellish at home. I've tried everything, and nothing works. What do I do now?"From three decades as a counselor, Schmitz knows that most parents deeply want to help their children at school. But he knows all too well how powerless most parents feel in turning their lackluster learners around.And he knows, from long experience, how often, and how bitterly, parents clash with their children during "you've got to do better" periods.To keep household conflict from escalating, and to show concerned parents how to be part of the solution, Schmitz put down in book form all the successful advice he's been dispensing for thirty years. In Gradebusters: How Parents Can End the Bad Grades Battle, he shares his practical methods with parents disturbed about their kids' low levels of academic achievement.

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Throughout his 30 years of counseling and his 25 years of teaching, Schmitz has become very familiar with parents' concerns about their child's grades: they want to help, but they often feel powerless ... Read full review


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What is School Really About?
How Apathy Develops
Whos in Charge?
Ten Things Parents Do Wrong
Rights Responsibilites and Good Parenting
School Is a FullTime Job
Getting Down to Business at Home
Forging the HomeSchool Alliance
Off to School

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During an extremely varied career, Stephen Schmitz, Ph.D., has directed curriculum development projects, substance abuse programs, and social service agencies in the U.S. and abroad. He has also worked as family therapist, parenting coach, case manager, health educator, mental health specialist, and chemical dependency counselor in various clinical and social venues.He earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University, and his masterās degree from the University of Colorado. His Ph.D. is from the University of Florida, where he earned several fellowships and the College of Educationās prestigious Outstanding Dissertation Award. He was a University of Florida President's 1993 Outstanding Student.For more than 25 years, he has taught classes at schools such as the University of Florida, Spring International Language Center, the University of Guam, the Micronesian Language Institute, and Colegio Nueva Granada.In addition, he has trained teachers, nurses, researchers, and social workers around the world. His academic research has appeared in such world-class international journals as Child Welfare and Journal of Education, as well as popular magazines like Mothering. His professional interests include adolescent outreach programs, parenting education, adolescent values, at-risk youth, and teenage chemical dependency.Gradebusters: How Parents Can End the Bad Grades Battle is his first book. His next book, Strike Back! How Parents Can Bust the Teen Drug Culture, will tell parents how to detect and handle their childrenās problems with drugs and alcohol.

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