MegaSkills©: Building Our Children's Character and Achievement for School and Life

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Sourcebooks, Inc., 2008 - Education - 384 pages
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""MegaSkills is a remarkable achievement . . . what it means is that parents across the country are willing to stand' shoulder to shoulder with teachers in ensuring that our children have the best possible education."" - Don Cameron, former Executive Director, National Education Association The classic guide to childhood achievement, taught in more than 4,000 schools. Specially designed for school-aged children, this cornerstone guide provides you with hands-on techniques and kid-friendly activities to teach children the MegaSkills that are essential to success in school and life: Confidence Motivation Effort Responsibility Initiative Perseverance Caring Teamwork Problem-Solving Common Sense Focus Respect NEW! Along with the age-specific activities, this guide contains academic objectives for each MegaSkill, tips for getting the best from technology, MegaSkills report cards for parents and children, research notes, and a wealth of additional resources. Includes message from Bill Bradley. ""This book shows families how to build children's achievement, and it is keyed to current research."" - Richard Coley, Director, Policy Information Center Educational Testing Service
 

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Contents

InformationAge Basics
More Than Ever Our Children Need MegaSkills
The Importance of Character
A Message from Bill Bradley
Whats New in This Edition
Opening New Doors
The StuffAchievement Is Made Of
MegaSkills and Our Children
Everyone Can Do It
No More Excuses
To the Teen Years
People Helping People
Beacons in the Fog
Looking to Each Other for Help
MegaSkills Across the Generations
Parents and At Home Child Care

First Steps
Knowing What Were Teaching
What to Do and How to Do It
MegaSkills and theTechnology Connection
Confidence
Motivation
Effort
Responsibility
Initiative
Perseverance
Caring
Teamwork
Common Sense
Problem Solving
Focus
Respect
Translating EducationalGoals into Practical Actionat Home
Getting Ready for School
Before School
Strengthening the Three Rs at Home
The Chicken and the Egg
Moving Along with Books
Parents and Teachers
Single Parents and the Schools
Parents and Students
The Spark and the Satisfaction
A Sense of Balance
The Right Brain at Home
Inspiration and Perspiration
Powerful and Surprising
Secrets of MegaSkills
Critical Resources forthe Twentyfirst CenturySchoolabilities and Employabilities
Seeing Childrens MegaSkillsin Action
A Quiz for Parents
The MegaSkills Library for Children
Internet Resources and Help for Parents
MegaSkills Recipes Chapter by Chapter by Age Range and Academic Objective
MegaSkills Impact Over the Years
Acknowledgments
Index
If You Like MegaSkills Youll Want toKnow More About Home and SchoolInstitute HSI Programs and Services
Tell Us About How Your Child IsLearning and Using MegaSkills
About the Author
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Dorothy Rich, EdD, is founder and president of the nonprofit Home and School Institute (HSI), based in Washington, DC. An acclaimed expert in family educational involvement, Dr. Rich is the author of the original MegaSkills publications and the developer of the MegaSkills training programs, used by more than four thousand schools across the United States and abroad. In her lifetime of work in the field, she has focused on helping families and educators team together to build achievement in school and beyond.

Dorothy Rich's work has received the A+ for Breaking the Mold Award from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as recognition from the MacArthur Foundation and other distinguished foundations. Her work has been researched, tested, and found to be effective in raising student achievement, decreasing discipline problems, increasing time spent on homework, and decreasing time spent watching TV. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NBC's Today, Education Week, ABC's Good Morning America, and Reader's Digest.

Beverly Mattox, MEd, an active educator for over fifty years, has served as a teacher, principal, project director, and training specialist. She has collaborated with Dorothy Rich since 1972. As a speaker and workshop leader, she has conducted programs for school systems and organizations in twenty-six states and Canada. Two of her special interests are parenting and women's friendships. She has addressed more than four hundred groups and has completed doctoral course work in the areas of curriculum supervision and family counseling. She has served as an adjunct professor for four colleges, as a reviewer for the Journal of Staff Development, and contributor to the Standards for Staff Development.

Beverly authored Getting It Together, a primer for understanding Kohlberg's theory of cognitive moral development, and co-authored with Dorothy Rich 101 Activities for School-Community Involvement. She serves on the board of directors of Agape Inc., an organization that services the needs of young mothers and their children.

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