If you are an elementary or middle school principal, teacher, or parent interested in increasing the amount of parent and/or volunteer participation in a classroom or school, I have a really excellent resource for you: Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms by Paddy Eger, a clear expert on the matter. Read the full review here.
– Chip Wood, Yardstick.com
Paddy Eger’s new book, Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms, is the best resource I’ve seen on this topic. It’s based on the principle that one teacher cannot (and should not) meet the needs of an entire classroom full of students alone. Community and parent support are neded more now that ever, and school workers as well as corporate and community groups need to know how they can be most useful in the classroom.
One of the most remarkable things about this book is that its advice applies equally well to teachers, parents, volunteers, para-professionals, and other classroom assistants.
– Angela Watson author of The Cornerstone: Classroom Management
That Makes Teaching More Effective, Efficient and Enjoyable.
Adults who use this book find success when they step into classrooms. Having adults working with teachers builds a positive bridge among school, community and home.
— Phil S., Principal and Educational Consultant
This book has helped my classroom assistants be more effective working with small groups. It is beneficial to the kids, the assistants and also the teacher!
— Nanette P., Grade 3 Teacher
Educating America provides valuable information for adult volunteer training and staff development.”
— Marilyn M-I. Grade 6-8 Teacher and Educational Consultant
The ideas presented in this book give assistants valuable tools to use when working with students. Everyone benefits from the talents and expertise shared by adult volunteers.