In the Media

In the Media

Paddy has been featured on
Teacher Offers Tips to Parent Volunteers

EducationWorld is pleased to feature this article contributed by Paddy Eger, a 20-year veteran teacher from Washington State and a trainer in the Parent Cooperative Education Program. As states continue to slash education budgets to accommodate declining tax revenues, schools respond by trying to squeeze even more out of their beleaguered teachers. Class sizes grow, planning periods are cut, and each student gets less attention.

Classroom volunteers are in a unique position to help improve this state of affairs.

Read the full article here…

This article has also appears on: S.F. Chronicle – online, Yahoo!Finance, Houston Cronicle, Star Tribune-online,, Cincinnati Enquirer- online, Star-Telegram (Dallas)online,, HowTo, Grand Rapids Times, and The Downey Patriot.

She has also been featured on the blog
Get Involved in Local Education So That You Can Guarantee There’s “No Child Left Behind”!

“Test Cheating Scandal!” “Budget Cuts!” “Accreditation Lost!” These are the types of headlines associated with school districts around the nation today. With issues like these mounting on the front lines of education, even the best and brightest teachers need reinforcements.

“That’s where you come in,” said Paddy Eger, a 20-year teaching veteran who also trains adult classroom volunteer assistants. “When adult assistants become part of classrooms and study groups, they help our country’s education stay strong. When all we read about education today revolves around budget cuts or the standardized test cheating scandals like in Atlanta, GA and Washington, D.C., it’s clear that blaming teachers is not going to yield any answers. I believe that most teachers are doing the best they can but, like what happened in Atlanta, some feel pressure by administrators to focus on hitting mandated test score goals rather than encouraging critical thinking. Add to that higher student to teacher ratios and it’s easy to see that something needs to be done to help our educators help our kids. So, where do we start?” Read the full article here…

And for National National Parent Involvement Day 11/17 Paddy was featured on
Volunteer to Help Your Child’s School or Classroom for National Parent Involvement Day 11/17

“Volunteers and adult assistants in classrooms can potentially make a huge difference, especially with schools and teachers under so much stress,” says Paddy Eger, a veteran educator with 20 years experience as a primary and intermediate grade teacher, parent trainer and volunteer, and author of Educating America 101: Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms.

Eger has developed some simple strategies that allow those volunteering in schools to maximize the ways they can help while also reducing the chances that their assistance will be counterproductive to teachers’ and/or administrators’ own efforts. Her suggestions don’t replace the formal training provided by schools but the ideas in her book can greatly enhance the time volunteers spend working directly with kids. Read the full article here…

Awards (ck and move any additional items to other list of Ed Am awards)

March, 2013

Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms received 2 Honorable Mentions

September 7, 2011

Creative Child magazine has awarded Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms it’s 2011Preferred Choice Award in the category of Teaching Aids. For further information¬†contact

November, 2011

USA Book News Award. Winner of the Education/Academic category:



Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms by Paddy Eger

Tendril Press


Press Releases



Local Author Launches Guide on Volunteerism:

Ideas to Insure No Child is Left Behind

EDMONDS, Washington — August 30, 2011– Paddy Eger invites educators, school volunteers and interested community members to the launch of her book. Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms is written as a guide for adults working with students.

This celebration of volunteerism on Friday, Sept.16 runs from 4:30-7:00 at Maplewood K-8 School. The address: 8500 200th St SW in Edmonds. Attendees are invited meet the author, talk with educators and volunteers as well as purchase the book.  Light refreshments will be served.

Reduced funding, increased class size and testing are today’s big issues in education. When volunteers step up and step into classrooms, they support teachers and students while off-setting the issues. The book provides numerous easy-to-use strategies to enhance volunteers time with students.

Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms is available at the book launch, in bookstores, online and through


An electronic press kit is available at

Permission to reprint:

Journalists, newsletters publishers, bloggers and others: you may reprint any 10 tips of your choice from the book as long as you include ordering information. Email me at for further queries or information.