Books: New in Print
Bringing Up Parents: The Teenagers Handbook, by Alex J. Packer (Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave., North, Ste. 616, Minneapolis, Minn. 55401; 276 pp., $12.95 paper). Provides teenagers with strategies to resolve conflicts with parents, earn trust and independence, and accept responsibility.
How to Manage Your Parents, by Sidney C. Pulitzer (Sidney Pulitzer, P.O. Box 56991, New Orleans, La. 70156-6991; 135 pp., $7.95 paper). Designed to help children, especially junior high and high school students, tackle "parental problems'' and strengthen the parent-child relationship.
Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love, by Earl A. Grollman (Beacon Press, 25 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. 02108-2892; 152 pp., $7.95 paper). Grief counselor presents strategies for helping teenagers through the death of a friend; explains common reactions, what to expect when returning to school, and changes in peer and family relationships.
Behind the Scenes: An Inside Look at the Selective College Admission Process, 1993-94 ed., by Edward B. Wall (Octameron Press, P.O. Box 2748, Alexandria, Va., 22301; 34 pp., $4 plus $1.75 shipping, paper). Advice from a former dean of admissions at Amherst College on weathering the selective admissions process at top colleges; includes detailed profiles of successful applicants.
The College Board Guide to 150 Popular College Majors (The College Board, 45 Columbus Ave., New York, N.Y. 10023-6992; 400 pp., $16 paper). Outlines 17 broad categories of college majors, with entries describing specific majors, including the skills associated with success in each, a typical progression of courses, and possible careers.
Educated Women, by Elizabeth Ihle (Garland Publishing, 717 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2500, New York, N.Y. 10022; 341 pp., $50 cloth). Essays giving a historical overview of African-American women in higher education and tracing the evolution of black-women's studies.
I Am Somebody: College Knowledge for the First-Generation Campus Bound, 1993-94 ed., by Anna Leider (Octameron Press, P.O. Box 2748, Alexandria, Va. 22301; 84 pp., $4 plus $1.75 shipping, paper). Guide for the first-in-the-family college bound, giving information on college life, financial advice, admissions requirements, and a glossary of higher-education terms.
Parent Involvement in the Educational Process (ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore. 97403; 65 pp., $7.50 paper). Contains annotated bibliographies and abstracts of journal articles and research reports for use by teachers, principals, and superintendents who want to improve their outreach to parents.
Parents Assuring Student Success, by John Ban (National Education Service, 1610 W. Third St., P.O. Box 8, Bloomington, Ind. 47402-0008; 140 pp., $16.95 plus $2 shipping, paper). Details a successfully piloted family-literacy program designed to teach parents the skills needed to help children succeed in school.
Business and the Schools: A Guide to Effective Programs, 2nd ed. (Council for Aid to Education, 51 Madison Ave., Ste. 2200, New York, N.Y. 10010; 152 pp., $20 paper). For funders of education initiatives, policymakers, and school administrators, this edition includes essays on key areas of school reform, along with information on corporate and foundation resources and on more than 120 education initiatives.
Federal Income Tax Guide for Education Employees, Tax Year 1992, by John C. Arch (National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, WestHaven, Conn. 06516; 192 pp., $9.45 paper). Provides line-by-line explanations of the federal 1040 form and Schedule A, along with information on the latest I.R.S. rules and tax changes, and tips on how educators can make the most of current tax exemptions and deductions.
Graduation by Exhibition: Assessing Genuine Achievement, by Joseph P. McDonald (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. 22314; 64 pp., $8.95 paper). Describes the process behind this form of "authentic assessment,'' using as examples actual exhibition-assessment programs at high schools throughout the country.
How to Make Presentations That Teach and Transform, by Robert J. Garmston & Bruce M. Wellman (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. 22314; 106 pp., $6.59 paper). Divides the process of presenting information to a group into five stages and provides tips for successfully executing each one, including the use of visual displays and communicating with audiences of different backgrounds.
The Mentor Handbook, by Susan G. Weinberger (Educational Resources Network, 18 Marshall St., Norwalk, Conn. 06854-2258; 32 pp., $7.50 paper). Draws on the experiences of corporate volunteers working with an adopt-a-school program in Norwalk, Conn., to offer advice on starting a mentor program, training volunteers, and working with students.
The Principal's Legal Handbook, ed. by William E. Camp (National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, 3601 S.W. 29th St., Ste. 223, Topeka, Kan. 66614; 320 pp., $35.95 paper). Gives school leaders an overview of the various legal issues that can entangle education systems, and spells out the rights of specific groups, such as students, special-education recipients, and teachers.
The Study of the American School Superintendency '92: America's Education Leaders in a Time of Reform, by Thomas E. Glass (American Association of School Administrators, 1801 N. Moore St., Arlington, Va. 22209-9988; 103 pp., $25 paper). A view of the backgrounds and career paths of the nation's school superintendents, their average tenure, job difficulties, and district expectations, based on the results of a survey that included 12 percent of superintendents nationwide.
Teachers as Agents of Change: A New Look at School Improvement, by Allan A. Glatthorn (National Education Association, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, Conn. 06516; 208 pp., $16.95 paper). Focuses on the role teachers can play in school reform by working to foster improvements in curriculum development, professional development, more effective assessment systems, and a learning-conducive school culture and climate.
Voters and School Finance: The Impact of Public Opinion, by Terry N. Whitney (National Conference of State Legislatures, 1560 Broadway, Ste. 700, Denver, Colo. 80202; 60 pp. $15 paper). Identifies the effects on state legislatures and school systems of making finance decisions at the polls by examining the successes and failures of seven state laws requiring voter approval of school-finance initiatives.