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Children Who Fail at School But Succeed at Life: Lessons from Lives Well-Lived. Mark Katz, $54.00

Many people who failed in school move on to enjoy meaningful and successful lives. They include — though they are by no means limited to — those with attention and executive function challenges, learning disabilities, learning and behavioral challenges arising out of traumatic events in their lives, and even those impacted by all of the above. Up until recently, little attention was paid to successful people who did poorly in school. So what did we miss? How can their life experiences help educators and parents understand what schools can do better to support students who are struggling today?

In his groundbreaking new book, Mark Katz draws on research findings in clinical and social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, education, and other fields of study — as well as stories of successful individuals who overcame years of school failure — to answer these and other questions. In the process, he shows how children who fail at school but succeed at life can give teachers and schools, counselors and health care professionals, parents and guardians — even those whose childhood struggles have persisted into their adult years — new remedies for combating learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges; reducing juvenile crime, school dropout, and substance abuse; improving our health and well-being; and preventing medical problems later in life.


Different Learners. Jane Healy, $20.00

Identifying, preventing and treating your child's learning problems. Positive and empowering, DIFFERENT LEARNERS gives parents and teachers the tools they need to improve every child's ability to learn.


How Can My Kid Succeed in School? What Parents and Teachers Can Do to Conquer Learning Problems. Craig Pohlman, $25.95

This practical resource for parents and teachers explains how to understand a child's complete learning profile — an inventory of his or her unique strengths and weaknesses — and provides helpful strategies that can be used at school and at home to get the child on a path to success. The book walks readers through the process of gathering clues about the child's learning style and provides guidelines for selecting the most appropriate learning strategies that will help spell success in school and life. Pohlman shows how parents and teachers can collaborate to help kids become successful learners, and also guides readers through the process of getting an educational assessment, for those students with particularly challenging issues.

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I Hate School: How to Help Your Child Love Learning. Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, $15.99

'One-size fits all' schooling leaves many children, parents and teachers feeling frustrated. By understanding and respecting a child's personal and unique learning style you can help them learn to minimize weaknesses and maximize their gifts. Cynthia Ulrich Tobias shows how parents and teachers can work together to provide learning opportunities for all students.


Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life. Pam Withers & Cynthia Gill, $24.95

Everyone knows that boys are falling behind in education. Largely left out of the discussion are parents of boys, who are most aware that their bright, eager sons hit an invisible wall somewhere near fourth grade, after which they become disengaged, discouraged, and disaffected. There are lots of books on underachieving boys, but most parents brave enough to lift one off the shelf are instantly intimidated by the footnotes, graphs, case studies, and academic-speak addressed almost entirely to educators. What about the average guilt-ridden, frustrated mother or father of an underachieving boy? JUMP-STARTING BOYS empowers parents, helping them reclaim the duties and rewards of raising their children and navigate the influences of school and media. Filled with reassurance and support, the authors turn fear and guilt into can-do confidence. Through easy tips and action list sidebars, this is the most practical, readable book on the topic.



Late, Lost, and Unprepared: a Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning. Joyce Cooper-Kahn & Laurie Dietzel, $33.95

Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump! The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses.

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Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. Ross Greene, $20.00

School discipline is broken. Too often, the kids who need our help the most are viewed as disrespectful, out of control, and beyond help, and are often the recipients of our most ineffective, most punitive interventions. These students — and their parents, teachers, and administrators — are frustrated and desperate for answers. Dr. Ross W. Greene, author of the acclaimed book The Explosive Child, offers educators and parents a different framework for understanding challenging behavior. Dr. Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach helps adults focus on the true factors contributing to challenging classroom behaviors, empowering educators to address these factors and create helping relationships with their most at-risk kids. This revised and updated edition of Lost at School contains the latest refinements to Dr. Greene’s CPS model, including enhanced methods for solving problems collaboratively, improving communication, and building relationships with kids. Dr. Greene’s lively, compelling narrative includes:

  • Tools to identify the problems and lagging skills causing challenging behavio
  • Explicit guidance on how to radically improve interactions with challenging kids and reduce challenging episodes — along with many examples showing how it’s done
  • Practical guidance for successful planning and collaboration among educators, parents, and kids

Backed by years of experience and research and written with a powerful sense of hope and achievable change, Lost at School gives teachers and parents the realistic strategies and information to impact the classroom experience of every challenging kid (and their classmates).


My New School: a Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School. Melissa Trautman, $27.95

Venturing into the unknown can be scary and when it comes to changing schools, it helps to have a plan. This workbook is a practical guide that will ease the transition and help you to make new friends.

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Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School. Martin Kutscher & Marcella Moran, $17.50

Is your child disorganized? Is it making you crazy? This book is your new best friend.


School Struggles: a Guide to Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success. Richard Selznick, $20.95

Dr. Selznick explores reading and writing issues, behavioral problems, difficulties with organization, social skills, medication, parents’ interactions with teachers, excessive use of technology, the importance of patience, and more. The practical, down-to-earth tone and helpful, easily applicable tools make this book a godsend for parents staying awake at night worrying about their child’s learning and school experience. His understanding that each child is unique has helped many parents and children navigate over a rough road safely.


That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life. Ana Homayoun, $22.00

Top academic counselor Ana Homayoun has helped turn even the most disorganized, scattered and unfocused boys into successful young people who consistently meet their personal and academic challenges. She does this by getting back to basics, starting with a simple fact: most boys need to be taught how to get organized, how to study, and how to visualize, embrace and meet their own goals.

Much more than a study guide, this insightful, user-friendly book provides a roadmap for the success.

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Complete Booklist

Children Who Fail at School But Succeed at Life: Lessons from Lives Well-Lived. Mark Katz, $54.00

Different Learners. Jane Healy, $20.00

How Can My Kid Succeed in School? What Parents and Teachers Can Do to Conquer Learning Problems. Craig Pohlman, $25.95

I Hate School: How to Help Your Child Love Learning. Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, $15.99

Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life. Pam Withers & Cynthia Gill, $24.95

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: a Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning. Joyce Cooper-Kahn & Laurie Dietzel, $33.95

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. Ross Greene, $20.00

My New School: a Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School. Melissa Trautman, $27.95

Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School. Martin Kutscher & Marcella Moran, $17.50

School Struggles: a Guide to Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success. Richard Selznick, $20.95

That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life. Ana Homayoun, $22.00

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