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Get Smart! Nine Sure Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School


reviewed by Rosalie Palan & Sandra L. Christenson — March 01, 2007

coverTitle: Get Smart! Nine Sure Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School
Author(s): Ronald J. Dietel
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787983349 , Pages: 288, Year: 2006
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Many topics to support and improve their children’s achievement have been addressed in books written for parents of school-age children. Recently, the topics have moved beyond the traditional academic home support for learning and behavior management. For example, motivation has been addressed recently by Janine Bempachat (2000) in Getting Our Kids Back on Track. The uniqueness of Get Smart! lies in its focus on educational standards and high-stakes testing. Since these policies and practices will not disappear in the near future, books on this topic are necessary and welcome. Ronald Dietel has expertise in the areas of standards and high stakes testing, evidenced by his term as Assistant Director for the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA. Get Smart! is written for both parents and educators; Dietel’s stated purpose is to “create a home learning environment that supports student achievement” through his Get Smart! Learning... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 01, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13675, Date Accessed: 9/20/2017 12:14:51 PM

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  • Rosalie Palan
    University of Minnesota
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    ROSALIE PALAN is a first-year doctoral student in school psychology at the University of Minnesota. Her academic interests focus on family-school partnerships and collaboration.
  • Sandra Christenson
    University of Minnesota
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    SANDRA CHRISTENSON, Ph.D., is the Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on interventions that enhance student engagement with school and learning, and identification of family and school contextual factors that facilitate student engagement and increase the probability for student success in school.
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