- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 25, 2002

Books

•"The Roller-Coaster Years: Raising Your Child Through the Maddening Yet Magical Middle School Years," by Charlene C. Giannetti and Margaret Sagarese, Broadway Books, 1997. This book draws together information from experts, supported by the National Middle School Association, to advise parents on mastering the ups and downs of early adolescence.

•"Too Old for This, Too Young for That; Your Survival Guide for the Middle-School Years," by Harriet Mosatche and Karen M. Unger, Free Spirit Publishing, 2000. This text, written for young adolescents, answers the likeliest questions, such as "What if I have to get braces or glasses?" "Why am I having mood swings?" and "Why is it so hard to talk to my parents lately?"

Associations

•The National Middle School Association, 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 300, Westerville, Ohio 43081. Phone: 800/528-6672. Web site: www.nmsa.org. The NMSA is a national education association dedicated to educators but full of information for parents as well.

•The American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Phone: 202/879-4400. Web site: www.aft.org/parentpage/index.html. The union's Parent Page offers information for parents on such topics as academic standards and school discipline.

Online

•The Virtual Middle School Library (www.sldirectory.com/stetson.html), a site maintained by middle school librarian Linda Bertland, offers academic help for students and includes a large compilation of resources for parents.

•MiddleWeb, a foundation-supported Web site (www.middleweb.com), provides a wealth of resources for schools, educators, parents and public school advocates working to raise achievement in the middle grades.

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