- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 6, 2002

Books

•"Extraordinary Teachers: The Essence of Excellent Teaching," by Fred Stephenson, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2001. In this book, the author-educator points out the qualities of outstanding teachers and seeks to provide the keys to good teaching.

•"Bad Teachers: The Essential Guide for Concerned Parents," by Guy Strickland, Pocket Books, 1998. This book offers a practical approach to determine if a child's learning roadblocks stem from a bad teacher, and if so, how to solve that problem right away.

•"Make Your Kids Smarter: 50 Top Teacher Tips for Grades K to 8," by Erika V. Shearin Karres, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002. The author, a parent and educator, gives dozens of tips, drills and exercises that can improve a child's chances of success in school.

Online

•The National PTA's Web site (www.pta.org) offers ongoing discussions about parents, schools and children, and includes information and debate about teacher quality.

•The National Council on Teacher Quality, a nonprofit organization devoted to the pursuit of excellent teachers, offers a Web site (www.nctq.org) functioning as an information clearinghouse on teacher-quality issues.


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