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You Are Your Child's Best Teacher:

A Holistic Guide to Link Home and School

(c) 2015 by DeBora L'T. Mapp, EdD

Actually one of my sisters had asked me to order the 2015 edition for her and I added one for a friend of mine, since I no longer have kids around. I have looked through the book and am impressed at how much I can relate to and still learn from the lessons. I will keep the 2015 edition and look forward to the 2016 when it is available. Yes, "A Holistic Guide to Link Home and School" is a valuable guide.

--From a Retiree who purchased the book for a relative. NC

I wish I had it years ago with my children! Talking with teachers was hard.

—From an older Parent, now Grandfather

This may help our youth see the reasons why they/we need to change.

—From a Volunteer in a community initiative

I’m so busy, but maybe I need to make time to read this and do something different to help my children get better results!                                                               —From a harried, hurried Mother

You Are Your Child’s Best Teacher is an outstanding contribution. It is a timely and useful guide for parents, teachers and all involved in helping children and young people develop and prepare to become successful adults. The author is a successful parent, teacher of many years, administrator and counselor. Using her holistic perspective, knowledge and skills from her training and experiences she has provided us with very important and useful insights.

The book enables parents in particular to think and plan to support the development of their children from birth to maturity, through school and the workforce. It is written as only a parent, teacher and counselor could– comprehensive, easy to read, but thoughtful and very, very useful!

        --James P. Comer, M.D., Yale Child Study Center, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry and Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. DeBora Mapp challenges families, schools and stakeholders to take a look at our past and present and begin reflecting on new realities. Those new realities will move us to see common denominators that reveal further connections. Those connections will enable us to strengthen our families, our schools and our country. 

Read this important work with an open heart and an open mind. Read it again and again, utilizing it as a reference and guide to questions you may have had in times past regarding your child’s education and success. Your interest and confidence, as a parent, in your child’s education WILL BE renewed!

--Stanley D. Murphy, EdD

Educator and Entrepreneur, Nashville TN

Dr. Mapp has done an excellent job of empowering and challenging parents to be the best teachers for their children.

--Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, author of There is Nothing Wrong with Black Students

Dr. Mapp’s You Are Your Child’s Best Teacher is a welcome resource for parents who are overwhelmed or just looking for directions to linking home and school. I often write of The Power of One to change issues in society. Dr. Mapp addresses the four challenges that I research and believe that we need to address to establish relationships with our students and our schools: communication, collaboration, culture and caring. I believe that education is like a four-legged chair. One leg is the student, one leg is the family, one is the school, and one is the community. If one leg breaks, the chair falls down. This is why we need parents.

Dr. Mapp’s book offers a step-by-step guidebook to bridging home and school issues that are age, grade, community, and culture sensitive and specific. Her practical strategies, based on research and reality, offer hope and suggestions on how you can be your child’s best teacher.

-- Dr. Stephen Sroka, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve

University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, President, Health Education Consultants and 30 years of experiences in schools. Website www.DrStephenSroka.com or by e-mail at [email protected]

I'm very pleased to announce that the February 2016 issue of our online book review magazine "Small Press Bookwatch" features a review of "You Are Your Child's Best Teacher". Additionally, this review will be archived on our Midwest Book Review website for the next five years at http://www.midwestbookreview.com

Critique: Absolutely 'reader friendly' in tone, scope, commentary, organization, and presentation, "You Are Your Child's Best Teacher: A Holistic Guide To Link Home and School" is as informed and informative as it is 'real world' practical and 'do-it-yourself' applicable from beginning to end. "You Are Your Child's Best Teacher" is very highly recommended for community library Parenting/Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

-– The Education Shelf Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch: February

2016; James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

Re Dr. Mapp's work as an Adolescent Literacy Coach:

”Schoolwide, we moved up 5 points in reading in one year with Dr. Mapp’s coaching.” R. Murray, Ret. Principal, Winburn Middle, Lexington KY

Re Dr. Mapp's work as a Curriculum Coordinator:

The Social Studies score went up 50 points in one year on the state assessment in a low income elementary school. The unruly fourth grade students had the reputation of running away substitute teachers the previous year. When the former high school teacher was asked the reason for the large score increase, he said his participation in a multicultural education PD presented by Dr. Mapp gave him the strategies that led to his students' success.   

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