Supporting School: A Guidebook for Parents and Educators
by: Mary Miele and Deanna Hyslop
“An invaluable resource for parents and educators looking to assist children in achieving academic success. This easy-to-read guidebook provides noteworthy study, organizational and test-taking strategies. Miele and Hyslop are exceptional educators who uncover students’ learning potential by creating individualized learning support programs based on their unique Social-Emotional-Physical-Academic Quotient paradigm.”
-Meredyth D. Kravitz, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist
“Mary and Deanna have created an extremely valuable guide that all parents and educators should consider integrating into their developmental toolkits. This is a one-of-a-kind paradigm that is comprehensive, yet easy to understand and implement. I recommend it to all my families.”
-Maurice Frumkin, President, NYC Admissions Solutions LLC
SUPPORTING SCHOOL: A GUIDEBOOK FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS
Mark Alter, PhD
Professor of Educational Psychology
Department of Teaching & Learning
Programs in Special Education
New York University
“Upon the subject of education…I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.” – Abraham Lincoln
“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” - George Santayana
Mary Miele and Deanna Hyslop’s faith in the above quotations is demonstrated in their new book SUPPORTING SCHOOL: A GUIDEBOOK FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS. The authors weave information about a range of topics including a child’s academic history, academics a child will learn; a child’s learning styles and ways to help a child to learn; the school environment and ways to help a child to manage his or her school environment; family values, goals, and resources and, finally, ways to attend to a child’s social-emotional-physical-academic development.
Their book builds off of their Evolved Education Paradigm: a coordinated intervention strategy that lays out a path to achieve the balance of parents and educators in educating a child. They cover a variety of strategies for academic success and making learning easier including time management and becoming an expert in scheduling, cultivating discipline and motivation, and strengthening communication skills with family, friends, and teachers.
In an age of high-stake testing, Miele and Hyslop send an important message that academic performance alone is not the most important measure of a child’s schooling. The Evolved Paradigm “can be used to help children grow into celebrated and successful students.” According to them, “there is more to consider when it comes to whole child education…all aspects of the paradigm must work together in order to ensure that each student thrives within his environment.”
Overall, the book is effective in supporting and educating parents and teachers about schools and schooling, in good part because of its emphasis on teaching and learning for both the parent and teacher. The authors assume that by parents and teachers both adhering to the Evolved Paradigm, learners will benefit and be best prepared as problem solvers, critical thinkers, and innovators who can explore and test ideas. While there is a dearth of valid and reliable evidence to sustain such a belief, they have presented a paradigm consistent with best practices. There is no perfect balance among parents and teachers regarding roles, responsibility, teaching and learning, but we need to be consistently vigilant in assessing and reassessing the child, and responding to clear strengths, weaknesses, limitations, and barriers to learning. The authors have successfully brought to the public a paradigm that has a cohesive and coherent message: all kids can learn if parents and teachers have the skills, knowledge, passion, and commitment to support them.