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Amundson, Kristen J. – American School Board Journal, 2000
New school board members must learn to acknowledge the job's difficulty, avoid micromanaging the superintendent, carve out personal time, avoid adverse publicity, field parental lawsuit threats, prioritize communication, attend national conventions, avoid seeking special favors, beware one-size reform packages, and realize their expendability.…
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education, Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1999
Based on conclusions from more than 30 years of research linking parental involvement and higher student achievement, this booklet offers 106 ways parents and others can become more involved in children's education. The ideas are grouped according to the following categories: (1) learning begins at home; (2) making sure your child starts school…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Child Advocacy, Children
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1999
Noting that students' homework provides an opportunity for families and schools to work together to help students be successful in school, this booklet, designed for parents, offers suggestions for ways parents can use homework to become more involved with their child's education. The booklet discusses reasons for assigning homework, including…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Homework, Parent Materials, Parent Participation
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1999
Although many studies show that children who have rich early childhood experiences are better prepared for academic learning in school, many kindergarten teachers report that a large, and growing, number of children are not ready to learn when they arrive for their first day of school. This booklet, directed to parents, provides information on the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Learning Activities, Learning Readiness, Parent Child Relationship
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1999
Even after children enter school, parents continue to be the most important adult influence on their lives. This booklet, directed to parents, contains more than 40 ways that parents can work with their child's school to support their child's learning. The suggestions are organized in several sections: (1) "Parent Involvement: The 3 V's,"…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Homework
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1998
This book, which was written for students, explains the education and training needed to obtain one of the 50 most appealing and best-paying jobs today. Jobs are grouped into these categories: business services; communications; computer technology; construction; health care; manufacturing and production; mechanics, installers, and repairers;…
Descriptors: Career Education, Careers, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1996
This guide offers a closer look at the newly-independent nation of Kyrgyzstan. The teaching materials focus on the history and culture of the nation, emphasize the influence of physical geography on culture, and explore the diversity found in this small country. Each lesson includes the geography standards linked to the activity, objectives,…
Descriptors: Area Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education
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Amundson, Kristen J. – 1993
This publication outlines the ways in which school districts are implementing school reform. Information in this resource directory is based on a survey of national affiliate districts and members of the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Federal Relations Network. Section 1 discusses school reform, the role of school boards in improving…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1985
This booklet, written for parents and other citizens concerned about education, discusses some of the reasons why the arts are--and should be--a part of every student's basic education. Seven reasons are listed and discussed: arts as communication; arts and creativity; arts and understanding human civilization; arts and learning other subjects;…
Descriptors: Art Appreciation, Art Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1987
This monograph provides information on the many aspects of teacher compensation and incentive plans, focusing on those programs that seek to attract and retain high-quality teachers in the profession. Information was synthesized from reports provided by various school districts around the nation. The monograph presents state-by-state data on…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Program Development
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1988
Drawing on current research and practice, this monograph is designed to help school boards deal with the important question of parent involvement. The first of five chapters examines the benefits of parent involvement in education. Next, the current demographic and societal trends that make involving parents more difficult than previously are…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Boards of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Research
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1991
With increasing numbers of single-parent and two-career families, more parents and other community members lack the time to instill in children the values and ethics they have traditionally provided. This document addresses the challenges faced by educators as they teach these values, and it reports on successful approaches in the field, both on…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Moral Development, Moral Values
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1990
Based on the belief that learning to communicate is critical for success throughout life, this booklet discusses ways parents can work with their children to provide the experiences and encouragement that will develop this important skill. The booklet's four main sections are: (1) Infants; (2) The Preschool Years; (3) The Elementary School Years;…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Communication
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Amundson, Kristen J. – Journal of Educational Communication, 1983
This article outlines the careful planning involved in successful parent volunteer programs and the invaluable services such volunteers provide the schools. Included is a list of seven ways to get parents involved with the school. (MD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Fund Raising, Human Services, Parent Participation
Amundson, Kristen J. – 1992
This publication outlines some of the techniques school districts are using to survive in an era of fiscal restraint. Information in this resource directory is based on a national survey of 108 school districts affiliated with the National School Board Association. Section 1 summarizes the survey findings, which indicate that school districts have…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Educational Finance, Efficiency
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