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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Armchair Press (CA) (May 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974462772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974462776
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

"Picky Parent Guide is The Dr. Spock of Elementary Education. The Hassels have left no stones unturned in addressing the critical intersection of child, family and school, and they have presented the material in a friendly, indexed, bite-sized format that makes Picky Parent Guide an invaluable reference. Parents, educators and school leaders will refer to this book time and time again."
—DR. LUCINDA LEE KATZ, Ph.D. (Child Development and Education), National Education Leader and Head of School

"As the son of a public school teacher, the father of four children educated in public schools, and someone who has spent over 30 years working to improve public education, I can say this book will be an invaluable guide for parents who are seeking what's best for their children."
—JAMES B. HUNT, JR., Former Governor of North Carolina

"Picky Parent Guide is phenomenal — just what parents need to stay calm and productive during the admissions process. I would consider the child of any family that has read and used this book an attractive candidate."
—JEFF ESCABAR, Director of Admission, Marin Country Day School

"There's not a parent in America who wouldn't benefit from the ideas and tools in Picky Parent Guide. If you have choices, this book will help you choose with confidence. If you don't, use this guide to press for the changes our nation needs -- more options and higher school quality for every child."
—HOWARD L. FULLER, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education, Marquette University and Chair, Black Alliance for Educational Options

"This wonderful new book will help parents understand the many excellent options they have within the public education system."
—BART PETERSON, Mayor of Indianapolis

"Picky Parent Guide addresses a neglected part of the educational choice movement: parent education. Parents need a guide to the spectrum of options that confronts them, and this is it! I would like to give this to all our families."
—EMILY LAWSON, Founder and Executive Director, D.C. Preparatory Academy

"This excellent book will guide parents of academically gifted children in selecting appropriate educational options. The advice is on target and very appropriate."
—JAMES T. WEBB, Ph.D., Co-author of the award-winning Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers

"This is a first rate, practical guide for helping families match their children's needs with the right school. You'll learn everything from the secret ingredients of great schools to how to crack the mystery of securing a slot in the school of your choice."
—BRUNO V. MANNO, Ph.D., Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

"Confused about where to send your child to school? Take a look at Picky Parent Guide and you will soon be on the right track to choosing the school and teachers that meet your child's learning style and personality. This easy to read and comprehensive book is loaded with time tested wisdom and tools that are sure to help parents make the right decision. Very useful features include checklists, chapter summaries, charts, and "to do" lists."
—INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER HIGHLIGHTED TITLE

"My son was completely disinterested in his second grade class and it seemed more than a typical seven year old's dislike of school. He didn't want to go at all. After reading Picky Parent Guide I finally had the right questions to evaluate the situation. It seemed he was a poor fit with the classroom learning environment he was in. As a result I had him moved to a different classroom with the right teacher. Since then, his whole classroom learning experience has turned around. Now he's excited and challenged."
—STEVEN DONALDSON, Berkeley, CA

"A terrific and useful book that does not obsess over distinctions and labels about public and private but instead shows parents how to really get inside of all kinds of schools and make the right decisions for their children."
—ANDREW J. ROTHERHAM, Director, 21st Century Schools Project, Progressive Policy Institute

"Picky Parent Guide is a great tool for parents of preschool children. It can help transform what is often an overwhelming and anxiety-provoking process into a manageable and empowering experience that serves both parents and children throughout the elementary years."
—JACQUE GRILLO, Executive Director, Lone Mountain Children's Center, San Francisco

"I have a feeling that the Hassels will be keeping parents and schools on their toes for some time to come."
—TOM LOVELESS, Ph.D., Director, Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution

"Picky Parent Guide is a tremendous resource for parents and school leaders alike. All parents should have this book by the time their kids are 3 years old, if not sooner. It provides thoughtful guidance so that parents have tools to match their children's strengths, needs and interests to the schools that will serve them best. It also helps school leaders better answer the questions posed by informed parents."
—JOHNATHAN WILLIAMS, Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Accelerated School, Los Angeles, The Time Magazine Elementary School of the Year 2001

"I love this book! Choosing a school is a very personal decision, and Picky Parent Guide will enable parents to make the best decisions possible for their children. In writing this book, Bryan and Emily Hassel have provided a real service for parents, children and schools."
—GAYNOR MCCOWN, Executive Director, The Teaching Commission

"Picking a school for a child is the single most important decision a parent can make. Picky Parent Guide provides well-written, common-sense advice that will help parents make better, more informed decisions. Your child deserves to have you read this book."
—THOMAS W. CARROLL, President, Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability, Founder, Brighter Choice Charter School in Albany, New York

"These tools eased our worries and helped us choose just the right school for our child and family. When our needs changed, we switched schools with confidence that we were making the right move."
—GRAY DUNAWAY, Mortgage Broker and Mother of Two

About the Author

Bryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel are Co-Directors of Public Impact. A Rhodes Scholar, Bryan is a nationally recognized expert on school choice and school reform. He has authored dozens of books, articles, toolkits and other publications. Bryan holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Emily previously worked as a consultant and manager for an international human resources consulting firm. She is a national expert on school leadership, improving teaching quality, and turning around struggling schools. President Clinton’s Secretary of Education distributed her professional development toolkit, Learning From the Best, to all 15,000 school districts. Emily holds degrees in psychology, law and business from UNC-Chapel Hill. Bryan and Emily attended both public and private schools, as have the two oldest of their four children. They have personal experience with the challenging process of selecting schools for their children.

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Customer Reviews

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lKay
There are few things more important than picking the right school for your child and this book will show you how to do it and feel very confident about your decision.
M. Gaspari
As an Admission Director, I have recommended this book often and continue to do so as a tool to help parents focus on the school selection process.
Jeffrey Escabar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lKay on September 14, 2009
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This book offers a framework to organize your priorities for your child's education. This is helpful not only when starting the process, but throughout the process. It also helps organize information gathering. However, there are many better and more thorough FREE sources online. For starters the Department of Education has most of this information, as do numerous private school reviewers.

In hindsight, the several of the 5-star reviews are written in very similar language. Real consumers do not repeat the title or authors' names in the review. Additional clues, this is the only book they have reviewed and the review dates are very close together. One Amazon reviewer is also an "Admissions Director" whose review is quoted in the inside cover of this book. Gotcha!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 15, 2004
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Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child's School With Confidence - The Elementary Years (K-6) by school choice experts and advocates Bryan and Emily Hassel was written to be of practical utility to the tens of millions of parents who are picking a first school (or considering changing schools) for their child. Readers will learn practical, customized ways to improve a child's school performance, complete a step-by-step "Confident Choice Tool Kit" inquiry and thereby avoiding the waste of time and money; engaging in a detailed discussion designed to match child and family needs with what schools have to offer; learn stress saving tips on getting into a favored school; successfully dealing with teachers and school staff to acquire what a child needs; and so much more. If you have a child needing to be enrolled in a school that will do him or her the most good, then give a close and careful reading to the Picky Parent Guide.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2004
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If parents were asking these questions consistently, there is no doubt that the quality of education in America would be significantly better. The Picky Parent Guide provides an excellent framework to think about what educational choice really means, and the tools to put these ideas into action. The concepts are easy, and logical. This is an indispensable book for parents to learn about what they can do to help pro-actively and constructively ensure the optimal learning environment for their childen. The book enlightens parents about the factors to consider, and that indeed, there are a lot more choices in elementary education than you might think. Parents' choices are not limited to the question of public vs. private vs. parochial. The Picky Parent Guide is a great primer on how each child can be encouraged and supported to get the best possible education. It's an easy read - VERY helpful, very common sense, very encouraging and very actionable information. Read before your kids are in school so you have a way to think about this subject, and then read it again as your kids approach school age so that you can put what you've learned into action.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ayers on June 9, 2004
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Choosing a school is hard, but when it works, it unlocks worlds and possibilities for families. With the "Picky Parent Guide," the Hassels have created an indispensable guide to help parents undertake this most challenging responsibility: matching their kids with schools. They point out it's more than just finding the "good" schools; it's about making the right choice for your particular child. The tools provided are the right ones to make the smart call. The lively and accessible format, the checklists and the charts are all informed by the reality of today's schools. Armed with this knowledge, families will find choice truly satisfying, and great learning will take place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jayhawk on September 22, 2005
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This book does an excellent job of hand holding a parent through the steps of choosing a school that is just right for a child and their family. It is easy to read and transiitions easily from subject to subject while giving in-depth and invaluable information about what to look for in a school, teacher and administration. It is a comprehensive tool for making an educated choice with the many options that are available to parents today.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Gaspari on June 25, 2004
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There are few things more important than picking the right school for your child and this book will show you how to do it and feel very confident about your decision. We used this book when we were deciding whether to switch from private to public schools for our kids. We used many of the toolkits/checklists which made the process much easier. We have made the switch and our children have never been happier. Thank you for writing such an important book.
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