Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) April 19, 2007
Dr. Edward F. Dragan education expert and founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC recognizes the importance of cooperative efforts to prevent school bullying.
“All children are entitled to courteous and respectful treatment by students and staff at school. Educators have a duty to ensure that students have a safe learning environment,” says education expert and school liability consultant Dr. Dragan.
In American schools, more than 16 percent of students say that they have been bullied by other students during the 2000-2001 school year, according to a survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study appears in the April 25, 2001 Journal of the American Medical Association.
In the U.S. many states are finally recognizing the urgent need to take a firm stand against bullying. In February 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled students have the right to attend school without being subjected to repeated taunts from other children. The ruling makes school districts in that state responsible for stopping bias-based harassment. A school district may be found liable if it knew about a “hostile educational environment” and failed to take reasonable action to end it.
Eighteen additional states, Guam, and Puerto Rico have passed anti-bullying laws and require public schools to have an anti-bullying policy in place. These laws generally define harassment and bullying as any conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment. The list includes age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
According to Dr. Dragan, “The key for the protection of both the victim and the school is that the school takes affirmative action whenever there is an observation or report of bullying.”
“Schools must have clear policies and procedures and train students and staff in the detection, reporting, and prevention of bullying. No amount of laws will stop the practice of bullying. Effectiveness is achieved when students, parents, teachers, and administrators join together to confront bullying and harassment. Each must take responsibility to take part to protect students and to make schools safe.”
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation and education expert witness services to school administrators and attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, education law suits, and school risk assessments. His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know, is scheduled for publication in 2007.
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.
Education Management Consulting, LLC
Woodinville, Wash. (PRWEB) April 29, 2007
Teri Otwell’s new book Bubba and the Germ Army is an entertaining and vivid story about a young boy who refuses to eat the food he needs for good health, until he learns about the war going on inside his own body.
Every parent must endure the frequent battles of trying to get their children to eat healthily — in fact, sometimes, to eat anything at all! Parent and author Teri Otwell has experienced conflicts like this countless times. In her new book, Bubba and the Germ Army, she recounts the story of Bubba, a little boy who is sick yet still refuses to eat the foods that his body needs to recover. When Bubba falls asleep, he dreams of taking a trip inside his body, only to discover a massive war in progress.
During this dream, Bubba sees firsthand the pitched battles that take place between the evil germ army and the forces of good represented by his body’s immune system trying to protect his health. From this adventure, he learns the value of eating good food that will provide nourishment to help him overcome his illness and stay healthy. This fun and engaging story is ideal for parents to share with their children — especially before their kids dig in their heels and refuse to even try their vegetables.
“Otwell has written a charming book, one that should sit on the bookshelf in every house where a child resides.” – Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times best-selling author
For more information or to request a free review copy, please contact the author. Bubba and the Germ Army is available for sale online at Amazon.com, Borders.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.
About the Author
Teri Otwell started writing short stories when she was only 12 years old, and she has continued to have an interest in writing and telling engaging stories to others. Her professional background is in instructional design. She is married and has three children.
BookSurge LLC, an Amazon.com company, is a pioneer in self-publishing and print-on-demand services. Offering unique publishing opportunities and access for authors, BookSurge boasts an unprecedented number of authors whose work has resulted in book deals with traditional publishers as well as successful authorpreneurs who enhance or build a business from their professional expertise.
Denver, CO and Bellevue, NE (PRWEB) June 27, 2007
Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Evermore by Mary Morris Carrington, which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback in the Fiction/ Mystery category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $ 15.95. The webpage at http://www.outskirtspress.com/evermore was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.
About the Book (Excerpts & Info):
Melissa Grant Whitmark dashed out of her cabin into the raging storm. Her husband was there and going to kill her. She must get away from him and remember that terrible part of her life when he accused her of killing her beloved child. She was arrested but released on a technicality and she ran to the only place where she knew she would remember what happened. Evermore would heal her and she would learn the truth. Ted Whitmark dogged her every move and followed her hoping she would lead him to the book that would give him what he wanted. He needed her money. He would see her dead and buried as soon as he had his hands on her inheritance. Jake Collins must protect her from the past and bring back the girl he knew when they were children. She would lead him on an adventure that would take them both to the White House and a conspiracy that could end the Presidency of the first woman in history to hold that office.
Deftly constructed at 452 pages, Evermore is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Fiction/ Mystery category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Evermore meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $ 15.95.
Additionally, Evermore can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press wholesale online bookstore at http://www.outskirtspress.com/buybooks
ISBN: 9781598006025 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback SRP: $ 15.95
For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.outskirtspress.com/evermore
About the Author:
Mary Morris Carrington is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task. Evermore is the first in a series of recent pursuits, with work progressing quickly on the follow-up.
About Outskirts Press, Inc.:
Outskirts Press offers turn-key, custom book publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available globally at http://www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press, Inc. represents the future of book publishing, today.
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 S. Parker Rd – 515, Parker, Colorado 80134
Priest River, Idaho (PRWEB) July 11, 2007
“Mergus, a Merganser Duckling’s Journey Up a River Called Priest” by Karen Dingerson takes an in-depth and comprehensible look at a healthy waterway with life in abundance.
A simple tale of a river and the animals that occupy it, “Mergus, a Merganser Duckling’s Journey Up a River Called Priest” begins with the changing of the seasons from winter to spring, portraying how spring brings a feeling of joy and birth. Readers follow a young duckling on his journey down the river, as he is introduced to many of the creatures that inhabit the water, banks, and sky.
Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) August 22, 2007
Dr. Edward F. Dragan, author of the soon to be released book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, comments on keeping our students safe. School safety and liability expert, Dr. Edward F. Dragan states, “Unnecessary risks in schools must be corrected, most importantly to protect the safety of students, faculty and support staff, but also to eliminate costly litigation and settlements. Implementing regular assessments of school safety policies and procedures can greatly reduce risks.”
Dr. Dragan remarks, “All too often we hear after the fact, ‘How did this accident happen?’ or ‘Could the school have prevented it?” “Unfortunately once the accident occurs; it is too late to ask these questions, a school’s risk management plan must be proactive to be effective.”
Our nation’s schools pay millions of dollars annually in damages to school children injured in class, sexually assaulted by teachers, and harassed by fellow students. New Jersey alone faced 381 suits-more than one case a day-representing a potential liability of over 500 million dollars. This total does not include cases filed in administrative court, which typically hear special education issues. Since most cases settle privately, the general public and even some education insiders are not aware of the scope of such liability.
The following three recent instances chronicle occurrences that could have been avoided had the schools developed a risk analysis plan identifying potential safety hazards, emphasizing accountability and establishing procedures for creating and maintaining a hazard free school.
A 1.7 million dollar verdict was awarded to a third-grade student told by her teacher to return a television cart with a television on its top shelf to the library. The cart fell, causing the television to strike the student, whose injury resulted in permanent brain damage. A federal court jury decided the school was partially liable for the accident due to the student’s lack of supervision. This unfortunate incident could have been prevented if teachers and administrators had assessed the risks of allowing young children to move such equipment.
A private settlement was reached in a similar case. A board of education paid $ 850,000 to a five year old student with autism who was seriously injured when a fifty pound television fell and struck him on the head. When evidence of inadequate supervision pointed to the school’s liability the case was settled.
The coach of a girl’s track team and a student who threw his javelin one more time after the coach announced practice was over both shared payment of a $ 300,000 settlement to a student who received permanent nerve damage and facial paralysis when the javelin struck her in the face. The coach was responsible for the students while they were using potentially dangerous equipment.
Most cases of school safety violations could be prevented through practice of proactive risk management. Teachers and administrators must scrutinize their procedures, equipment use and personal practices for ways to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. Schools must follow risk management guidelines to improve overall school safety and to eliminate the high costs of accident related litigation. Although insurance companies usually pay these settlements, schools and taxpayers will ultimately have the burden of higher taxes and insurance premiums.
Dr. Dragan comments, “School administrators must develop a systematic procedure for inspecting school premises and reviewing safety procedures for evidence of potential risks. An inspection log should be established to record potential risks along with the remedial action taken to eliminate the unsafe hazard or procedure.”
In addition, Dr. Dragan suggests the following risk management guidelines to maximize school safety and security. “School administrators should assess potential risk related to all equipment in proximity or accessible to students. A safety handbook that details procedures for supervising students in all school areas should be established.”
“Administrators need to conduct in-service training and review of first-aid practices, crisis response strategies, school evacuation drills, and alternative communication methods to use, if warranted, during potential crises.”
Dr. Dragan also remarks, “Each faculty member must be aware of their specific responsibilities related to safety and should have prioritized action system available to them to effect needed safety corrections in a timely matter. Administrators need to model and emphasize personal accountability and commitment to create and maintain school safety and security procedures.”
“School administrators who demonstrate a proactive commitment to safeguarding the welfare of students, faculty members and support staff will produce safe and secure school campuses and climates which will reduce potential school liability.”
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation to school administrators and education expert witness services to attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, sexual harassment, child custody, and special education . His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, is scheduled for publication in 2008.
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.
Education Management Consulting, LLC
Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) October 19, 2007
Drawing from their own upbringing, authors Ron Berlettano and Sonia Morgante mix fantasy with reality and open a door to the heart and mind of a child who is struggling to become an adolescent in Spotless.
In Spotless, a beautiful and equally bright ladybug named Ruby finds her relationship with her domineering, over protective mother extremely trying. When a cute boy moves in next door, Ruby’s mother is determined to keep her daughter away from him. Despite her mother’s wishes, Ruby befriends the new neighbor, and as a result, her life, along with the lives of those closest to her, takes a turn for the better.
Ultimately, the actions of Ruby’s mother impart a valuable lesson to readers. In her mind, she believed she could keep Ruby safe by building a barricade between her daughter and the world, but in reality, all she created was a wall between herself and her daughter. The authors suggest that in spite of wanting to keep children out of harm’s way, it is better for parents to act as a guide for their children rather than make choices for them. The story also shows that allowing children to learn from their mistakes and personal experiences will make them stronger.
The central theme of Spotless is more than relevant in today’s society, where parents are continuously raising arms to protect their children from the evils of the world, while their children eagerly crave independence and freedom. Fun-filled and dazzlingly illustrated, Spotless offers spot-on entertainment and life lessons for readers of all ages.
For more information or to request a free review copy, members of the press can contact Ron Berlettano or Sonia Morgante. Spotless is available for sale online at Amazon.com, BookSurge.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.
About the Authors
Co-authors and cousins, Ron Berlettano and Sonia Morgante were both born and raised in Montreal. At a young age, Ron Berlettano began creating his own comics as a hobby. He holds an advertising art degree and has worked as a freelance artist. His passion for all forms of art slowly evolved into an explosion of ideas for storytelling. Sonia Morgante has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concordia University. Dedicated to seeing the world through the eyes of a child, her wish to one-day write a story about her world in a language that children could understand has finally come true.
BookSurge Publishing is a DBA of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc., (NASDAQ AMZN). BookSurge is a pioneer in self-publishing and print-on-demand services. Offering unique publishing opportunities and access for authors, BookSurge boasts an unprecedented number of authors whose work has resulted in book deals with traditional publishers as well as successful authorpreneurs who enhance or build a business from their professional expertise.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 31, 2007
October 26th 2007 marked the one year anniversary of the release of Bill Stoneking’s book, “The Diary of a Patient Man, A Father’s Struggle” (LuLu Press, Oct. 26, 2006, ISBN: 978-1-4303-0198-1). As the past year has lapsed, exposure to the problems of domestic violence and child abuse that fathers and their children suffer in family court has brought positive response from readers, voters and families affected in Clay and Platte Counties in Missouri that wish to take action as well as significant responses from other jurisdictions across the United States.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the ongoing problem of child custody interference by mother’s who make unsubstantiated claims of abuse against fathers to interfere with the parent-child relationship, author Bill Stoneking releases a LULU exclusive edition, “The Diary of a Patient Man, A Father’s Struggle F4J
Denver, CO and Renton, WA (PRWEB) February 12, 2008
Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Secure A Kid: Safety Education and Fingerprinting Handbook for Kids and Adults by Pamela Wilson, which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 8.25 x 11 Paperback in the Family/Child – Parenting category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $ 10.95. The webpage at http://www.outskirtspress.com/secureakid was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.
About the Book (Excerpts & Info)
Keeping children safe is the top priority of child welfare. Too frequently, however, kinship care providers, foster parents, mentally challenged families and teen parents lack the information that can help protect the children in their care. Children I speak from personal experience. My name is Pamela Wilson. I survived a childhood riddled with abuse, and I am now a kinship care provider for my granddaughter. SECURE A KID Safety Education Fingerprinting Activity Handbook, to provide the information and tools that can help keep kids safe. I have found the handbook to be particularly useful for kinship care providers who are stepping over the generation gap to help raise their children’s chldren’s.
Deftly constructed at 80 pages, Secure A Kid: Safety Education and Fingerprinting Handbook for Kids and Adults is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Family/Child – Parenting category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Secure A Kid meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $ 10.95.
Additionally, Secure A Kid can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press wholesale online bookstore at http://www.outskirtspress.com/buybooks
ISBN: 9781432708849 Format: 8.25 x 11 Paperback SRP: $ 10.95
For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.outskirtspress.com/secureakid
About the Author
Pamela Wilson is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task. Secure A KidTMsuperscript is the first in a series of recent pursuits, with work progressing quickly on the follow-up.
About Outskirts Press, Inc.
Outskirts Press, Inc. offers turn-key, full-service, custom self-publishing for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. In 2007, the Denver Business Journal recognized Outskirts Press as the 3rd fastest-growing privately-held company in Colorado, with a growth rate of 1,560% since 2004. Available for authors globally at http://www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.
Outskirts Press, Inc., 10940 S. Parker Rd – 515, Parker, Colorado 80134
Cambridge Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) May 25, 2009
Sadness, fear, confusion, and hope mark the foster experience for thousands of children across North America. Foster children can be better prepared for the transition by reading Theresa Ann Fraser’s “Billy Had to Move” (ISBN 9781932690873, Loving Healing Press, 2009).
“Billy Had to Move” tells the story of seven-year old Billy’s placement in a foster home. With the help of Child Protection Services, Billy has been happily settled in a kinship placement with his grandma. He enjoys his pet cat, interacting with the neighbors, and even taking piano lessons. But when Billy’s grandmother passes away unexpectedly and his mother cannot be located, Billy’s social worker, Mr. Murphy, has to place him in a foster home.
Billy’s new home consists of Amy, Tim, and their baby, Colly. While Billy’s foster family wants to make him feel like part of the family, Billy finds the adjustment difficult. Not only does Billy mourn his grandmother, but he also misses the life he knew at his grandmother’s house. With help from his foster parents and his play therapist, Ms. Woods, Billy learns to adjust and be happy in his new home.
Theresa Anne Fraser wrote “Billy Had to Move” so children would understand the foster care situation as they transitioned into it. She wanted children to know there are caring people they will meet who are committed to their welfare, including foster parents, therapists, and social workers. The introduction of play therapy in the book prepares children for visiting a therapist and realizing therapy is not a frightening experience but one that can help them understand and adjust to a new home. Alex Walton’s colorful illustrations will make the story all the more attractive to children. “Billy Had to Move” is like a friend to the child who may feel alone and lost before the foster care transition.
Experts in childcare and psychology applaud the usefulness of “Billy Had to Move.” Gisela Schubach De Domenico, PhD, MFT, R-PTS says, “This gem of a bookoffers a sacred space that compassionately holds and supports the multidimensional realities of our foster children and their birth families, our social workers and foster families, our teachers and child psychotherapists.” Mark E. Hulbert, MA, LLP appreciates that “The bookprovides insight into how powerful the experience can be when the child has an opportunity to explore their trauma in the sandtray.” Athena A. Drewes, Director of Clinical Training at The Astor Home for Children states, “This is a much-needed book for foster care childrenIt offers a welcoming view of how children’s worries and losses can be understood by a caring Play Therapist, in a warm and inviting setting.” And Charles E. Schaefer, Director Emeritus for the Association for Play Therapy describes “Billy Had to Move” as an “engaging, warm-hearted storyHighly recommended!”
About the Author
Theresa Ann Fraser is a mother, foster parent, Child and Youth Worker, Educator and Play Therapist. Her bibliotherapy book, “Billy Had To Move,” is based on the children she has known after working in Children’s Mental Health over the last twenty-five years.
“Billy Had to Move” (ISBN 9781932690873, Loving Healing Press, 2009) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.theresafraser.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.
Agawam, MA (Vocus) July 3, 2009
The current economic downturn has forced many Americans to make substantial changes in their lifestyle. Across the country, families are dealing with the crisis of foreclosure, rapidly increasing unemployment, and a general lack of confidence in the economy’s ability to rebound. As life within the country becomes more challenging, perhaps the group most adversely affected is the elderly. Over the last two years, there’s been an increase in the number of elderly parents moving back in with their children, very likely out of economic necessity. Until now, there were very few resources to assist individuals who were thrust into the position of caregiver for their aging parents.
The recently released When Your Parent Moves In; Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent, written by David Horgan and Shira Block, is a book that addresses these issues head on. Through a series of personal stories, case studies and expert analysis, the book provides individuals with strategies they can use to make a successful transition to living with one’s parents. Among the topics discussed are the pros and cons of having an aging parent move in, the possible pitfalls of such a change and how to avoid them, adjusting the family dynamic, and most important, how to manage and protect everyone’s assets.
“Among the life changes our counselors help the public manage, having one’s parent’s move in is among the most intricate,” stated Christopher Viale, president and CEO of Cambridge Credit Counseling. “There are a host of concerns to consider, and, in that sense, the timing of Mr. Horgan’s book could not be better. It will make a fantastic resource for those faced with these circumstances by not only providing advice, but also empowering families to come closer together.”
Cambridge Credit Counseling is fortunate to have the author, David Horgan, conduct a special community seminar at their offices on July 15, 2009. Mr. Horgan will discuss a variety of topics from his book, with a special focus on the financial concerns of such an arrangement. Afterward, Cambridge’s certified credit counselors will be available for individualized sessions to help families establish budgets and address any other credit related concerns they may have.
Cambridge’s seminars are offered free to the public each month. Because space is limited, those interested in attending are encouraged to contact Thomas Fox at 413-241-2362 to reserve seating.
About the Authors:
David Horgan (Ludlow, MA) is an award-winning medical educator, filmmaker, and director who brings his firsthand account of what to do, what not to do, and what can happen (the good and the bad) when a parent moves in. He has been interviewed on this subject by USA Today and ABC News. Mr. Horgan has been repeatedly interviewed by NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN, USA Today, New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Entertainment Weekly, and other media outlets.
Shira Block (Wilbraham, MA) is a popular lecturer, freelance writer, and personal coach. She is the author of The Way Home and Step-by-Step Miracles: A Practical Guide to Achieving Your Dream. She has a master’s degree in psychology and counseling with a concentration in family therapy.
ABOUT CAMBRIDGE CREDIT COUNSELING CORP.:
Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is a professional debt counseling agency dedicated to educating young adults on the importance of sound financial management and providing financially distressed Americans with education and debt management services appropriate to their needs. Visit Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. online at http://www.cambridgecredit.org. To learn more about Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. and the community, please visit http://www.youtube.com/CambridgeCredit.
Contact: Thomas Fox
Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp.