Resource Listing

General Parenting

Wendy Mogel. The Blessing of a B Minus : Using Jewish teachings to raise resilient teenagers. (2011) (Applicable for families of all faiths. Dr. Mogel is a clinical psychologist and lecturer. Explains how many of the frustrating and worrisome elements of adolescence are necessary steps in psychological growth and character development. Provides sage advice for parents on how best to handle these elements and keep the lines of communication open.)

Daniel Goleman. Emotional intelligence: why it can matter more than IQ. (1995) (Delineates what he describes as the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, as compared to rational intelligence, and explains how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being.)

Frances Jensen. The teenage brain: a neuroscientist's survival guide to raising adolescents and young adults. (2015) (Written from the perspective both as a neurologist and a parent, Dr. Jensen explains how our current understanding of the development of the brain as not complete until much later than originally thought can help parents help their teens better navigate the challenges of growing up.)

Julie Lythcott-Haims. How to raise an adult: break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kids for success. (2015) (Parent and former Dean of Students at Stanford offers practical alternative strategies to overhelping that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.)

Carol Dweck. Mindset: the new psychology of success. (2006) (Recommended by Dr. Angelo. He is using the concepts as a basis for staff continuing education and also student development. The author, a Stanford psychologist, posits that people with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are far less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and mentorship.) For a brief summary of the principles, please see the following article in Education Week: "Carol Dweck revisits the 'Growth Mindset'"


Learning Disabilities

LD OnLine is a leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders, and differences. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find authoritative guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.


College Searching

Frank Bruni. Where you go is not who you'll be: an antidote to the college admissions mania. (2015) (A little repetitive, but he offers a welcome antidote to the out-of-control competition in the college admissions process. His bottom line is that a student's efforts in and out of the classroom are far more important than the institution name on his/her diploma. Presents research to show that the Ivy League and other "top" schools do not have a lock on corner offices, prestigious grants, etc.)

Lynn O’Shaughnessy, “How my daughter made the most out of college” (May 8, 2014)

Blog with well-researched college admission and financial aid tips. Devoted to empowering college consumers. Similar mindset to Frank Bruni.