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You use tactics and strategy when you write letters, and when learn how to deal with difficult people at school meetings. You use tactics and strategy when your organize your child's file

You use tactics and strategy when you learn how to measure your child's educational progress objectively. You use tactics and strategy when you chart out your child's test scores and take the charts to IEP meetings.



Getting It Done: How to Lead When You're Not in Charge. Roger Fisher and Alan Sharp. (Harper Business, 1998)

What can you do to facilitate effective school meetings when you're not in charge? 

Roger Fisher (co-author of Getting to Yes) explains why collaborating with others is so difficult. People have minds of their own - and their decisions are influenced by their emotions. 

Fisher offers a new strategy - how one person can help the group formulate a clear vision of results, suggest a course of action, and learn from past experiences. He shows how to ask questions, offer ideas, and make suggestions that will be heard. He shows how you can influence the actions of others by your own behavior.

"Well organized, easy to read. Offers lots of ideas about how to influence the way your team works. How to get past the pointless meetings and reactive in-fighting." 
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How to Read a Person Like a Book by Gerald I. Nierenberg

How to Read a Person Like a Book (audio-cassette)



You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen

You Can Negotiate Anything feels like it was written as my own personal guide to dealing with the world. I've given Negotiate Anything to a dozen or so people who have had an indentical reaction. My only gripe is that Cohen apparently never wrote a second book."

Recommended by attorney mediators Diana Santa Maria and Marc Gregg in  7 Steps to Effective Mediation.


Everyday Letters for Busy People by Debra Hart May

Are you stumped about how to write effective letters to the school?  In Everyday Letters for Busy People, you learn how to  write letters that get action, build relationships, and get your point across. 

Includes hundreds of sample letters that you can use or adapt to your situation - including sample letters to use when you have problems with the school! Use this step-by-step approach to pull your thoughts together quickly and easily. Information about Everyday Letters for Busy People


 "How to Argue and Win Every Time" by Gerry Spence is not about arguing. It is about effective oral presentation of your position, using story telling and visual imagery. Pete used the principles in this book in the Carter oral argument.

"If you have an important meeting and your emotions are high, read Chapters Eight and Nine before you do anything else."



The Associated Press Guide to News Writing by Rene Cappon. This handbook for writers is a common sense guide to writing with clarity, precision, and polish. Learn what works, what doesn’t work, and why. 


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