This publication was primarily written by Nancy Paulu, with subsequent revisions and edits completed by Jean Osborn and Fran Lehr. Illustrations were done by Adjoa Burrowes and Joe Matos.
This booklet has been made possible with the help of many people and organizations, including Reid Lyon, Peggy McCardle and Kyle Snow of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Nancy Ames, Vice President and Director of Family, School and Community Programs at Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, Mass.; Leah Meyer Austin, Program Director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Mich.; Harold D. Grotevant, Department Head and Professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota; Carole Kennedy, former President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals; Joan Lipsitz, a consultant and nationally recognized expert on early adolescence and the middle grades; Joyce Epstein, Director of the Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships, Johns Hopkins University; Sue Swaim, Executive Director of the National Middle School Association; Mary Beth Blegen, 1996 National Teacher of the Year; and Kirk Winters, Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Education each of whom reviewed drafts, provided materials and suggestions and generously contributed from their own experiences.
In addition, a special thanks to Todd May and Menahem Herman in the Office of Communications and Outreach for their help in managing the design, development, production and distribution of this booklet.