KidSpeak Consulting recommends the following books and articles as
suggested reading for those interested in learning more about the research
behind our work as well as stories that will inspire parents and educators:
Bronson, Po and Ashley Merryman. NurtureShock
Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Dweck, Carol. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Greene, Ross W. Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them
Goertz, Donna Bryant. Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful: Preventing Exclusion in the Early Elementary Classroom
Nelson, Jane. Positive Discipline
Siegel, Daniel and Mary Hartzel. Parenting From the Inside Out
Join the Positive Youth Development movement! Get informed and get involved. We can help. KidSpeak Consulting recommends the following links:
For Positive Youth Development Resources
- Afterschool Alliance in their own words: The Afterschool Alliance is working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality after-school programs. Afterschool programs are critical to children and families today, yet the need for programs is far from being met.The nation’s leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments.
- Positive Discipline Association in their own words: The Positive Discipline Association promotes and encourages the development of life skills andrespectful relationships in families, schools, businesses and community systems.
- Search Institute in their own words: Search Institute provides leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. Search Institute is a leading global innovator in discovering what children and adolescents need to become caring, healthy, and responsible adults. Drawing on extensive research, Search Institute brings hopeful solutions to pressing challenges in the lives of young people and their communities.
- Policy for Results in their own words: PolicyForResults.org is dedicated to helping policymakers make sound decisions that contribute to better outcomes and opportunities for all children and families.
For Curriculum & Instruction Resources
- After School Toolkits, from SEDL, provide TONS of tips, research and resources in implementing various content areas in the after-school setting.
- Edutopia: The George Lucas Educational Foundation in their own words: The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by using digital media to document, disseminate, and advocate for innovative, replicable strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.
- PBS Teachers in their own words: PBS Teachers is PBS’ national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you’ll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. We provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations. These resources are correlated to state and national educational standards and are tied to PBS’ award-winning on-air and online programming like NOVA, Nature, Cyberchase, Between the Lions and more.
- McRel in their own words: Making a difference in the quality of education and learning for all through excellence in applied research, product development, and service.
- A Mighty Girl in their own words: A Mighty Girl is a resource site to help others equally interested in supporting and celebrating girls. Our labor of love has now come to fruition as the world’s largest collection of books and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls. The site was founded on the belief that all girls should have the opportunity to read books and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities.
For Seattle Youth Resources
- Seattle Tutoring Coalition in their own words: The Seattle Tutoring Coalition is a professional development and networking group of school and community-based tutoring programs from all around the Puget Sound region. The STC was established in 1992, and participating programs serve primarily low-income students.
- Sound Discipline in their own words: Teaching people to do the right thing, even when no one is looking. Sound Discipline offers workshops, coaching, resources and support for school administrators, school staff, parenting educators, youth workers, and families. We use research based methods to teach social and emotional skills to build strong character and to foster equity and democracy in our community.
- King County Youth Development Network in their own words: The King County Youth Development Network (KCYDN) is a collaborative resource and network for local youth development staff, both online and in-person. KCYDN provides a centralized website where youth development workers share resources and best practices. Monthly in-person networking events feature professional panels and specialized training. KCYDN is staffed and supported by SOAR and led by a collaborative group of youth development staff.
- SOAR in their own words: SOAR is the community coalition that advances the healthy development of children, youth & families in King County. Doing work that no single agency can accomplish alone, SOAR builds and strengthens effective partnerships and aligns community strategies to support children and youth (birth-18). SOAR is an initiative of the community and works to create alignment between systems, sectors, organizations, providers and practice to ensure children succeed in school and in life.
- Mockingbird Society in their own words: Building a world-class foster care system through collaboration, innovation and advocacy. Specifically, The Mockingbird Society has set out to: Reform public policy and legislation; Create a new model of foster care; Support caregivers; and Involve youth, alumni and caregivers in advocating for system improvement and reform.
- School’s Out Washington in their own words: School’s Out Washington is an intermediary agency which provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. School’s Out is dedicated to building community systems to support quality out-of-school time programs for Washington’s 5-18 year olds through training, advocacy and leadership.
If you would like your organization to be added to this list, please contact Christine.
- Neighborhood House in their own words: The mission of Neighborhood House is to help diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health, and community building.