Meet Author Russ Walsh at the Brooklyn Book Festival! on September 16th at Booth 15
At Garn Press we are so excited for the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival. Forty thousand readers and we are going to meet them! It is going to be such a great celebration! Garn will be at the BBF September 16th and 17th and we will have lots of books and goods at discount prices. This year’s Festival runs September 11-17, 2017. The heart of the Festival is at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza; Children’s Day takes place at MetroTech Commons in downtown Brooklyn. There are also Bookend Events stretching citywide. For more information on their venues, click here.
Author Russ Walsh at the Brooklyn Book Festival!
Author Russ Walsh will be at the festival September 16 and we’ll be featuring his book: A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century: Navigating Education Reform to Get the Best Education for My Child. ON SALE, paperback book 20% off on Amazon, $15.95.
For Parent’s and Educators
- Got questions about what’s happening to public schools?
- Are you thinking of opting-out of all those tests?
- Wondering how young children learn to read and write?
- Looking for developmentally appropriate reading and writing activities for little kids?
- Wondering how to talk with your children about climate change?
- Garn Press has researchers and teachers who between them have 100 years of thinking about these questions.
Come chat. They are friendly and welcoming and will address your concerns seriously and suggest strategies for responding to them.
A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century: Navigating Education Reform to Get the Best Education for My Child
Author: Russ Walsh
Garn Press (248 pp.)
$15.95 paperback, $9.99 e-book, $2.99 through Kindle Matchbook Program
Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound (local bookstore) | Indigo Books | Books-A-Million
About the Book
What is a parent to make of the current narrative about public education in the United States? We hear that our public schools are mediocre at best and dysfunctional and unsafe at worst. We hear politicians and pundits arguing that the country will fall behind economic competitors like China and Japan, if our schools do not improve. We hear education reformers, well-funded by corporate lions like Bill Gates and the Walton family, suggesting a smorgasbord of solutions from school choice to more rigorous standards and from increased standardized tests to test-based teacher accountability.
What is education reform and how will it impact schools, children and parents? What are charter schools and should I send my child to one? What is the impact of standardized testing on my child? Should I opt my child out of standardized testing? How can I make sure my child gets a good teacher? What does good reading and writing instruction look like? How should technology be used in the schools and at home?
A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century is written to answer these questions and help today’s parents sort through the weeds of educational reform to make informed decisions designed to get the best possible education for their children. The book starts from the point of view that public education is a vital institution, central to our democracy and economic independence, and then suggests ways that parents can not only get the best of education for their own children, but also support policies that will make the institution of public education stronger for future generations.
About Russ Walsh
Russ Walsh has had a forty-five year career in public education as a teacher, literacy specialist, curriculum supervisor and college instructor. He is currently the Coordinator of College Reading at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. After beginning his career as a secondary history teacher, Russ switched gears and earned a degree in literacy and then worked for much of his career in the literacy field, including stints as an elementary reading specialist, a Reading Recovery teacher and a literacy supervisor. He has taught at every level of education from kindergarten through graduate school. His major academic interests have been in reading fluency, content literacy, instructional practice and parental involvement in education.
Russ was active for many years with the International Literacy Association (ILA) and was a member of that organization’s Parents and Reading Committee, as well as the co-founder and chair of the Parents and Reading Special Interest Group for ILA. In those roles, Russ helped organize and deliver parent programs as a part of ILA’s yearly international conference. He has presented hundreds of workshops and papers for parents and teachers at local, regional, national and international conferences. Russ blogs on public education, literacy instruction and teaching practice at Russ on Reading. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Cindy Mershon, and their three cocker spaniels.
About the Brooklyn Book Festival
The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, it includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors and 200 booksellers in a vibrant Literary Marketplace. This hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages.
Plan your Festival
This year’s Festival runs September 11-17, 2017. The heart of the Festival is at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza; Children’s Day takes place at MetroTech Commons in downtown Brooklyn. There are also Bookend Events stretching citywide. For more information on their venues, click here.
Brooklyn Book Festival – Children’s Day
Saturday, September 16 at 10 AM – 4 PM
1 Metrotech Ctr, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Brooklyn Book Festival – Festival Day
Sunday, September 17 at 10 AM – 6:30 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon St, New York, New York 11201