The Work-Smart Academic Planner: Write It Down, Get It Done (Paperback)

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From executive skills experts Peg Dawson and Richard Guare, this large-format academic planner is specially designed for students in grades 6-12. It provides a system for keeping track of assignments and due dates while developing the crucial executive skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. Students are given the tools to get organized, manage their time, create daily study plans, learn study strategies, and stay on track. They are also guided to evaluate their own executive skills in order to target their weaknesses and capitalize on strengths.

User-friendly features:
*Spiral binding facilitates everyday use.
*Three-hole punched to conveniently fit in a binder.
*Reproducible planning forms; purchasers can download and print extra copies.
*Undated daily and monthly calendars for one academic year.
*Three-year reference calendar (2015-2017) on each monthly page.
*Online-only User's Guide for school psychologists, educators, coaches, and parents (

See also the authors' Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits, which provides additional resources and guidance for professionals working with this population, plus the authoritative Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition. Also from Dawson and Guare: Smart but Scattered parenting guides and a self-help guide for adults.

About the Author

Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. She is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the International School Psychology Association, and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from NASP. Dr. Dawson's other books with Richard Guare include Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition; Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits; Smart but Scattered; and Smart but Scattered Teens.

Richard Guare, PhD, a neuropsychologist and board-certified behavior analyst, is Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center. He serves as a consultant to schools and agencies in programs for autism, learning and behavior disorders, and acquired brain injuries. Dr. Guare has presented and published research and clinical work involving attention, executive skills, and neurological disorders.

Praise For…

"This is a wonderful tool. Importantly, it provides a menu of options for coaches and students and the language is transparent and logical. Dawson and Guare draw on their knowledge of how executive skills develop and are refined to explicitly teach strategies for academic and personal self-management and self-advocacy. Both the student and the executive skills coach will gain from using this planner."--Jackie Gilson, NCSP, school psychologist, Chicago Public Schools

"In my 17 years as a teacher, I've worked with countless frustrated, struggling students who are clearly capable of doing better. The executive functioning and coaching components in The Work-Smart Academic Planner are vital to improve the academic performance of these learners. The planner helps students develop a growth mindset and increase their sense of self-efficacy. It builds the cognitive skills necessary for success in school and beyond."--Timothy McElroy, MA, special education teacher, Mountain View High School, Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools

"Dawson and Guare provide a true compass for navigating the path to academic growth. The planner provides invaluable practical strategies that encourage students' independence and foster learning. It will be a welcome resource for students, coaches, educators, and parents."--Barbara Saint-Amour, board-certified coach, Yarmouth, Maine

"While it is valuable to develop theoretical models of executive functioning, it is incredibly more so to develop practical strategies and clinical tools for overcoming problems in this area. Congratulations to Dawson and Guare for doing just that. This planner provides a set of tools that will help teens with executive skills deficits--including those with ADHD--to function more effectively. Parents and teachers will find the book highly useful, and clinicians will want to add it to the list of resources they recommend for dealing with executive skills deficits on a daily basis."--Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina

"This planner will be extremely useful for a wide variety of students, from those struggling with school performance to high achievers seeking further growth. It incorporates research-based strategies that will help students manage and plan their time, organize school assignments and responsibilities, and remain focused on short- and long-term goals. I know of no other resource that not only provides an individual guide for executive skill development but also includes many helpful checklists, tip sheets, and templates to support the successful completion of essential school tasks."--George J. DuPaul, PhD, School Psychology Program, Lehigh University

Product Details
ISBN: 9781462519569
ISBN-10: 1462519563
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2015
Pages: 183
Language: English