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"Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students" (Encore Presentation)

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On this encore presentation of ST, we speak with Dr. Nancy Rappaport, a noted child psychiatrist and author. An Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rappaport is the co-author of a new book called, "The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students" (Harvard Education Press). This book --- written with Jessica Minahan, a behavioral analyst --- is based on an academic collaboration dating back nearly a decade, and is aimed mainly at K-6 educators but will have much to offer parents, as well. (Especially parents with children within that age range.) "The Behavior Code" reveals the authors' systematic approach for deciphering the causes and patterns of difficult behaviors; it also offers many useful strategies for getting students back on the track to learning. In the latter case, this book also provides user-friendly worksheets and other helpful resources. More information on "The Behavior Code," and on Dr. Rappaport's career, can be found at this link.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.