About the Book & Author

TRYING TO GET YOUR TEEN TO DO HOMEWORK WITHOUT A FIGHT?
HERE’S A BOOK YOU CAN USE TONIGHT.

Karyn RashoffHomework is a big part of success in high school. Parents in Highschooland is built around concrete anecdotes and examples of positive things parents have found successful in their homes and in their direct contact with school officials, teachers, coaches —  and, of course, their teens. Tips, interviews, and true stories told by students, parents and educators are demonstrated throughout the book.

All parents want their teens to become independent, confident and ready to take on the rigors of college and the responsibilities of adulthood. This book may be used as a quick reference of ideas for  parents who are long-term planners with a child just beginning the educational process, as well as for parents in the throes of the usual tasks of watching their teen grow up.

Thanks to her 33 years of dedicated work as a high school guidance counselor —  a career that included nearly 20,000 documented counseling interactions with students, parents, teachers and administrators — few education professionals are better qualified than author Karyn Rashoff to identify, analyze and resolve the complex and usually conflict-filled interactions among students, their teachers, and their parents.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karyn Rashoff devoted thirty-three years to a busy career in education, working as a counselor to the teen-aged subculture in California high schools—without ever a dull moment.

“I’ve discovered that retirement is an enormous gift and opportunity to pursue the things I didn’t have the time or energy to go after when I was working.  When I applied to CSULB in 1972, I was accepted as a music major but changed to sociology after my first year. My two justifications for this were: if I analyzed and studied music so thoroughly and diligently, I might lose my pure love of it; and I wanted to save the world via my study of sociology as these were turbulent times in our country and in the world at large. In the busy-ness of college and work, I put music on the very back burner of my life and almost forgot about it. The time now offered by retirement is a surprising gift, allowing me to volunteer in two fantastic non-profits.

“The Pacific Symphony Class Act Program – now in its 20th year – goes into 30 schools in Orange County, bringing music education in a lively and fun format to over 16,000 students every year. Individual Symphony musicians – talented teaching artists – are placed in year-long residencies in schools, sharing the life and music of the composer of the year. This year, the great American composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein, will be introduced to children, along with trips to the gorgeous Segerstrom Concert Hall for free concerts. “Sharing the Joy of Music!” is this year’s theme.

“The Orange County Philharmonic Society is yet another priceless organization I am volunteering in. ‘The arts are essential for a civilized society, a creative and productive workforce, and the growth and vitality of the human spirit.’ An extensive array of music education programs – in classrooms and at concerts in beautiful venues – are offered at no charge to all public and private schools in Orange County. More than 5 million children, from kindergarten through high school, have participated in the Youth Music Education Programs since their inception in 1958.

“When you retire, rediscover the love and passion that you put on your back burner and go for it!”

At the age of twenty-three, Rashoff became a middle and high school counselor in a rural town in Northern California. In the years since, she has worked with students and families in large cities and in smaller, suburban high schools, discovering that all parents—regardless of income, ethnicity, race or social status—want the very best for their children’s education and lives.

She earned her B.A. in Sociology and her M.S. in Educational Counseling from California State University, Long Beach, both with honors. She continued her coursework at Chico State University, UC Irvine, and University of San Diego.

She holds lifetime credentialing for California Pupil Personnel Services K – 12 and California Community College Counseling.

Since she began her career, Karyn has interacted professionally with nearly 20,000 students and their families, helping to define, address and resolve the problems that often arise between teens and their parents during any child’s academic and intellectual development.

Karyn has written many articles on parenting, spoken at countless parent nights, and counseled thousands of teens dealing with grief, the pain of perceived betrayal by friends, and difficulties with teachers, parents, and their own ever-changing priorities. She is available for speaking engagements, workshops, and consulting.

A long-time resident of Orange County, CA, Karyn delights in singing with three community choral groups and is an avid gardener. Her son, Matt, recently earned his M.S. in Acoustic Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is now employed as an acoustic engineer at Veneklasen Associates in Santa Monica.

To learn more about Karyn Rashoff’s career, read her résumé.

Click here to view and print a one-sheet about Karyn and her new book.


5-STAR REVIEWS ON AMAZON.COM FOR “PARENTS IN HIGHSCHOOLAND”

Clever guide for parents.
By WolfessRose on October 9, 2014

“This author has achieved in writing a comprehensive, thoroughly involved guide for parents to help their teenage learner succeed. This book not only provides prolific advice about the substance of schoolwork and how to help your student become responsible for  homework and accountable with time management, but it also gives a great insight into the general psychology within the teenage mind in relation to school. With clever and interesting anecdotes, and constructive observations, this book is a must read for any parent with a high school student.”

Needs to be a prerequisite for parents.
By ebomb143 on October 31, 2014

“If I could give this book more stars I would. I know this book is geared towards parents whose children are in high school, but I would recommend this book to anyone with school aged children. The book itself was a pleasure to read and transitioned easily from one chapter to the next. I wish this book was a prerequisite for parents to have before their children start school.”

Required reading for all parents … the “Dr. Spock” for raising school-aged children.
By SoCalMom on November 9, 2014

“Ms. Rashoff’s advice comes from experience that is tried and true. As a high school nurse in Long Beach, I am recommending this book. She covers all the issues that come up daily in high school. For example, sometimes it is hard to hear that we are ‘over parenting’, but Rashoff presents the pitfalls objectively with care but without blame.  Parents in Highschooland should be required reading for all parents of children entering middle and high school. It really captures the parent-child-student-school relationship, but it applies to life with children 24-7. Parents no longer need to say, ‘Wow, if I’d only known all this before Johnny started school’….  read Highschooland and skip the mistakes we all made!”


I invite you to send me your family’s personal success in Highschooland to possibly share with other readers in my future book. I look forward to hearing from you at info@karynrashoff.com.

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