In the two decades they’ve been working together, Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar Rasminsky—winners of two prestigious Texty Awards for textbook excellence—have written a series of books and booklets unique in the field of education. Combining Barbara’s 30 years of experience as a teacher, day care director, and education consultant, with Judy’s professional writing skills, their texts bring readers solid research and pragmatic strategies in a style that’s always easy to read.
BARBARA KAISER is the coauthor of Challenging Behavior in Young Children and Challenging Behavior in Elementary and Middle School. She has taught at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and Concordia University and College Marie-Victorin in Montreal, Canada.
In addition to presenting workshops, keynote speeches, and webinars on challenging behavior throughout the world, Barbara has acted as chief consultant for Facing the Challenge, an instructional DVD based on Challenging Behavior in Young Children (produced by Devereux Early Childhood Initiative), and for Mr. Rogers’ Family Communications, Inc. She has also consulted for several regional projects; developed a comprehensive intervention to prevent and address violence among young people aged 5 to 15; and created a series of webinars and guides on bullying for the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
Over a period of 25 years, Barbara founded and served as the director of two child care centers and an after-school program. A master’s degree in educational administration from McGill University gives her a firm theoretical foundation, but above all, her perspective is practical, realistic, and compassionate, stemming from decades of working with actual children, families, and teachers in real situations.
She is a citizen of the U.S. and Canada.
JUDY SKLAR RASMINSKY, coauthor of Challenging Behavior in Young Children and Challenging Behavior in Elementary and Middle School, is a freelance writer specializing in education and health. She and Barbara first teamed up to write The Daycare Handbook: A Parents’ Guide to Finding and Keeping Quality Daycare in Canada, and have been working together ever since. Their bestselling Meeting the Challenge was selected as a Comprehensive Membership Benefit by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Judy’s articles have appeared in the Reader’s Digest, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other magazines and newspapers; and several of her pieces have been anthologized in college and high school textbooks. She has earned awards from the Text and Academic Authors Association, the National Association of Government Communicators, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the National Institutes of Health.
For many years an editor at book publishers in New York and London, she has a B.A. in English from Stanford University and an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Professional Writers Association of Canada, the Textbook and Academic Authors Association, and the Authors Guild. She is a citizen of the U.S. and Canada.