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Raising Boys

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About This Site

The PBS Parents Guide to Understanding and Raising Boys delivers practical strategies and useful insights to help parents understand and raise their sons.

Please Note:The information in this Web site is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Please consult your school administrator, healthcare provider, school guidance counselor, and/or pediatrician for recommendations about diagnosing or treating psychological issues that may arise related to school and your child.

The Team

Marion Rice, Ed. D., Executive Producer

Marion Rice has more than 15 years of experience in educational media development, and a doctorate in education, focusing on educational media. She is responsible for a number of integrated media and education/outreach projects at OPB, including design and production of content for parents, teachers, general audiences and kids. She has served as the executive producer and creative director for many other PBS projects including the PBS Parents Guides to Talking with Kids: Talking with Kids About War and Violence and Talking with Kids About Health, The New Heroes and History Detectives Kids.

Josh Daniel, Executive Editor/Writer

Josh Daniel is the executive editor-writer of the PBS Parents Guide to Raising and Understanding Boys Web site and brings over fifteen years of experience in the production of online, print, and television educational media. He has served as Executive Producer-Writer-Editor of numerous sites produced in association with OPB including the PBS Parents Guide to Going to School Web site and the award-winning PBS Parents Guide to Talking with Kids Web series; and served as Senior Writer for OPB's History Detectives Kids Web site. Other credits include Executive Producer-Editor of I was, a kids Web site for the National Academy of Sciences, and the Early Learning Web site for KCTS. Josh is the president of Content Inventions, and has served as consulting executive Web editor for Oregon Public Broadcasting, senior editorial advisor to PBS Parents, senior editor for Sesame Workshop online, editorial director for, and online editor for Time Warner's

Sam Ward, Producer

Heather Hawkins, Web Developer

Margot Chase, Editor


Senior Advisor:

Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Author and psychologist Michael Thompson is co-author of The New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys and the host of the PBS documentary, RAISING CAIN: BOYS IN FOCUS. He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons, and co-author of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children. Michael served as senior advisor the PBS Parents Guide to Raising and Understanding Boys Web site, the PBS Parents Guide to Going to School Web site, and the PBS Parents Guide to Talking with Kids about Everything Web site.

Content Advisors:

The information in this Web site was researched and developed with input from an esteemed board of expert advisors. We wish to thank and gratefully acknowledge the advisors to this project.

Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada is the President and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone, a pioneering, community-based non-profit in New York City. He is a nationally recognized advocate for children and education reform. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his work, including the Heinz Award, the McGraw Prize for Education and the Children's Champion Award. Canada has written two books, Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America.

Jane Katch, M.S.T.

Jane Katch is the author of Under Deadman's Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play, and They Don't Like Me: Lessons on Bullying and Teasing from a Preschool Classroom. She teaches five- and six-year-olds at Touchstone Community School in Grafton, Massachusetts.

Thomas Newkirk, Ph.D.

Thomas Newkirk is a Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire where he directs the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes. He is the author of several books, including The Performance of Self in Student Writing, which won the David Russell Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, and Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture.

Joseph Tobin, Ph.D.

Joseph Tobin is the Nadine Mathis Basha Professor in Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University. Tobin has just completed a major research grant from the Spencer Foundation on "Continuity and Change in Preschools of Three Cultures: Japan, China and the United States." Another area of research is on young children and the media. Among his publications are the books Preschool in Three Cultures, Good Guys Don't Wear Hats: Children's Talk about the Media, and Pikachu's Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokemon.

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