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A Gifted Child in Foster Care


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Dr. Grace LaJoy Henderson is the author of over thirty books. Her foster care story, A Gifted Child in Foster Care: A Story of Resilience, Classroom Set and her children's book series, The Gracie Series, are currently being used in public and charter schools. Pearson Higher Education published two chapters from her foster care story in a college textbook. She has earned a Doctorate in Christian Counseling, a Master's of Education in Guidance and Counseling, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. She has also earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Psychology. Dr. Henderson managed a contract with the Missouri Children's Division, in which she provided court ordered mentoring for foster youth, supervised parent-child visits and parent education. She has served as psychology and college success instructor as well as academic coach. Outside of higher education, she is a keynote speaker, workshop leader and guest author at schools, libraries and other organizations. Newspapers, radio and television has featured her publications and her story.


"It's a new way to implement nonfiction, character education and key reading strategies." Suzanne Wiley, Reading Specialist - Lee's Summit R7 School District"If taken to heart, the Character Trait Discussions in this workbook, will result in a more resilient child who can overcome adversity." Dr. Steve McClure, Assistant Director - University of Missouri, Kansas City - Charter School Center"The lessons in this workbook help students understand the reading better. The discussion questions help students apply the character traits to their own life." Shardae Williams, 7th Grade Student - Smith Hale Middle School"Several reading comprehension skills are reinforced in every lesson, which helps students learn. The character trait discussions help students apply life skills and make connections to the text." Jennifer Gooding, Reading Intervention Teacher - Belton School District" excellent tool for students to learn. The reading comprehension skills coincide with the Department of Education's curriculum expectations." CelestWest, Reading Teacher - Center Alternative School, Kansas City, MO

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