Linda Gordon and Susan Shaffer are co-authors of the book Too Close for Comfort? Questioning the Intimacy of Today's New Mother-Daughter Relationship (Penguin Books, 2009) as well as Why Boys Don't Talk and Why It Matters: A Parent's Survival Guide to Connecting with Your Teen (McGraw-Hill, 2005), Why Girls Talk and What They Are Really Saying: A Parent's Survival Guide to Connecting with Your Teen (McGraw-Hill, 2005), and Mom, Can I Move Back in with You?: A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2004).
As a result of this work, they have spoken to parent groups and educators nationally, and have been the subject of numerous interviews and articles in print, radio, and television in the United States and Canada . Selected television appearances include, Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered, CNN, MSNBC, and ABC "World News Now." They were invited to participate at the White House Conference on Teenagers.
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Susan Morris Shaffer
Susan Shaffer is currently the Vice-President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. a non-profit whose mission is to build the capacity of educational and community-based organizations to support low-income and culturally diverse children and their families. She serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Parental Information and Resource Center (MD PIRC), a statewide organization that addresses issues of increasing family engagement to improve student achievement. She brings to the position of Executive Director more than thirty years of professional training, management, consultation, teaching, and materials development experience in family engagement, gender equity and multicultural education. Her most recent projects include an appointment to Maryland’s Superintendent’s Parent Involvement Advisory Council and serving on the board of directors of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and Harmony Through Education, an international NGO whose mission is to build schools in developing countries for children with disabilities.
Susan Shaffer is a member of the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group and has been a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Commission for Women. She was invited to participate in “The White House Conference on Teenagers, 2000,” hosted by President Clinton and First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the White House celebration of the 25th anniversary of Title IX, and the Congressional celebration of the 30th anniversary of Title IX. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including, under her leadership, the MD PIRC receiving “Certificates of Special Recognition” from Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski as well as from Rep. Steny Hoyer and MD state delegates and local county commissions, the American Educational Research Association Women’s Education Award for the most significant contribution to curricular materials on women, the County Executive of Montgomery County Service Award, and the Maryland State Department of Education Recognition of Service to Maryland Women’s History Award.
In addition to the books she has co-authored with Linda Gordon, Ms. Shaffer has authored and co-authored several publications related to equity, parenting, women’s history, disability, and multicultural education. These publications include, Safe Boys-Safe Schools in the WEEA Digests series; Women’s Journeys, Women’s Stories: In Search of our Multicultural Future; Beyond Title IX: Gender Equity Issues in Schools; “She Bakes and He Builds: Gender Bias in the Curriculum,” in Double Jeopardy: Addressing Gender Issues in Special Education Services; and “Race, Gender, Class and Identity,” in Improving Schools for African American Students: A Reader for Educational Leaders.
Linda Perlman Gordon
Linda Perlman Gordon, LCSW-C, M.Ed., is a clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in the Washington, DC area working with individuals and families with a special expertise in couples, marriage and divorce. Ms. Gordon was voted one of the best mental health professionals in the Washington, DC Metro area in the July 2009 issue of Washingtonian Magazine. She is a member of the DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals in her capacity as a mental health provider in collaborative divorce. She is also a member of the Council of Contemporary Families, a non-profit consisting of noted family researchers and clinicians dedicated to enhancing the national conversation about issues important to today's families.
Ms. Gordon is the co-author of Too Close for Comfort: Questioning the New Intimacy of today's New Mother-Daughter Relationship (Berkley Books, 2009), Mom, Can I Move Back in with You? A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2004), Why Boys Don't Talk and Why It Matters: A Parent's Survival Guide to Connecting with Your Teen (McGraw-Hill, 2005), and Why Girls Talk and What They Are Really Saying: A Parent's Survival Guide to Connecting with Your Teen (McGraw-Hill, 2005).
As a result of this work, she has spoken to parent groups and educators nationally, and has been the subject of numerous interviews and articles in print, radio, and television in the United States and Canada. Selected media appearances and interviews include, CNN, MSNBC, ABC “World News Now,” Good Morning America, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Washington Post. She was invited to participate at the 2001 White House Conference on Teenagers.
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