Ground Control Parenting – Carol Sutton Lewis

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Use Success Academy Secrets to Help Your Child Read

Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City have had an impressive track record of helping students achieve impressive results on statewide reading tests. Their website boasts that this year 84% of their students (their “scholars”) passed the mandatory English Language Arts (ELA) tests and 95% passed the math tests, making them the #1 school […]

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How Do We Talk With Our Children About The Las Vegas Mass Shooting?

Another mass shooting, this time at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. How do we talk to our children about this tragic event? GCP has discussed this issue before, after Newton and Charleston . And now we must talk about Las Vegas. But what should we say? Experts say it depends on how old our […]

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Happy Earth Day! Tips for Celebrating With Your Sons

Happy Earth Day! Here’s what you should know about today: What is it? An international celebration of the importance of protecting and bettering the globe. This year, the theme for Earth Day is “Environmental & Climate Literacy.” The goal is to make sure that by 2020, students graduating high school are climate and environment literate. […]

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Read Rice & Rocks With Your Sons!

Looking for a wonderful picture book celebrating culture and diversity that your sons (and your daughters) will love? Rice & Rocks introduces us to the delightful young Giovanni, who is looking forward to another great Sunday of hanging out with his pet parrot Jasper and playing with his friends who are coming to dinner, until […]

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Talking to Your Young Children About Slavery: 5 Things to Know

“Tell us about your first relative to come to the United States. Where did he or she come from?” A third grader had this question for homework the other day. His dad called me in a panic: “We haven’t told him about slavery yet–he’s too young. How is he supposed to answer this?” After commiserating […]

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It Begins Early: Study Suggests Pre-School Bias Against Black Boys

Here’s disturbing news from researchers at Yale University: Teachers may be more inclined to expect bad behavior from black preschoolers–especially black boys–than from white preschoolers. As reported recently in a Washington Post article found here, in a recent study over 130 preschool teachers were asked to view video clips of young children in classrooms and […]

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It’s Black History Month: Share YOUR History

It is Black History Month! We all know what this means: Lots of tributes to and images of President Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and a host of Black “paving the way” entertainers and athletes will be floating around our children at school this month. While we at GCP believe our […]

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Homework for Parents: End of Summer/Back to School

Parents, here is some help with getting your sons ready for success in the coming school year: Summer Learning: www.education.com has tons of customizable and printable worksheets for students from kindergarten through high school. Print out a few from last year’s grade and encourage your son to dust off the cobwebs and review the material. […]

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How Do We Talk to Our Younger Sons About the Ferguson Verdict?

We have all heard and seen the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. We’ve had many conversations with our friends and colleagues about what a failure to indict means for the Brown family, for Ferguson, for black boys everywhere. But as time passes after this […]

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Reality Check: Pre-School and Kindergarten Admissions

O.K. all you parents who are either in the midst of the school application process for your pre-school or kindergarden son or have submitted your applications and are counting down the months until you are scheduled to hear the responses, take a deep breath and let it go slowly. Time for a reality check. We’ve […]

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