Ground Control Parenting – Carol Sutton Lewis

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Ages 16-18

NPR Series: America’s Dropout Crisis

This week National Public Radio is featuring a series called “School”s Out: America’s Dropout Crisis” in which it looks at the dropout crisis through the stories of five people, three of whom have already dropped out and two who are at risk. The series overview can be found here. Today’s broadcast features the story of […]

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Say What? Black Men Survive Longer in Prison than on the Outside

A study recently conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina concluded that the death rate was lower for Black men in prison than for those outside it. Take a look at theroot.com’s reporting of this study here. This kind of news gives us another good reason to make sure our sons flourish in […]

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The Educational Crisis of Young Men of Color

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, and Gaston Caperton, President of the College Board, have written an essay in today’s Huffington Post and theRoot.com calling for national focus on educating young Black men. You can read it here. Gates and Caperton co-hosted a webcast discussion […]

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The High (Hidden) Costs of Private School

“Push for A’s at Private School is Keeping Costly Tutors Busy”, an article in today’s New York Times, details the extensive and expensive tutoring underground in NYC private schools. According to this article, which can be found here, over half of the students in NYC private schools hire tutors during the course of their K-12 […]

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Resume Building and Job Hunting Advice for Your College Student

With the post college job market looking pretty weak these days, college students need all the help they can get to make themselves as marketable as possible.  GCP talked to two senior executives who regularly  hire college graduates and asked them what resume items resonate with employers.  Parents would be well advised to pass on […]

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2011 Scholarships for Black Students

BlackStudents.com offers an extensive list of scholarships of interest to minority high school and/or college students. Some are specifically designed for minority applicants, others are open to the general public.  A list well worth checking out!  See the list here.

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Dr. Pedro Noguera to Parents: Pay Attention, Stay Involved

Dr. Pedro Noguera is the Peter Agnew Professor of Teaching and Learning at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.  Dr. Noguera is a nationally recognized expert on the best practices to narrow the achievement gap between African American and Latino students and White and Asian students.  He has worked both […]

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Tell Us Something Good: Have Racially Sensitive Teachers Helped Your Child?

GCP wants to hear from YOU about how teachers and school administrators in public and private schools have successfully handled racial incidents involving children of color, especially our boys. We are looking for 10 great examples of how teachers got it right, i.e., handled a potentially offensive or damaging incident in a thoughtful and productive […]

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Dr. Michael G. Thompson: Helping Parents Raise Their Sons

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a psychologist and school consultant who has made the study of boys and their development the focus of his career.  He is the author or coauthor of many books on this subject, including,  “It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen” (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2008), the […]

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Call to Action

Despite what you may have read in recent parenting articles, “Tiger Moms” are not the only ones who are focused on ensuring that their kids excel. As a Black mother with a daughter and two sons, I too have great expectations that my children will work hard and do well in school, and carry on […]

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