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Thoughtful Thursday: Arthur Mitchell and Rita Dove on Dancing

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday pays tribute to Arthur Mitchell, the founding director of the wonderful Dance Theater of Harlem, who died yesterday at the age of 84. Mitchell, born and raised in Harlem, was the first black ballet dancer to achieve international stardom when he was a principal dancer with The New York City Ballet, where […]

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Back-in-School Check-in: Is Everything on Track?

Now that your son has gotten his first few weeks of school under his belt, here are a few areas to check in and focus on: School Supplies, Backpack: Does your son have the proper supplies for all of his classes? Does he need extra folders for the handouts from class? Does the math teacher […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Back-To-School

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday features poems to share with middle school (or younger) children as they settle back into the school rhythm. We start with “Who Has Seen The Wind”, a classic that introduces youngsters to the mysteries of science. We continue with the fun nonsense poem “Eletelephony”, and end with “Sick”, a Shel Silverstein classic […]

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Update on Colin Kaepernick: Just Do It—Vote

When you are talking with your sons and daughters about Colin Kaepernick and Nike, here’s one more thing to talk about: Kaepernick refused to vote in the 2016 Presidential elections, claiming that it would be “hypocritical”, as he is “against a system of oppression” and is “not going to show support for that system”. You […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Congratulations Sonia Sanchez

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday pays tribute to the renowned poet Sonia Sanchez, who recently was awarded the 2018 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets. The award is given annually to one poet to recognize his or her outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry, and carries a stipend of $100,000. Poet, […]

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Talk To Your Children About Colin Kaepernick and Nike

The new Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick has everyone talking, and we should be talking to our children about it. As you probably know, Nike has made Kaepernick the face of its 30th anniversary campaign. Kaepernick announced this a few days ago by tweeting a close up of his face, with the message “Believe […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Poem for Aretha

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday honors the Queen of Soul as the world mourns her passing with a “Poem for Aretha” which Nikki Giovanni wrote in 1971. Here Giovanni celebrates Aretha Franklin’s amazing talent and implores us all to remember that although she has the voice of an angel, she is actually a working mother with a […]

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Lots of Great Back-to-School Tips for Parents

GCP co-hosted the Back-to-School #ReadinessCheck Chat last Wednesday, along with @BeALearningHero, @GreatSchools, @NationalPTA and other education advocates. This lively session offered a lot of great suggestions as to how parents can best help their children to be ready for a strong start to the school year. Here are some of the highlights: How to Prep […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: U. S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

On June 14, 2017, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden (one of the subjects of last week’s Thoughtful Thursday) appointed Tracy K. Smith as the twenty-second United States Poet Laureate. In case you were wondering, the U.S. Poet Laureate serves as the official poet of the United States, and seeks to promote a greater national appreciation […]

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Join GCP in a Back-To-School Twitter Chat on Wednesday, August 22!

Tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM (Eastern Standard Time), please join Ground Control Parenting, Learning Heroes, GreatSchools and National PTA for a Twitter chat discussion on how parents can help children succeed in the upcoming school year.  We will be sharing ideas and resources, using the hashtag #ReadinessCheck. We at GCP are so excited to join […]

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