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Thoughtful Thursday: Nikki Giovanni and Carla Hayden Love Libraries

Don’t you just love a good public library? Those of us born in the pre-internet world fondly remember wandering up and down the isles of the local public library, looking for the next great read or the critical info for that paper due too soon. Public libraries today have adapted to the new digital world […]

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Parents, Check Out These Great Back-to-School Resources!

GCP parents, it’s time to get focused on helping our sons and daughters get ready for their best school year yet. Here are some helpful resources: Readiness Check: You know what grades your kids got last year, but how much of the material do they confidently understand? Does a C in math for the semester […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Kevin Young

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday (actually, “Thoughtful The Day after Thursday” this week) shines the spotlight on the amazing Kevin Young, aka “One of the Hardest Working men in Poetbiz”. Young was born in 1970 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his BA from Harvard University in 1992 and his MFA in creative writing from Brown University in […]

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Insider Tips on the College Admissions Process

Yesterday GCP and Independent School Diversity Network (ISDN) hosted an “Insider’s View of the College Admissions Process” on Martha’s Vineyard, featuring key admissions representatives from Columbia, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania discussing the admissions process. Once a year GCP and ISDN fill a living room with kids of color and give them the opportunity […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Rita Dove on The Pleasures of Reading

The selection of today’s Thoughtful Thursday offering, “The First Book” by the celebrated poet Rita Dove, was inspired by yesterday’s post about LeBron James’ wonderful new IPromise public school in Akron Ohio. The school is designed to inspire middle school students who are performing below their grade levels. Helping them with reading skills will surely […]

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Summer School for Parents

GCP Parents, hope you and your families are having a great summer! Now is a good time to focus on making sure that your children start the school year right. Have you been combatting summer slide with your children? If not, there is still time. Wherever you are in this process, we’ve got tips to […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Terrance Hayes

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday features a wonderful poem by Terrance Hayes called “We Should Make a Documentary About Spades”. Hayes, a professor of creative writing and co-founder of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, is the author of eight collections of poetry, including American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets, 2018), […]

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Parents: Important Health Warnings You Should Know About

Have you heard about the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Ritz Bits recall? The new pediatric report on the dangers of chemicals from plastics? The following health related warnings released recently are of particular interest to parents: 1. Food Recalls: Parents, check your kitchen cabinets! Two snack food companies have had to recall some of their […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Summer Poems

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday celebrates summer, with the help of four wonderful Black poets. We begin with classic summer musings from Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906) and Claude McCay (1889-1948). Dunbar, one of the first African American poets to gain national recognition, wrote poems in both standard English and in what was called “Negro dialect”. While his […]

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Ready for Some GOOD NEWS? Here’s How Black Men are Succeeding in America

Ok GCP parents, time to turn away from the seemingly endless stream of national bad news coming at us and focus on some good news about African American men. A team of researchers from The University of Virginia, The Institute of Family Studies and Columbia University recently released a report, “Black Men Making It in […]

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