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Thoughtful Thursday: 3 Black Women Poets to Know and Love

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday pays tribute to three African American women poets: Jessie Redmon Fausetz, Audre Lorde, and Natasha Trethewey. Jessie Redmon Fausetz (1882-1961) played an important part in the Harlem Renaissance as the literary editor of The Crisis, a magazine founded by W.E.B.Dubois. A graduate of Cornell University in 1905, she was a teacher before […]

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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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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Fall

With the wind kicking up here in New York City today, it finally is beginning to feel like fall. It is only fitting then that today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers up some poems to celebrate the season. In “Merry Autumn” the great African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar notes how the festive fall colors brighten up […]

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Easing the Stress of High School Applications

Feeling overwhelmed by the high school application process for your son or daughter? You are certainly not alone. Here are a few tips to keep you and your child sane during the process: 1. Understand and Respect That the Process Takes a LOT of Work and a LOT of Time. And you will be responsible […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Survival

In the wake of the tragic Las Vegas Shooting, for today’s Thoughtful Thursday we offer inspirational poems of survival. We begin with “little prayer” by Danez Smith, a call for healing. We move on to classic celebrations of survival, “Life is Fine” by Langston Hughes and “And Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou. We end […]

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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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Thoughtful Thursday: Poems of Protest and Resistance

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday brings poetry of the resistance. Generations of African American poets have given us clarity, purpose and direction in times of political crisis. Here are poems from three of our great poets: Claude McKay (1889-1948), Langston Hughes (1902-1967), and Nikki Giovanni (1943-). We need this poetry now more than ever. Share with your […]

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Are You Raising An Independent Thinker?

We are raising the next generation of thinkers and problem solvers in this increasingly polarized world. How do they become independent thinkers? Are we making sure that they have the tools to think their way through problems of the future? What are those tools and how do we help our children develop them? Let’s hope […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: A Brooks/Dungy Duet

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday presents a cool poetry combo: “We Real Cool”, a classic from Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), our first national Black Poet Laureate, and a poem inspired by this classic, “Because it looked hotter that way” by Camille T.Dungy (1972-), an award winning poet who teaches at San Francisco State University. Dungy’s poem is an […]

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Encouraging Sibling Chill: 5 Ways to Promote the Peace

Worried about how your kids are getting (or not getting) along? Sibling squabbling and rivalry are to be expected in the normal course of things, but you do want them to establish a bond that stays strong when they are no longer obligated to live together under one roof. I thought a lot about this […]

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