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Thoughtful Thursday: Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Poem

Even if you missed yesterday's inauguration, odds are you've already heard about Amanda Gorman, the 22 year old poet who was a star at the inaugural ceremony.  The amazing Ms. Gorman read her poem "The Hill We Climb" as the world watched in awe.  Her words, her imagery, her poise, her eloquence, and the joy in her delivery captivated [...]

How Do We Talk With Our Children About George Floyd ?

Here we find ourselves returning yet again to the question of how we should talk with our children, especially our sons, about another horrifying murder of a black man at the hands of a police officer.  What should we say to them about the death of George Floyd, and about the protests that have followed? Children of All Ages: [...]

Are Your Children Joining Protests? Here’s What Parents Need to Know

More power to your child who wants to join a peaceful demonstration. Just make sure that she knows some basic rules:   Your child has the right to peacefully protest. She can say whatever she wants during the protest as long as it is not a threat. She should be prepared to be arrested at the protest, for a [...]

How to Celebrate Class of 2020 Grads

Do you have a child graduating this Spring?  Wondering how to celebrate this wonderful achievement in today's locked down, socially distanced world?  Here are some suggestions:  Honor the graduation traditions:  get a cap and gown, send out announcements  (if the school provides or you want to create your own).  Your child may think it silly to get a cap [...]

College in the Time of Covid-19: What We Learned, pt. 2

Last week GCP co-hosted a webinar on the current state of college admissions featuring a top-notch expert panel.  If you missed part 1 of the highlights you can find them here.  We continue with part 2 of the highlights of this informative session.   Grading: College admissions officers understand that high schools have handled Spring semester grading in a [...]

College in the Time of Covid-19: What We Learned

Thanks to all who attended the GCP/Hunter College Continuing Education webinar College Admissions in the Time of Covid-19, which was held on May 6th.  A great many parents registered and turned out for this webinar to hear the latest on college admissions news from our panel of experts: David Coleman, CEO of the College Board Eric J. Furda,  Dean [...]

Join GCP Tomorrow for College Admissions in the Time of Covid-19

Our second free webinar, College in the Time of COVID-19, is almost here!  Tomorrow, May 6th, at 1pm EDT  I'll be talking about the impact of COVID-19 on the college admissions process with these experts: David Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, The College Board Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania Jessica Marinaccio, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial [...]

Just Launched: Free AP Review Classes from the College Board

Do you have a high schooler who had planned to take AP exams this spring? Here's two bits of good news: 1)The College Board is developing a new at-home testing option for students; and 2) The College Board has just launched a full schedule of FREE AP review classes on their AP YouTube channel. You can find more from [...]

Inspirational Black History: Celebrating Some of Our Earliest College Grads

Alexander Twilight, Middlebury College, Class of 1823   Today, in honor of the last few days of Black History Month, we celebrate the earliest Black graduates from U.S. white colleges. Imagine, almost 200 years ago, young Alexander Twilight was poised to graduate from Middlebury College in 1823, making him the first Black college graduate from a White institution.  To [...]

Your Baby’s Starting College! How to Help You Both With the Transition

For those of you who have children heading to their freshman year in college, this is an exciting time.  Your son or daughter is probably nervous, enthusiastic, optimistic, and  filled with anticipation as they begin the school year, and no doubt so are you.   Here are a few tips to help you with the transition: Ask Your Child to [...]