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Thoughtful Thursday: Great Poems from Great Poets

As we continue the celebration of poetry during Black History month, for today's Thoughtful Thursday we offer selections from four of our great poets. First we have "Frederick Douglass" by the renowned Robert Hayden (1913-1980), the first African American poet to hold the position of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, which later came to be known [...]

It’s Black History Month: Share Your History With Your Children

It is Black History Month! We all know what this means: Lots of tributes to  Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and a host of other Black civil rights leaders, entertainers and athletes will be floating around our children at school this month. While we at GCP believe our sons and daughters and their classmates should know about these [...]

Universal Access to High Quality Early Childcare is Key. Why Isn’t It A Priority?

Children's brains grow explosively during the first three years of their lives.  Neural connections are made during these years which, if properly nurtured, build a solid base for future success in school, relationships and life.  Alternatively, if a child experiences severe stress and trauma during this period, this can lead to emotional and social issues, and delay development. This [...]

Coping with The Kobe News: Parents, Here’s Help

This is a really tough one.  The tragic deaths of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter Gianna, and seven others, including two of Gianna's basketball teammates, their moms and one of their dads, has us all reeling.  This hits us as basketball fans, as parents, as human beings.  Hard to wrap our heads around it. And [...]

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting – Back in April 2020!

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting is coming to back to Hunter College in April 2020!!  If you live in or around NYC, you can join us again this year to discover answers to some of the important parenting questions I've been focusing on for years in this blog.  I'll be offering resources, tips and advice on key academic issues [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: HBD, Dr. MLK!!

Happy Belated Birthday to Dr. King! While we as a nation will officially celebrate on Monday, we should not forget (or let our children forget) that January 15th was his actual birthday. Today's Thoughtful Thursday will break from our normal poetry/inspirational quotes offering to ask: How are you planning to commemorate Dr. King's holiday?  Here are an assortment of [...]

Is Your Son a Reluctant Reader? This Can Help!

Is your son in grades K-5 a reluctant reader?  David Banks, leader of the Eagle Academy network of all-boy public schools, wants to help him learn to love reading.   Frustrated by the dismal national reading stats for African American and Hispanic boys (only 28%  African American and 34% Hispanic fourth grade boys are reading at or above proficiency level, [...]

GCP Chats with RIISE about Social Media and more!

Happy New Year!  The GCP vision for 2020 will be posted shortly, but before we turn to the future I want to focus on a late 2019 special event. Just as the holidays got underway, I had the pleasure of joining RIISE (Resources in Independent School Education) founder Gina Parker Collins for "Lunch with Gina", where we talked about [...]

Rising Rates of Black Teen Suicides: What Can Parents Do?

For years many of us have heard (and said) that Black people don't commit suicide.  But the data on this reveal an alarmingly different truth, especially about our young people.  Over the last 10 years, the suicide rate for Black teens 15-17 has increased drastically, from an overall rate of 3.9 suicides per 100,000 per year in 2007 to [...]