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Thoughtful Thursday: Joy Harjo, Our New U.S. Poet Laureate

Last month, Joy Harjo was named the U.S.’s 23rd Poet Laureate.  She is the first Native American to be appointed to this role.  She takes the position in September 2019, following U.S. Poet Laureate Tracey K. Smith, whose work has been featured often in Thoughtful Thursday posts. Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1951, and is a member [...]

Your College Admissions Questions Answered by Experts: Here’s How

GCP parents, do you have a son or daughter thinking about college?  Want to have your burning questions about the college admissions process answered by a top college dean of admissions?  Then here is some exciting news:  This Friday, July 26, I am joining Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions of the University of Pennsylvania, as a guest on his Sirius XM Radio Show "The Process", which [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: A Small Needful Fact

There will be just one poem for today's Thoughtful Thursday.  "A Small Needful Fact",  by Ross Gay, pays tribute to Eric Garner, whose life was ended in 2014 by a police officer's illegal and deadly chokehold during an attempt to arrest him.  The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.  A Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the [...]

Helping Our Kids Deal With Racial Insensitivity

The NYT article "When a Black Student Plays Along With the K.K.K. Joke, What's a College to Do?", written by Ronald Crutcher, the (African American) president of the University of Richmond, details the aftermath of his discovery of an 1980 photo of U. Richmond white students dressed as Ku Klux Klansmen surrounding a grinning African American student posing with [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Summertime Poetry

As we near mid July, today's Thoughtful Thursday celebrates Summer.  We do so with a variety of poems about summer from a variety of poets.  We start with a classic from Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), who "In Summer" waxes eloquently about a song for a summer's day.  Then we have a delightful ode to a "Firefly", a familiar summer [...]

It’s National Summer Learning Week! How Are You Celebrating?

National Summer Learning Week,  July 8 - 13,  is a celebration of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year.  Established over 25 years ago by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), the celebration this year will have a daily focus on a different theme: [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Commemorating the Fourth of July with Langston Hughes

It's Independence Day!  We celebrate this Thoughtful Thursday on our nation's birthday with two poems from one of our most beloved poets, Langston Hughes (1902-1967).  In "I Too",  Hughes imagines a future in which he will truly be seen as an American.  In "Let America Be America Again", he laments that the principals of freedom on which our nation was [...]

Summer Reading Starts NOW!!!

Summer's here and it's time to make sure your kids are set with their summer reading booklists, goals and plans.  Here are some tips and resources to help you get going: Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge:  Once again, children's book publisher Scholastic is offering a great summer reading program for children of all ages. After signing up on the [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Politics and Poetry

Politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose, former New York governor Mario Cuomo once said.  But we are didn't hear much poetry during this week's Democratic Presidential Candidate's debates.  So for today's Thoughtful Thursday we offer a few political poems.  We start with "America" from Claude McKay (1889-1948), a bittersweet ode to our nation. From Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) [...]

School Year-End Tips

    School's out or almost out for most of our children. Reports cards have been issued or are on their way.  Your children are undoubtably relieved and happy that another school year is done, and everyone's thoughts are turning to summer vacation. But before you close the chapter on the last school year, why not spend some time [...]