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GCP Sidebar: Homework Helpers

At GCP we are always on the lookout for resources that can help parents boost our sons’ (and daughters’) achievement.   Below are some sites that may be helpful: Khan Academy (  This site, created by Sal Kahn, has over 2100 videos which feature mini lessons and  self-paced exercises covering math (from basic arithmetic to […]

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The ABC’s of Tutoring

When should you hire a tutor and what type of tutor is best for your child?  GCP sat down with several established tutors who work with students in Maplewood, New Jersey and New York City to get some expert advice on what to look for, what to expect and how best to work with tutors. […]

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Dr. Ronald Ferguson: What Parents Can Do

Are Black and Hispanic college educated parents doing all that they should to help their children learn?  Ask Dr. Ronald Ferguson, Harvard professor and director of Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative, and he will point to Table A8 in his book Towards Excellence With Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap (Harvard Education Press, […]

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GCP Sidebar: Parent Groups

Patricia H. Shimm, author of “Parenting Your Toddler: The Expert’s Guide to the Tough and Tender Years”, has run the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development for over 20 years and  knows the benefits of parent groups.  Shimm established parent groups as part of the Toddler Center program since its inception, and has run scores […]

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Dr. Tammy Mann: Raising Expectations

Dr. Tammy Mann, Executive Director of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute at the United Negro College Fund, leads the Institute’s efforts to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for African American children from preschool through college.  While many of the Institute’s programs are gender neutral, she is acutely aware of the need to focus on […]

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Educational Reform: Where Are We?

A few nights ago, I watched Malcolm Gladwell interview Wendy Kopp, Founder and CEO of Teach For America.  I sat with about 450 young, mostly white people, and listened to Kopp talk about TFA’s mission to end educational inequity along economic lines, and its successes in poor communities in New Orleans, Newark, Philadelphia, and elsewhere […]

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Your Son Will Not Be The Next LeBron James

I’m sure that most of our readers dutifully read to their sons from infancy through toddlerhood.  I am equally sure, though, that as soon as their little princes turn five, many of those same readers thrust a basketball, football or bat into their hands.  Many of our sons’ early school years are marked by the […]

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What Parents Can Do: Wendy Van Amson

Wendy Van Amson is the co-founder of the Independent Schools Diversity Network (“ISDN”), an alliance of parents and educators dedicated to facilitating diversity efforts within the New York City independent school community.  Wendy and her co-founder Esther Hatch formed ISDN in 2003.  Wendy and her husband have three children: a daughter who is a college […]

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Call to Action

Despite what you may have read in recent parenting articles, “Tiger Moms” are not the only ones who are focused on ensuring that their kids excel. As a Black mother with a daughter and two sons, I too have great expectations that my children will work hard and do well in school, and carry on […]

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