Parenting

WELL-EDUCATED BLACK PARENTS EQUAL BRIGHTER FUTURES

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July 8, 2014
WELL-EDUCATED BLACK PARENTS EQUAL BRIGHTER FUTURES

by MICHAEL HOLZMAN June 30, 2014 The U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress periodically measures literacy skills at grades four, eight, and 12. The results are reported at four levels: At Basic and below Basic; at Proficient and at Advanced for each grade level. As reading is the basis for all...
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Parenting Program Aimed at Latinos Helps Boost Literacy Behaviors

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June 12, 2014
Parenting Program Aimed at Latinos Helps Boost Literacy Behaviors

  By Christina Samuels June 11, 2014   Latino parents of young children who attended a 10-session education program called Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors end up sticking with behaviors that are linked to child academic success, a new study finds. Those outcomes include parents reading to their children at home, taking them to the library, and...
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Parental Incarceration Has Worsened Disparities Between Black, White Children

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April 22, 2014
Parental Incarceration Has Worsened Disparities Between Black, White Children

  By Holly Yettick April 18, 2014 A pair of sociologists has taken a ruler to the role that parental incarceration plays in childhood inequality, only to learn that a measuring wheel might have been a more appropriate tool. By the time they reached age 14, a quarter of black babies born in 1990 had...
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Mom Jailed for Enrolling Kids in School Tells Her Story in New Book, Film

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April 12, 2014
Mom Jailed for Enrolling Kids in School Tells Her Story in New Book, Film

An update on Ohio mom Kelley Williams-Bolar, who was jailed in 2011 for enrolling kids in predominately white school district Kelley Williams-Bolar and her daughters By KHADIJAH Z. ALI-COLEMAN March 2014 With Hollywood knocking on her door, Kelley Williams-Bolar will be marking 2014 as the year that her story is finally told in summation. In...
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The Chicago Reporter Talks: Revamping education in the community, not the classroom

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March 24, 2014
The Chicago Reporter Talks: Revamping education in the community, not the classroom

Phillip Jackson, executive director of the Black Star Project, believes that parents, peers and the community-at-large need to support the education of children in order to improve the quality of life in black and Latino communities. “I want to take education to the streets,” he said.   By CHARLOTTE LAIT...
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Five Things Black Parents Need To Stop Teaching Their Children

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February 7, 2014
Five Things Black Parents Need To Stop Teaching Their Children

By Eulla Monte Most parents want the best for their children and for the most part, they do their best to make sure that their children are well taken care of. Unfortunately, even with the best of intentions, parents still make mistakes that are detrimental to their children. Parents are their children’ first teachers...
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It’s time to stamp out spanking as a solution

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January 15, 2014
It’s time to stamp out spanking as a solution

(Photo Provided by The Black Star Project) BY HEIDI STEVENS January 13, 2014 I once spent a snowy Saturday at a 5-year-old’s birthday party in one of those indoor play spaces that resembles an asylum. Toward the end, one of the guests melted down: tears, screaming, stomping. I know the little boy’s mom, and...
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Some Englewood (Chicago) Parents Succeeding, Despite Atmosphere Of Violence

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November 17, 2013
Some Englewood (Chicago) Parents Succeeding, Despite Atmosphere Of Violence

 By Dorothy Tucker July 26, 20113 (CBS) — This is Englewood, where Trevor McGraw is trying to raise his two sons: 9-year-old Latrelle and 10-year-old Lerone. He watches them when they play, takes them to the park, walks them to school and prepares them for the times he may not be around. “I got to...
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What our schools can’t do — but parents can

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November 5, 2013
What our schools can’t do — but parents can

  Are We Asking Schools to Do What No School CanDo?   By Phillip JacksonNovember 5, 2013   Commentary Chicago schools by themselves can never close the academic gap between poor black and Latino students and their more affluent white and Asian counterparts. Schools cannot eliminate the racial academic achievement gap because schools did not create...
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Rethinking Parent Engagement

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November 1, 2013
Rethinking Parent Engagement

  By Stu Silberman  October 30, 2013   Greg Mullenholz is an Assistant Principal in Rockville, MD, a 2013 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow and a 2011 US Department of Education Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow.   It’s that time of the school year, where droves of parents descend upon their children’s schools for...
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