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Pamela Thompson
There are some fundamentals of education that most people have come to expect to be present in curricula across the world. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are known as the baseline to a “good” education so much so that parents and some educators offer such a careful, scrutinizing eye to these aspects of a child’s academic...
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Photo by Skylar KangWe know, we know. Summer has just arrived, and we’re already talking about the next school year! Ok, but hear us out. We understand and fully believe that children need a break from the regular rhythm that the academic year requires. Still, there are some simple things you can be mindful of...
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One way to encourage more reading among the young people in your sphere is for them to see *you* prioritize reading. Yes, even if you have a child who has declared themselves a sworn enemy to reading, when they see that this is a value consistently held and and cherished in your life, they will...
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Caregivers of children are familiar with the “summer slide.” It’s a loss of academic skills that occurs during the summer months when school is not in session and no regular, consistent learning is happening for students. What most parents may not know is that this slide is due largely to a lack of reading. The...
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Summer break is fast approaching, and many moms, dads and caregivers find themselves searching for things to occupy the young, brilliant minds of their children. It is a question I am familiar with as the mother of four  inspiring and delightful girls. I am also an educator and serve as the Chief Learning Officer at...
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“What I can offer every Black woman is empathy. Just because I don’t f*ck with you, just because you can’t come to my party and I’m not trying to go to your party, and I’m not buying your books, and I’m not liking your Instagram pictures— just because that is the case does not mean...
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Dear Diary, I’ve learned that just because it’s not easy, doesn’t mean it’s not good. I’ve learned to let go of the people who are more comfortable with me playing small than being my true self. I’ve learned to take my time. I’ve been reminded that I can do hard things. I’ve discovered that I...
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