How Parents Hope to Teach Their Child to Be ‘Smart’

The role of parents has always been an influential yet often daunting challenge. In today’s era of digital access, real time, the job has gotten harder AND more important than ever. Some say children are growing up too fast, and they are correct. On the other hand, children grow up as fast as the times […]

On Eliminating The ‘Word Gap’

  It is a known fact that children from disadvantaged families and homes have access to larger, stronger and more complex vocabularies upon entry into kindergarten. As opposed to more economically secure families and backgrounds, lower income infants hear much fewer words per day by the age of three. This is called, “the word gap”. […]

Transforming Teaching History in School: Why Every Child Needs a Hero

  Every child needs at least one hero. There is no straight and fast definition, or specific embodiment of what constitutes a hero, but, what we do know is that fictional characters, uni-dimensional figures, who appear in books, or  other media often will not suffice. There are so many real-life heros, and ‘accidental’ mentors from […]

This is Where You Can Launch “Book-Rich” Environments

Launching Book-Rich Environments The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR), the National Book Foundation (NBF), the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are joining forces to transform the nation’s public housing authorities (PHAs) into book-rich environments. The Book Rich Environments (BRE) Initiative […]