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A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

-Frederick Douglass

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Disney Dreamers Academy
How Disney Dreamers Academy Can Change Your Child’s Life

Every year, 100 high school students from across the country are selected to participate in…

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Half of All Black Student Borrowers Default on Their Student Loans

Nearly half (49%) of all black student borrowers default on their student loans 12 years…

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Social Skills Curriculum May Prepare Tots for Job Success

We were talking about the ability to thrive in the workplace and the challenges that…

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All Parents of Children of Color Should Know About Oliver Scholars

Thinking about college has to start early. Allyn says that to be on track for…

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Back to School: Helping Kids Dream Big

As my family and I get ready for the beginning of the new school year,…

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The Freshman Year You Don’t Have to Pay For

I came across what sounds like a genuinely exciting and unique opportunity: the chance to…

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Has Your Child Been Expelled from Preschool?

It might have been. I’ve previously written that, regrettably, studies from Yale show that racism…

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Get Your Kids Ready for Preschool Starting At Age Zero

There's lots to do to get your kids ready for preschool. It’s best if the…

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Financially CLEAN Disrupts Financial Ignorance

The Brooklyn-based organization’s mission is to help young people develop financial discipline and awareness so…

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segregation
5 Tips From East Asian Education That Will Help Your Child Excel in School

For decades, East Asian students have excelled in the international rankings. Here are two ways…

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Educare
Educare Lays the Foundation for Children’s Learning

“The Ounce focuses exclusively on children in poverty,” Rauner told me. “We home in on…

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The Charter School Debate Continues in Wake of American Federation of Teachers President Controversy

I wrote a short piece in the January/February issue of Black Enterprise, the deck of…

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Here’s How the Every Student Succeeds Act Could Help Gifted, Black Students

Gifted, honors, AP, and International Baccalaureate programs may become more diverse nationwide if requirements of…

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Lawyer Turns Back on Lucrative Career to Teach Low-Income Kids of Color

Here’s a really heartwarming story about a successful lawyer who gave up the high-salaried life…

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preschool
Harvard to Do (Yet Another) Preschool Study

Although the Harvard study is described as “groundbreaking” and as having potential to affect national…

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500 Young Men Get Jobs On the Spot

Last week, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance hosted its Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men…

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The Fellowship Initiative Puts Young Men of Color on the Road to Success

The Fellowship Initiative, a program of JPMorgan Chase & Co. that creates economic opportunity for…

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education options
Improving Education Options for Children of Color

“They need to be taught school behaviors, new norms—and tell them why. I look for…

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high school
Succeeding Against the Odds—Graduating from High School in the Nation’s Capital

“We need as many voices as possible. Principals, nonprofits, students, parents, and the community all…

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Move Over, Bedtime Story – Make Room for Bedtime Math

Summer is traditionally a time of summer reading lists—but have you ever heard of a…

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