The Zero To Three Organization is the national, cutting edge source for information on early childhood development. Their video "A Window To The World: Promoting Early Language and Literacy Development" shows that investing efforts and resources in a child's language...

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Gory. That word best describes the extreme physical and emotional abuse Dave Pelzer suffered at the hands of his alcoholic, mentally ill mother. Referring to her child as "It" rather than using his personal name, betrayed her view and treatment of him as less than...

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Acceptance is only 24 pages long and small enough to fit into one's back pocket. From there it can be quickly pulled out - in any sudden time of need - for instant calm and inspiration. How do we know this? Many years ago a teacher in a correctional facility high...

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Remembering a Legend

In honor of the fourth and final week of African American History Month, February 2019, we are honoring Dr. Margaret Burroughs and posting a video of her reading her poem "My Philosophy".A legend - even in her own time - was Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs. She was...

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Hey Black Child

To celebrate the third week of African American History Month, February 2019, we are posting a video of "HistoryMaker" Useni Eugene Perkins reading his poem "Hey Black Child." The poem calls to Black children to learn all they can, to be all they can be and so...

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"Everyone should have a copy of this song." This statement was made by Queen Mother Reverend Helen Sinclair, Executive Director of Jessie "Ma" Houston Prison Outpost of Rainbow Push Coalition. Everyone, indeed, should have a copy of this song, not only those served by...

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Roots - both the book and the original mini-series, as well as the 1988 update (Roots: The Gift) and the History channel remake of 2016 - have been cited for their initial and enduring impact on American literature, conscience, and culture.Alex Haley grew up hearing...

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When a former drug addict and previously incarcerated man was asked what led to his transformation as the dedicated, altruistic community leader he had become, he shared that it began while reading the book Siddhartha when he was incarcerated!Written by German-born...

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The Diary of a Young Girl

Who has not heard of The Diary of Anne Frank? When Anne wrote it while hiding with her family in a cramped attic to escape Nazi capture, she thought that "later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl." And yet,...

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Often, at the base of personal, interpersonal, and societal violence, failure, and despair  - there, like a snake coiled in a dark corner of the basement - lurk emotions unrecognized and uncontrolled.This classic, groundbreaking book by Harvard professor Daniel...

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Flowers for Algernon

Many years ago, a correctional officer who cared deeply about his charges formed GED classes, organized other educational opportunities in partnership with the correctional library, and facilitated discussion groups to encourage the detainees to reflect on their...

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