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When Reading Isn’t Reading

Most of the knowledge about reading is based on what is communicated in school. Teachers learn in college. Parents and students learn from teachers. Students grow up to become parents and teachers. Currently, the most prevalent method of teaching reading is called Balanced Literacy. Students are taught a little bit of phonics, a little bit of sight words, and a …

Beyond Black History Month

Black History Month grew out of annual celebrations of Black progress and excellence since the end of slavery in 1865. Dr. Carter G. Woodson observed the thousands of Black Americans that traveled to Illinois to rejoice over the multitude of accomplishments among the Black community. Dr. Woodson, along with four other Black community leaders, started the Association for the Study …

What is a 360 Citizen?

360 Citizens are everything you want your child to be and become. 360 Citizens are literate Youth and adults that can receive and communicate their wants and needs with a common language foundation. Literate citizens can read and choose to do so for enjoyment, to learn new information, and to understand. 360 Citizens are engaged Engaged citizens are critical thinkers …

Native American Heritage Month

FILE: Native American delegates from Washington state listen to the national anthem, sung in the traditional Tohono O’odham language, during the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Tuesday, July 27, 2004. As a Black American, I am fairly well educated on Black history, though I am always striving to increase my knowledge. It is only in recent years that I have …

Columbus Day 2019

The United States of America or Europe? If you attend public school or private school, you know who Christopher Columbus is. He is taught as one of the main explorers that brought awareness to Europe that there was an entirely “New World,” available to be colonized (aka conquered). We now know that the “New World” was already populated, yet that …

October Latinx Events

There are several events being held in Hampton Roads to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15. Pretlow Library in Norfolk Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Date: 10/08/2019 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM  Location: Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch111 W. Ocean View Ave.Norfolk, Virginia 23503 Learn about the culture, music, and food of Puerto Rico, Peru, Mejico, y Costa Rica.  Enjoy authentic cuisine …

Hispanic Heritage Month

Flag map of Latin America

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually in the U.S., from September 15th to October 15th. Although I’ve been aware of the observation for several years, I have not done anything in particular in past years. In Hampton Roads, during festival season, we have several Latinx/Hispanic celebrations and other community cultural events throughout the year. Another reason is that a lot …