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April 5, 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Jill RosenOffice: 443-997-9906Cell: 443-547-8805jrosen@jhu.edu Greg Stanley/Johns Hopkins University Low-income black students who have at least one black teacher in elementary school are significantly more likely to graduate high school and consider attending college, concludes a new study co-authored by a Johns Hopkins University economist. Having at least one black teacher in third through fifth grades reduced a black student’s probability of dropping out of school by 29 percent, the study found. For very low-income black boys, the results are even greater – their chance of dropping out fell 39 percent. Previous research has shown there...

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African American Preschooler ReadingEarly narrative skills are tied to kindergarten literacy among young African American children, according to new research from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). The study is the first to demonstrate the connection between African American preschoolers’ storytelling abilities and the development of their early reading skills.
“We found that preschool oral narrative skills were a significant predictor of emergent literacy for poor and non-poor African American kindergartners,” Gardner-Neblett said. “But only for the African American children.”

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When it comes to your children, the books in your house matter more than your education or income

African American Parent Reading to ChildA study recently published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility found that just having books around the house (the more, the better) is correlated with how many years of schooling a child will complete.  Moreover, another study, to be published later this year in the journal Reading Psychology, found that simply giving low-income children 12 books (of their own choosing) on the first day of summer vacation “may be as effective as summer school” in preventing “summer slide” — the degree to which lower-income students slip behind their more affluent peers academically every year.

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African American parents are increasingly taking their kids' education into their own hands—and in many cases, it's to protect them from institutional racism and stereotyping....while white homeschooling families traditional cite religious or moral disagreements with public schools in their decision to pull them out of traditional classroom settings, studies indicate black families are more likely to cite the culture of low expectations for African American students or dissatisfaction with how their children—especially boys—are treated in schools.

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June 2015, University City, MO – EyeSeeMe, a local children’s book store, which offers educational products that promote positive African American images, will open its doors with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11am.

EyeSeeMe specializes in African-American children’s books, African-American dolls, high-end educational toys, family games, and an assortment of other selections that give parents and teachers tools that foster positive self-esteem in their children while promoting academic excellence.

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