Welcome to Ground Control Parenting, a website for parents of children of color, with a particular focus on our boys.
We all know the statistics on the abysmal graduation rates for Black and Latino boys, but here at Ground Control Parenting we are especially concerned about the underachievement of the boys who may graduate from high school but are not realizing their academic potential. We want to share information and resources on what works to spark the love of learning for our boys, keep them engaged in school from nursery through high school and ensure that they do their best. We also want to support and inspire parents, as we all go about the challenging business of guiding our sons through school and life during these formative years.
GCP is written by Carol Sutton Lewis. I am an African American mom with three children ranging in age from 15 to 22. Personally and through my children I have experienced public schools (regular and selective) and single sex private schools. My mom was a retired public school teacher, and I benefited greatly from her focus (along with my dad’s) on my education. While I still have many more questions than answers about the parenting process, I have over fifteen years of experience focusing on educational and developmental issues affecting boys of color.
Here are a few more details about me:
Carol Sutton Lewis lives in New York City with her husband and three children: a daughter who is a college graduate, a son in college and another son in high school. Her daughter graduated from a specialized public school, and her sons have attended private school since kindergarten. Carol, a former practicing attorney, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Law School. She is a member of the board of trustees of several educational organizations, including a New York City private school, the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford Law School and Early Steps, an organization devoted to increasing the presence of students of color in New York City private schools.
Ground Control Parenting – Helping boys soar!