Friday Block 3 (90 minutes)

1. “Lead Lady”: Realizing Effectiveness as a Female Leader in an All-Male School 
(Presented by Brandy Gratten)

Leading in today's schools is no easy task. Leaders often wrestle with effectively addressing the external challenges of leading a campus. Brandy Gratten's journey of being an award-winning teacher turned administrator in an urban, all-male campus will engage your mind and heart. Her session addresses the internal work of realizing one’s own effectiveness as a female leader in an all-male school. Regardless of where you are in your leadership journey, you will benefit from her practically “munchable” and scholarly “muscular” methods. You will leave this interactive session with practical tools and renewed empowerment to passionately, positively, and purposefully lead those you serve.

2. Creating, Imagining, and Innovating-Empowering African American Males for Success 
(Presented by Eric L. Brown)

In education, we often ask ourselves what can we do to tremendously effect change in the lives of Black males? The answer to this question is that we must institute a school wide process that empowers them to learn. The Orangeburg Leadership Academy is a school designed to help young males reach their full potential through seven researched based core values that infuse engaging activities and interactive experiences, all with rewarding outcomes in a culture of brotherhood and belonging.

3. Creating a Pathway to College & Career: Project MALES Summer Academy
(Presented by Jorge Segovia)

Project MALES, a mentoring program housed in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT-Austin, hosted their first Project MALES Summer Academy this past June. The three-day academy was open to the young men the mentoring program serves in four Austin ISD middle schools. The academy featured workshops focusing on helping attendants build leadership and communication skills, which connected to the program’s themes of brotherhood, leadership, and college and career readiness. The program's focus on middle school boys is part of a broader effort focused on improving the educational outcomes for young males of color in the Central Texas region.

4. Why Feelings Matter: Using Restorative Justice to Change the Game on Handling Student Conflicts
(Presented by Stefani Harvey)

To decrease the amount of time black males are spending outside of the classroom, we must identify strategies to resolve conflicts. Moving beyond the victim-offender paradigm, participants will explore restorative approaches which help students to understand the impact of their actions. This workshop will allow participants to critically consider the potential of restorative justice for creating safe, nurturing, and engaging educational settings and communities, which foster human and social capital. Through direct involvement of facilitating a circle, participants will learn the philosophy and rituals of caring, conflict, and restorative conferencing circles.

5. Dual Language: Pursuing Academic Achievement, Bilingualism, and Positive Cultural Identity 
(Presented by David Kauffman, Ed.D)

In a dual language program, students learn in both English and another language, often side-by-side with students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Come learn about the goals and strategies of dual language education, participate in some hands-on instructional activities, and hear about the positive impact of the program on Latino and African American boys. Then join a discussion about 1) language and its role in students’ cultural identities and 2) developing cross-cultural relationships.

6. Developing Your Leadership Language: Finding Your Story of Empowerment 
(Presented by Jared Lafitte)

Leadership is a skill you can learn, like any other skill. This workshop will show you how to shape your thinking and take on the behaviors that make a leader. You’ll learn lessons and stories of men who used the Principle of Leadership Language to become leaders at all stages of life.

7. Encouraging Boys and Young Men of Color to Fight for Freedom! 
(Presented by Vernon Lindsay, PhD)

This workshop invites participants to attend an interactive lecture/and discussion that will use the African Brazilian martial art of Capoeira to create critical consciousness and inspire healthy activity. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss race and learn the basic self-defense, dance, acrobatic, and musical components of Capoeira. It is modeled after 7 years of a critical pedagogical instructional approach informed by the literature of critical race theory in education.

8. Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA): Innovative Strategies for Achieving High School Excellence 
(Presented by Robert Simmons)

This workshop highlights CBMA’s commitment to high school excellence and explores how its innovative Rumble Young Man Rumble and BMA Health & Healing Strategies programs contribute to building an ethos of excellence in the lives of Black men and boys. Participants will discover how CBMA provides culturally sustaining and restorative leadership training, wellness strategies for healthier school environments, triumph over trauma programs, radical healing and stress management strategies for families, school personnel, and community leaders. 

9. Resilience Through Coping: A Journey of Hope 
(Presented by Philip Roundtree)

"Resilience through Coping: A Journey of Hope" is a presentation on mental health developed and driven by Roundtree’s professional and personal experiences. His transparency, as it relates to his personal journey in coping with depression and anxiety, gives a face, voice, and hope to those who’ve yet to recognize their emotional and cognitive strength. Goals of the presentation include the attendees recognizing that success includes mental health. In addition, attendees will gain awareness of the challenges boys/men of color who experience mental health issues face, the factors that impact their mental health, and how to utilize formal and informal resources for support.

10. Bringing Youth of Color into the Creative Class 
(Presented by Carl Settles)

Creative youth of color are often ignored in our schools and yet the creative class is the potent driver of our economy. This lack of engagement causes too many of our young men and boys to feel disenfranchised making them more likely to under achieve or even drop out of school. In this workshop, we’ll provide tangible examples of how to engage these students through a combination of curriculum, professional development for classroom educators, and community partnerships.

11. Lessons from Watts: Rewriting the Narrative Surrounding Men of Color and Postgraduate Success 
(Presented by Dr. Martinique Starnes)

A necessary conversation in academia is emerging surrounding the postsecondary success of young men of color. Discover tools to be utilized by educators at the secondary and postsecondary levels to assist young men of color to navigate barriers to college access and success. Work together to consider these obstacles and develop strategies to ensure this population matriculates through and graduates from institutions of higher education.

12. Building a Community to be Proud of: Schools, Residents, Churches, Non-Profits, & Alumni 
(Presented by Ricardo Zavala) 

To ensure increases in positive outcomes for our young men, we must come together as a holistic community to support their potential. Participate in a workshop designed after one inner city community’s successful organization model as we share lessons learned about fostering a community of support from non-profits, churches, PTAs, civic organizations, teachers, and residents to support our students’ education. Learn how to bring together these groups together with alumni and elected officials to raise funds to support academic needs and encourage parents to influence decision-makers on policy and government matters.

13. Adult SEL & Family/Teacher Communication: Exploring and Planning to Interrupt Implicit Bias 
(Presented by Sarah Stone)

In order for boys and young men of color to become innovators, creators, and game-changers every adult in their lives must be armed with knowledge to nurture and affirm their identities while also supporting their social, emotional well-being. In schools the white dominant norm of communication erects a barrier to respectful, supportive home/school communication. This workshop embeds critical self-refection, delivered through structured interaction, and will center on the SEL Core Competencies. Participants will examine the role of implicit bias in a narrative account of teacher to parent communication that failed to acknowledge the wholeness of the child and their family.

14. Book Clubs: Engaging Young Men of Color by Exploring Literature Through Culturally Relevant Books
(Presented by Patrick M. Johnson) 

The Tacoma Public Schools has engaged a variety of strategies in order to address the needs of our young men of color. Many of these have contributed to the success the district is experiencing in moving the needle towards eliminating the opportunity gap and decreasing failure rates with an increase in the graduation rate to 85%. For the past five years several of our elementary, middle and high schools have sponsored book clubs specifically designed to address the need of having young men of color see themselves in literature in a positive manner. Literature can assist young men of color understand their complex past, have pride in their current lives, and prepare them for their bright future. Participants of this session will be actively engaged in learning how to use high interest literature to engage young men of color in reading; learn how to provide leadership positions for young men of color through the book club framework; create safe environments to interact with each other in positive productive ways; form positive relationships between staff, parents, community, and students; provide opportunities for young men of color to see themselves in literature; and prepare students to become book club facilitators also leading to the enjoyment of reading. The session will end with an actual demonstration of a book club session with students as facilitators.

15. Learning Math Doesn’t Have to be Painfully Boring!
(Presented by Ayodele Harrison)

At the end of the 2015/2016 school year, one of my students approached me and said, "thank you for not being a sucky math teacher." In this workshop, I will share 5 questions (and corresponding types of math problems) I use to make learning math a less boring experience (to foster greater curiosity, engagement, and a desire to express critical thinking in all learners). Attendees will leave with tools to equip their math educators to provide greater access to basic and challenging math concepts, build healthy classroom relationships, and position all learns to take greater ownership in their learning. No prior math experience necessary!