Thursday Block 1B (90 minutes)

1. Urban Prep’s 4Rs: Creating a Culture of High Achievement
(Presented by Dr. Lionel Allen)

Schools and school districts often struggle with creating the conditions for African American males to succeed.  Since opening its first campus in 2006, Urban Prep has realized tremendous success in empowering African American males to reach their full potential.  With graduation and attendance rates that exceed national averages and a 100% college acceptance rate, Urban Prep is changing the narrative.  Participants will learn how the 4Rs of Urban Prep’s school culture, Respect, Responsibility, Ritual, and Relationships, help sustain physically and intellectually safe spaces that promote African American male achievement.

2. The XY-Zone - A Leadership Development and Peer Support Program
(Presented by Robert Bachicha)

Before we can help young men become successful in school, we as professionals have to learn how to keep them engaged in their own learning process. Participate in a workshop that is both interactive and thought provoking from a facilitator and young man’s perspective. Our presentation will share 16 years of successfully working with young men of color, describe the components of the project (case management services, service learning, educational field trips, mentoring, support groups, men’s health, and teen leadership), and feature a teen-male panel discussion.

3. Creating Career Pathways to Success
(Presented by Sabrina Dawson)

Often times, the only standard to measure the success of our young men of color graduating from high school is how many are attending and graduating from college. But what about those youth who do not go to college? Join two former Baltimore City teachers to participate in a workshop designed to help you create a Career Pathways program that supports alternative routes to sustainable employment.

4. Opportunity Gap Game-changer: My Brother’s Keeper Model & Implementation
(Presented by Linda Cavazos and Karen Novak)

From New York City to Seattle and 28 cities in between, educators and communities are tackling chronic absenteeism through the nation’s pioneering evidence-based, data-driven mentor model, My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentor Initiative. Hear from trail blazing Austin ISD campus leaders on how they implemented three different Success Mentor Models—internal, external, and peer—across nine schools and what the outcomes have been to date.

5. Raising Stars, Inside and Out
(Presented by Ray Jr. and Cynthia Jackson)

Across the years there is the ever present achievement gap, with boys of colors finishing last. Participating in this workshop will guide the examination of how and where, academically underachieving boys perform best and connect those general pedagogical principles to the classroom in order to positively inform instructional practices.

6. Elevating a School Community Through Understanding the Youth We Service
(Presented by Dr. Max Jean–Paul)

What is a transfer school? How do you work with an at-risk population? Goal setting with our students is a continuous process. Over-aged and under-credited youth often feel disempowered by their previous educational experiences. Our students are diverse socio-economically and academically. A common thread they share is that they have not succeeded in a traditional high school setting and are determined to give high school a second chance. Our students are socially resilient but lack academic skills. For their social and emotional development, advisories and teachers emphasize the skills of self and social awareness as well as self–management.

7. Diagnosing Discipline, Attendance and Mobility Challenges that Undermine Educational Access
(Presented by Steven LaFemina)

Punitive discipline, chronic absenteeism, and issues related to high student mobility disproportionately impact boys and young men of color, withholding access to their education and contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline. These three issues are often intertwined in the student experience. At TNTP, we leverage our experience in education research to outline strategies for quantitative data collection, including discipline incidents or chronic absences, and qualitative data collection such as school visits and interviews with key stakeholders. Participate in a workshop where we will practice different approaches for collecting information to diagnose these critical issues and identify the most appropriate interventions.

8. Practicing Philosophy: Using RJ Systems to Change the Academic Game for Young Men of Color
(Presented by Chad Burnett)

Restorative Justice (RJ) and its associated practices have been resonating with school leaders for some time. Participants in this workshop will be provided with concrete examples of RJ systems within the realm of a secondary school that are practical, replicable, accessible, and promote academic success. Participants will explore best practices when it comes to Tier 2 behavior interventions that reduce and eliminate the time spent out of the classroom.

9. Black and Latino Education Matters: Is STEM our Answer to the War on Poverty? 
(Presented by Dr. Adrian B. Mims)

There is no STEM or STEAM without the “M” that represents mathematics. All post-secondary two and four-year institutions require applicants to master advanced mathematics at varying levels. The higher the educational level, the larger the role mathematics will play in one obtaining a degree in STEM. Participants in this workshop will learn how to eliminate barriers inherent in most schools that have prohibited Black and Latino adolescents from mastering the “M” in STEM and STEAM such as tracking. They will also learn how to inspire, empower, and motivate students to own their learning.

10. My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors – Sustaining The Work Of Mentorship
(Presented by Richard Mitchell)

We will facilitate a two-way dialogue on the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.” In our discussion we will cover implementation strategies, outcomes to date, and explore ways to sustain programming during economic shifts. In addition, participants will discuss and create a “Plan of Action” to address areas of attendance, academics, and the social emotional aspect of the students. The “Plan of Action” will include collaborative efforts to engage the school and neighboring communities to support the students overall growth.

11. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) as a Tool to Engage African American Males 
(Presented by Richard Reynolds)

The objective of this presentation is to begin the discussion of how to create authentic educational opportunities for African American students. In addition, this presentation has been developed to begin a dialogue around new school design that address the needs of African American male students, specifically problem-based learning. Participants will take part in an actual PBL to better understand how this instructional strategy can aid teachers in increasing the achievement of African American students. We are in hopes that our efforts will spark the duplication of similar practices.

12. From Silos to the Integrated Child Study Team: Addressing Disproportionality through a System that Integrates Academics, Behavior, and Attendance 
(Presented by Jane Ross)

Austin ISD implements the Child Study System to address the needs of all students through an integrated, not isolated, lens. Each campus’ Child Study Team spearheads a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model to improve academics, behavior, speech/language, mental health, dropout-prevention, truancy, attendance, and graduation. Interventions are progress monitored in eCST, our advanced case management tool, and campus support is provided through a Menu of Services. Participants will experience an overview of the Child Study Team System, sample menu of services, and an 8-step process for supporting students. We emphasize a systematic, data-based approach rather than “random acts of improvement.”

13. Collaboration in Schools: The Good, Bad and the Ugly 
(Presented by Karla Salas)

Looking beyond the academics. Students primarily, young men of color, face daily obstacles just to get to school. This presentation will focus on the ins and outs of collaborating with various social service agencies providing wrap around services to students and families on a High School campus. This presentation will consist of tips and strategies on how to align services already offered on your campuses in order to provide purposeful and intentional services tailored to the campus' needs.

14. ExceptionAL: Black Men Leading, Living, and Loving 
(Presented by Judy Touzin)

The killing of Black men at the hands of law enforcement officials in recent years and the repeated lack of justice for many both suggest a continued devaluing of the powerful role that Black men play in their communities. "ExceptionAL: Black Men Leading, Living, and Loving" challenges the current narrative by presenting the positive images and narratives of 32 Black men. Participants will walk away with concrete ideas on how to use texts to promote dialogue and change within their school communities and beyond.

15.Expansion of Equitable Pilot Programming in Middle Schools for Improved Educational Outcomes for Males of Color
(Presented by Dr. Paul Walker)

This session will focus on creating and maintaining a culture of equity for all students in educational environments. Practical approaches for reducing suspension rates and increasing students' instructional time in class will be reviewed. This session will focus on strategies, teachers and school leaders can utilize to increase engagement and achievement amongst students of color. Opportunities and space will be provided for participants to share professional struggle, experiences, and perspectives in a collaborative manner. Specifically, participants will think through barriers which hinder minority student achievement, review ideas for incorporating restorative practices, develop action plans for refining problems of practice in their classes, and discuss opportunities for engaging in the work of the creation of school-based equity teams.

Host Partners: 2017 Annual Gathering of Leaders

AISDThe University of Texas at AustinHuston-Tillotson UniversityCity of Austin