Imagine for a minute that every high school graduating class from this point forward has all young men of color exceptionally prepared to carry and shape society’s mantle. These graduates would exemplify what it means to be literate in the 21st century, taking their rightful place in local, national, and global communities. We would then say, "There goes our Young, Gifted and Literate.” Read more...
The 7th annual Gathering of Leaders showcased schools and the exemplary literacy practices that they employ as they prepare boys and young men of color for their place in society and the 21st century global community.
"The 7th Gathering of Leaders will feature COSEBOC Award Schools that are proof that there are educational environments that work extremely well for boys and young men of color. These are schools that are unrepentant in their belief that these students can succeed and soar to great achievement levels. Each is led by a Principal who is determined in their mission to build great schools. They know that great schools are not an accident."
Click here to see the full agenda.
Click here to review the workshops that were presented.
Click here to learn about the Student Empowerment Gathering
Read Ron Walker's welcome letter
Click here to download the one page flyer [PDF].
Dr. Danny B. Martin and Dr. Alfred W. Tatum, both of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago, addressed the Gathering's theme - Young, Gifted and Literate: Boys and Young Men of Color Prepared for the Future. They addressed critical literacies for boys and young men of color by drawing on various perspectives, crafting a solution-focused agenda. They also addressed how competency in reading and mathematics shapes one's identity. Drawing from sociohistorical and sociopolitical perspectives, they demonstrated that we expand the notion of the Common Core State Standards if we are serious about tapping into the brilliance of Black and Latino/a children in the areas of reading and mathematics. They offered recommendations for school leaders to consider.
"Black Children are Brilliant": Math Success and Minority Students
Common Core Math and African American Students
STEM Education with a Moral Component
Being Black and Doing Math: The meaning of math for African American
African American and Latino Children Under Assault: Illiteracy in Education
How Education Standards Limit African American Children
Strategies to Increase Reading Comprehension
Reading Across Text in the Common Core
How to Improve Reading Comprehension for Struggling Readers
Connecting Mathematics, Geometry and Sound
Awards Ceremony [pdf]
Greetings COSEBOC friends and colleagues,
On April 25-27,2013, over 600 people representing 32 states and 130 localities came to the 7th annual Gathering of Leaders in Chicago, Illinois. This was an historic event for COSEBOC not only in terms of the record numbers but in the quality of engagement, networking, and learning that took place.
I am still deeply humbled and thankful for the enormous support extended by our hosts - the University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC's Forum, and particularly by College of Education Dean Victoria Chou and Professor Alfred Tatum. It is also with great appreciation that I salute Urban Prep Academies for their involvement. We are also extremely thankful for all of our sponsors and collaborating partners. Your contributions and support were keys to our success.
Above all, and on behalf of the entire COSEBOC staff and Board of Directors, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to every person who registered and attended this year's Gathering. My thanks also go to those who became members prior to the event. Your commitment and belief in the COSEBOC mission is critical to the work going forward.
I encourage all who were in attendance to hold on to the powerful moments witnessed and experienced. I encourage you to commit to at least one action on behalf of our boys and young men. And I encourage those who are not yet members to become members. Remember that the work we do in the service of our students is movement work, not moment work.
Continue to follow COSEBOC via our website, member network, Facebook and Twitter and please spread the word about an organization that is dedicated to the proposition that all boys and young men of color are filled with promise and await the opportunity to fulfill their hopes, dreams and potential. We are the ones who can help to make that happen.
With Sincere Gratitude,
The Charleston Chronicle
May 1, 2013
KFAI Radio 90.3
May 10, 2013
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May 10, 2013
Morrison County Record
May 10, 2013
KARE 11 (CBS)
May 9, 2013
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May 8, 2013
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Twin Cities Daily Planet
May 6, 2013
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