Agenda: 2014 Gathering of Leaders

This year's Gathering event is now past. We hope to see you at our next Gathering in 2015.

Please Note: The official date for the 2014 Annual Gathering of Leaders is April 23 - 25, 2014. However, we are extremely pleased that the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans will hold a Town Hall at Jackson State University immediately following our Gathering of Leaders on April 26, 2014. We encourage all COSEBOC participants to stay for this important event. We have therefore included the dates for the Town Hall here in our Agenda. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014  |  Pre-Conference Sessions

Time

Event / Location

12:00 – 5:00 pm

COSEBOC Board of Directors Meeting

5:00 – 8:00 pm

For Members Only

Members Working Session and A Touch of Mississippi reception for District, School and Individual Members of COSEBOC

Day 1 | Thursday, April 24, 2014  |  Convening of the Gathering

Time Event / Location

 

7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Registration – Pick up Gathering Materials 

Walter Payton Center Foyer

6:45 and 7:45 am

Shuttle Busses from hotel to Jackson State University

7:00 – 8:15 am

Continental Breakfast / Registration

Jackson State University
Walter Payton Center Foyer

8:30 – 11:45 am

Walter Payton Center

Welcome 

Representative, City of Jackson

Chancellor, Jackson State University

Cedrick Gray, Jackson Public Schools Superintendent 

Rhea Williams-Bishop, Executive Director of Mississippi Center for Education Innovation

William Buster, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Mayor, City of Jackson

Video Clip: Father Praises Son's Academic Success

Processional of Young Men and Interpretation of the Gathering Theme

COSEBOC Talks

Eric Mahmoud, Founder and CEO, Seed Academy, Harvest Preparatory School, Best Academy, Sister Academy and Mastery Schools
"A Crisis in Our Community: Closing the Five Education Gaps"

Roberto Rivera, President and Lead Change Agent, The Good Life Organization
"Hip-Hop(E) - Activating Hope in Adolescent Youth in Ways that Bridge Hip Hop Culture with Social and Emotional Learning and Civic Activism"

David C. Banks, President & CEO, The Eagle Academy Foundation
"SOAR: How Boys Learn, Succeed and Develop Character the Eagle Way"

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Lunch

1:15 – 4:15 pm

In-Depth Workshops – An Exploration of the Affirmative Development of Boys and Young Men of Color   

Gathering participants engage in in-depth LEARNING EXPERIENCES that are organized around the seven Core Areas of COSEBOC’s Standards and Promising Practices: Assessment, Parent/Family/Community Partnership/Curriculum and Instruction, School Environment and Climate, School Leadership, School Counseling and Guidance and School Organization. Sessions will be led by practitioners from COSEBOC School Award and Member Schools, as well as others doing promising work with and for boys and young men of color.

See workshop decriptions here.

1:15 – 2:45 pm

COSEBOC Promising Practices Presentations

Gathering participants engage PRESENTATIONS OF PROMISING PRACTICES that are organized around the seven Core Areas of COSEBOC’s Standards and Promising Practices: Assessment, Parent/Family/Community Partnership/Curriculum and Instruction, School Environment and Climate, School Leadership, School Counseling and Guidance and School Organization. Sessions will be led by practitioners from COSEBOC Award and Member Schools, as well as others doing promising work with and for boys and young men of color.

See presentation descriptions here.

3:00 – 4:30 pm

COSEBOC Promising Practices Presentations

Gathering participants engage PRESENTATIONS OF PROMISING PRACTICES that are organized around the seven Core Areas of COSEBOC’s Standards and Promising Practices: Assessment, Parent/Family/Community Partnership/Curriculum and Instruction, School Environment and Climate, School Leadership, School Counseling and Guidance and School Organization. Sessions will be led by practitioners from COSEBOC Award and Member Schools, as well as others doing promising work with and for boys and young men of color.

See presentation descriptions here.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Informal Social Learning Circles

(see designated areas and topics in the program) 

4:30 – 5:15 pm 

Shuttle Busses back to Hotel

6:15 – 7:00 pm

Shuttle Busses to Awards Dinner 

7:00 – 10:00 pm

Student Center Ballroom

The COSEBOC School Awards Dinner  

The COSEBOC School Awards are given to schools that consistently generate academic achievement in their male students of color rivaling statewide averages of all students.  These schools demonstrate to the public that schools can successfully educate boys and young men of color.  Attendees must register and pay separately for the Awards Dinner via our online registration.

Day 2 | Friday, April 25, 2014  |  Gathering of Leaders

Time

Event / Location

7:00 am – noon

Registration – Pick up Gathering Materials 

Walter Payton Center Foyer

6:45 and 7:45 am

Shuttle Busses from hotel to Jackson State University

7:00 – 8:15 am

Walter Payton Center

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 am

Walter Payton Center

The Spirit of Mississippi – Music and Spoken Word  

Hollis Watkins – Freedom Songs

Jackson State University Gospel Choir

COSEBOC Talks

 Dr. Karen Mapp, Senior Lecturer on Education and Director, Education Policy and Management Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education


"Moving Forward: Building the Capacity for Effective Family Engagement"

Dr. Howard Stevenson, Professor of Education and Africana Studies, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania 
"Playing With Anger: Affirming Racial Styles and Assertiveness in Boys and Young Men"

Marco A. Davis, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
"Adelante: Moving the Latino Community Onward and Upward"

Introduction of the 2014 COSEBOC Award Schools

10:00  – 10:30 am

Break and Move to Sessions

10:30am – 12:00 pm

COSEBOC Promising Practices Presentations

Gathering participants attend PRESENTATIONS of their choice by representatives of the 2014, 2013, and 2012 COSEBOC Award Schools/Member Schools.  Each school will share exemplary and practical practices that have been successfully implemented with their boys and young men of color.  

See presentation descriptions here.

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Lunch

1:15 – 3:15 pm

Workshops – An Exploration of the Affirmative Development of Boys and Young Men of Color

Gathering participants engage in WORKSHOPS that are organized around the seven Core Areas of COSEBOC’s Standards and Promising Practices: Assessment, Parent/Family/Community Partnership/Curriculum and Instruction, School Environment and Climate, School Leadership, School Counseling and Guidance and School Organization.  Sessions will be led by practitioners from COSEBOC Member schools, as well as others doing promising work with and for boys and young men of color.

See workshop descriptions here.

1:15– 3:15 pm

For Award Schools Only

Educators from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Award Schools will engage in shared conversations and learning from and with each other.  

1:15 – 4:15 pm

For Principals Only – pre-registration and advanced preparation required 

Principals engage in shared conversations that support them as they make a link between their beliefs and values and their work in schools.  They will also have the opportunity to bring dilemmas of practice related to the affirmative development of the boys and young men of color in their schools for feedback from their colleagues. 

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Walter Payton Center

Authors' Corner Book Signing and Networking Session 

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Gathering of Leaders Ends - Shuttle Busses back to hotel

Day Three | Saturday, April 26, 2014
White House Town Hall

Time

Event / Location

7:30 – 8:30 am

Shuttle Busses from hotel to Jackson State University

9:00am – 4:00 pm

Lee E. Williams Athletics
and Assembly Center

White House Town Hall meeting 

 

Rose E. McCoy Auditorium