GOL18: For Leaders Only Institute

COSEBOC 12th Annual Gathering of Leaders
Boys and Young Men of Color: Liberated, Empowered and Educated
Boston Park Plaza Hotel | Boston, MA |  May 29 - 31, 2018

Formerly known as “For Principals Only”, this day-long institute will target leaders committed to improving the education of boys and young men of color. This convening will be facilitated by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, a nationally-recognized author and educator who has spent her career examining the pedagogical practices of teachers with proven success in the education of students of color. 

Squad Goals: Culturally Relevant Approaches to Liberating, Empowering, and Educating Young Men of Color

Theme for the 2018 For Leaders Only Institute
Squad Goals: Culturally Relevant Approaches to Liberating, Empowering, and Educating Young Men of Color

Pre-Conference Day: May 29, 2018
Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Dr. Gloria Ladson BillingsThe education landscape today is more precarious than ever before. Education leaders are charged with great responsibilities for the social, emotional, cultural and academic interest of all students. These important demands are tethered to policies and procedures that too often encumber the everyday work of teaching, learning and leading. 

Furthermore, the demographic, racial, economic and cultural profile of America’s student population continues to be more diverse than ever before. At the same time, optimum learning conditions for these students too often depends on one’s zip code rather than on fair and equitable learning opportunities. 

The rising threat posed by school site violence has greatly increased the challenge of educating all of the nation’s school aged children and youth to high standards.  The recent tragic events that occurred in Parkland, Florida have magnified the growing concern about trauma and its impact on the social, emotional, physical and psychological development of students, families, educators and community members.

It is for these challenges - some new and some old - that COSEBOC will convene a special session at this year’s Gathering of Leaders called For Leaders Only. In years past this session was called For Principals Only, but COSEBOC realizes that the important agenda needed to educate every student, especially boys and young men of color, needs a collaboration of leadership across school, district and community. 

Squad Goals: Culturally Relevant Approaches to Liberating, Empowering, and Educating Young Men of Color

To this end we are inviting school, district, community and youth program leaders to register for this 1st For Leaders Only Institute to be held on the Pre-Conference day, May 29th from 10:30 am-3:30 pm at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel (site of the Gathering). This session will be facilitated by the amazing activist-researcher and scholar Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, who will challenge and charge us with strategies, tools and techniques drawn from her extensive experience working with educational and community leaders.

The session will have a participant limit of 200. For participants not attending the full COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders, May 30-31, the registration fee is $225; for participants already registered to attend the Gathering, the fee for this institute is $100. Lunch is included.

The For Leaders Only session is assured to be stimulating, provocative and designed to inspire leaders to return to their respective locations ready to lead the work that will Liberate, Empower and Educate. 

Squad Goals:

  1. Leaders will focus on the academic priorities for boys/young men of color.
  2. Leaders will develop necessary cultural competencies for effectively educating boys/young men of color
  3. Leaders will cultivate socio-political (critical) consciousness in boys/young men of color
  4. Leaders will develop and support teachers to employ a culturally relevant approach to pedagogy