by Ron Walker

The presence of the Academic Achievement still remains pervasive in this nations public schools. And it is compounded in urban schools by an equally pervasive Opportunity Gap. On November 19, 2015, I had the honor to present a few comments on the COSEBOC's to combat both in an interview hosted by the Boston News Network. Wilmer Quinones, youth coordinator for Sociedad Latina, an exceptional Boston based organization was the other person being interviewed. Wilmer added a powerful touch to the interview. He...

The National BMA Innovators are leaders whose program models demonstrate improved outcomes for Black men and boys and have started to spread their work at the national level. Congratulations to Ron Walker and COSEBOC! Announcing the 2015-2016 Black Male Achievement Innovators!


David Johns

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By David Johns and Dr. Marcus Hunter

The new movie Dope stars Shameik Moore as a young brilliant Black Los Angeles high school student who gets entangled in a haphazard scheme to sell drugs. Playing on the stereotype of young Black men as “dope dealers,” the film illustrates a host of obstacles faced by Black youth when pursuing educational excellence and sometimes to survive. Is the film mere Hollywood hyperbole?

Truth is, it’s not.

In the United States, Black students encounter a series of educational detours that compromise academic...

NYT: A Conversation About Growing Up Black

NYT Op-Docs recently released this short video of young black men explaining the particular challenges they face growing up in America. We are re-posting it here, and hope that you will take 5 minutes to watch this powerful video.

November 13, 2014: This is an excerpt from today's Boston Globe. To read the full article, click here.

The report is being released today at a presentation and COSEBOC Executive Director, Ron Walker, is on panel responding to the report.

Black and Latino males are facing an educational...

This week's This American Life on public radio was right in the COSEBOC wheelhouse, a series of related stories on: 

  • behavior management
  • differential suspension rates 
  • school-to-prison pipeline

Stories included:

  • differential suspension practices of 3-year olds at a pre-school
  • research on suspension rates in Texas
  • an interview with Dr. Pedro Noguera
  • discipline practices in the early days at Academy of the Pacific Rim in Boston told from the perspective of a graduate who now is a...

“Until we engage children, youth and families are around serious survival and developmental needs we will continue to see senseless acts of violence in communities. Changing the mindset of people in communities is our only alternative to address violence.”
~David Miller, M.ED- Founder of the Dare To Be King Project

Washington, DC:  Dare To Be King: What if The Prince Lives? A Survival Manual for African American Males is an innovative approach to address urban street culture, violence and a self-defeating mindset among African American males. Dare To Be King: What If...

Northwest Magnet Middle School in Jackson, MS is among several urban schools named in the 50 best Middle Schools in the United States as selected by the best This is a site that helps parents make informed choices about education through rankings and other resources. Northwest is an International Baccalaureate Middle Year Program school. It is also an A school based on the Mississippi Department of Education accountability results.

COSEBOC salutes Northwest Middle School for this achievement. The district is ably led by  ...

The interview below and the blog was presented by Dr.Travis Bristol. He has also been a presenter at the COSEBOC gathering for the past 2 years. His reports provide good and important information for our members and the work we do at COSEBOC.
INTERVIEW: Thursday, July 10, 2014: Radio Boston on WBUR. Topic: Research findings on Black male teachers in the Boston Public School System.

Kamau Ptah, Program Design and Facilitation Specialists for COSEBOC’s Sankofa Passages Program (SPP) and four-year SPP mentee Brandon Deloatch were featured panelists at a recent policy briefing on effective policies and practices that can help close the achievement gap, focused on youth ages 12-24.  Hosted by CLASP at NPR Headquarters in Washington D.C., the forum featured a variety of speakers and panel discussions.  Kamau and Brandon were featured in panels on Lifting up Effective Strategies to Influence Policy and Investment and How Youth...