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March 21, 2014: Today, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights released its civil rights data analysis from the 2011-2012 school year. This is the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the nation in nearly 15 years. The data set, which includes reporting from all of the nation’s 97,000 school districts, shows that tremendous disparities still exist for children of color in many areas - ...

March 14, 2014: Ron Walker attends the California Statewide Professional Development Summit, hosted by the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators.

The theme of the conference is called, Education, Equity and Excellence: African American, Latino and Other Underserved Students and it commemorates two landmark events:

  • The 60th anniversary of Brown vs the Board of Education
  • The 67th Anniversary of Mendez vs...

February 27, 2014: As you are surely aware by now, this has been an historic week for the field of black male achievement. Yesterday afternoon from the White House East Room, President Barack Obama announced the launch of My Brother's Keeper, "a new initiative with leading foundations and businesses taking a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to building ladders of opportunity that will unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color in America."  With this announcement, the President is making a significant statement and giving us validation on...

As part of Black History Month, COSEBOC wants to share this important new documentary.

The national broadcast of the new, extended version of The Prep School Negro will air on PBS.  The film will air on PBS's World Channel on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.   The Prep School Negro will be featured as part of the America ReFramed series.  

Click here to check local listings: ...

Sign up for a free webinar on using games to help students meet the high standards of the Common Core. BrainPOP is hosting Classroom, Inc. on Wednesday, January 15, 4pm ET, and we encourage you to be part of this discussion. Kathy Yu Burek and Anne Richards will look at how Classroom, Inc.’s The Sports Network 2 (available on GameUp) can be an effective way to engage students while developing reading comprehension skills...

Dear COSEBOC Friend,

A COSEBOC friend and member, Jack J. Pannell, Jr., Founder, Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys is recruiting an exceptional educator to become the Founding Principal and Instructional Leader of his school, a public charter school. The school opens next July with 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys. Baltimore Collegiate’s mission is to prepare male students for success in college and in life through a traditional liberal arts...

This year's Achievement Gap Symposium, Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years, co-convened by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), was a tremendous success. The event brought together more than 400 participants from across the nation — including thought leaders in education, child advocates, researchers, educators, students and policymakers — to discuss strategies to close achievement gaps for the 1.7 million young Black men, ages 15–19, living in the United States. The conference was held in Washington, D.C....

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd annual COSEBOC School Awards:

Best Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina 

Merrillville High School in Merrillville, Indiana

Salk Elementary School...

Seeing potential and talent where others see misbehavior and disrespect

by Ron Walker, COSEBOC Executive Director
March 7, 2013

During a recent site visit to our Mississippi Leadership Academy, I had the good fortune of meeting 5 year Kaiden Johnson in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is a student at the Early Learning Center directed by Mrs. Eula Crowell, a dedicated champion for poor and underserved families and their children. On a financial shoestring, Mrs. Crowell and her able staff produce young scholars between the ages of 4 and 5 who leave her center ready, willing and able to read.  In fact she...

Students at the Eagle Academy for Young Men in 2008

BY DAVID BANKS / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013, 4:01 AM

In September, the Eagle Academy Foundation will open a new school in Harlem: a school for boys only, from grades 6 through 12.

We expect, along the way, to encounter charges of gender bias — and, perhaps, litigation — from the American Civil Liberties Union, which has already launched or threatened lawsuits against a dozen school districts, claiming that single-gender public schools violate equal-protection laws.

In La Crosse, Wis., just this year, the threat of litigation by the ACLU...

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