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Friday, February 28, 2014: COSEBOC Executive Director Ron Walker is a featured workshop presenter at today’s Cities United conference in New Orleans.  This is the inaugural year of Cities United, a special convening of the National League of Cities with the theme of “Why We Can't Wait - A Convening for Mayors Committed to Eliminating Violence Related Deaths of African American Males.”  Walker was invited to lead a workshop for 20 Mayors and their aides on “Real Solutions to Building Culturally Competent Schools“.

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Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi

February 25, 2014

Dear COSEBOC family and friends,

It is with sadness that I share the news of the passing of Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, Chokwe Lumumba. Mayor Lumumba passed away this evening. Though I only spent a brief time in his company, it was clear that he was a man for the people and very supportive of the mission to educate all children and particularly those who were marginalized and under educated. I remember his rally call delivered at the press conference to announce the Gathering at Jackson State University. He urged all present, young and...

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...

COSEBOC is proud to announce news from one of our member schools. The Renaissance School of Boston just received a very prestigious award from China. They are a school that teaches Mandarin, k-8. They were one of 5 schools worldwide to receive this award. We congratulate them on this significant achievement.

Prestigious Award from China Given to one of our COSEBOC Member Schools

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In the spirit of promoting positive stories and projects of black men and boys and lifting up successes to a national audience, the Rory T. Edwards Show on WXPR blog talk radio, is hosting a month long series of key techniques with some of the country's most knowledgeable experts on Black men and boys development. Its purpose is to develop a national strategy that will provide communal leaders with the opportunity to join a movement of equivalent leaders to receive vital information, capacity-building support, be connected and showcased to funders, and...

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....

By Howard Stevenson
Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education 

Let’s say your Black son comes home one night, scared, out of breath from running. He tells you that some guy with a gun chased him and shot at him, and his girlfriend heard the whole thing on the phone. He stammers that all he was doing was going to the store for a bag of Skittles and iced tea. 

Now you have to muster the courage to respond. What do you say? How can you protect him? What can you do to make sure that he comes home safe tomorrow...

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...

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