COSEBOC

Advancing the Affirmative Development of Boys and Young Men of Color

COSEBOC is committed to connecting, inspiring, supporting, and strengthening educators and community members who are dedicated to the social, emotional, cultural, and academic development of boys and young men of color. The COSEBOC movement advances the belief that all students, including boys and young men of color, possess the gifts, talents, and genius to excel in school, career, and life.

Meet Our Founder and Executive Director

Ron Walker founded COSEBOC in 2007, the culmination of a career spanning over five decades as a teacher, principal, staff developer, and consultant in various educational communities.

Professional Development Courses

COSEBOC offers a series of three professional development courses for teams of educators and community members. They are designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and skill in promoting equity and excellence for all students, particularly by focusing on the education and empowerment of boys and young men of color.

COSEBOC STANDARDS

For PK-12 teams. COSEBOC Standards is the foundational course we recommend as a starting point for all teams. Participants apply research-based standards to identify strengths and challenges and develop action plans.

DISCOVERING RITUALS, UNDERSTANDING MANHOOD (D.R.U.M.)

For middle and high school teams. This course introduces teams of educators to the Rites of Passage experience and prepares them to incorporate the D.R.U.M. framework into their own program for boys and young men of color.

FOOTPRINTS AND FOOTSTEPS

For middle and high school teams. This course prepares teams of educators to implement the COSEBOC Footprints and Footsteps curriculum, designed to empower youth by introducing them to voices of the past, voices of today, and their own voices of tomorrow.

The COSEBOC Impact

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School or Community Educators
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Male Students of Color
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Parents of Color
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States & District of Columbia

Home Membership

Building a Conspiracy of Care

Membership

Our members share our vision of collaboration, partnership, and mutual support essential to the academic success and future aspirations of boys and young men of color. COSEBOC members are passionate advocates for transformational change taking place within classrooms, schools, and communities. These changes will foster a spirit and reality of success which every male student of color will attain. Your decision to join COSEBOC on this mission can be the difference that makes the difference for boys and young men of color.

Latest News & Updates

Priming to Pivot
Priming to Pivot
by Deidre R. Farmbry, Ed.D. Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Shawn Ginwright, author of The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves, for a COSEBOC virtual convening titled “From Nourish to Flourish.” Highly inspired by the book, I began thinking about the work before the work if one is committed to personal change, especially based on any of the four pivots Ginwright writes about...
Thank you Sandra Spooner
Many Thanks and Best Wishes to Dr. Sandra Spooner 
The word “departure” is defined as the act of leaving. This brief message is to announce the departure of Dr. Sandra Spooner, our Director of Operations. However, I define departure differently, because, though Sandra is leaving the official role that she has successfully filled for six years, her impact on the growth, development and success of COSEBOC will never leave.
Do You Believe That Children Are Our Future?
Do You Believe That Children Are Our Future?
When the legendary singer Whitney Houston sang “The Greatest Love of All,” written by Linda Creed and Michael Masser, the lyrics were crystal clear and emphatic. Here are the words that form the first stanza: I believe that children are our future; Teach them well and let them lead the way.

The COSEBOC Difference

“The COSEBOC approach has been distinguished by its emphasis that support for boys and young men of color must build on their strengths rather than focus on their deficits and challenges, and by an enduring belief that if we change the schools and support systems available to them, we can also improve their academic and developmental outcomes.”

– Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D.
Dean, Rossier School of Education
Distinguished Professor of Education
University of Southern California

Pedro Noguera

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