COSEBOC Annual Gathering of Leaders

Boys and Young Men of Color: 
Innovators, Creators and Game Changers
University of Texas | Austin, Texas  |  April 26-28, 2017

Thursday Block 1A (3 hours)

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  1. Kingmakers of Oakland
    Presented by Christopher P. Chatmon
  2. Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity: Using Data to Change Hearts and Minds
    Presented by Dr. Edward Fergus-Arcia
  3. Strategies for Strengthening Self-Efficacy in African American Educators
    Presented by Ayodele Harrison
  4. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Learning and work Environment: The Qualitative Difference in the Success or Failure for Linguistic and Culturally Diverse Male
    Presented by Hector Montenegro
  5. Restorative Practices in Schools
    Presented by Sherwynn Patton
  6. Creating Safe Spaces for Real Talk: Using Restorative Circles in Classrooms
    Presented by Jamila Sams M.A Ed.
  7. For Principals Only - PART II
    Presented by Dr. Darnisa Amante

Thursday Block 1B (90 minutes)

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  1. Urban Prep’s 4Rs: Creating a Culture of High Achievement
    Presented by Dr. Lionel Allen
  2. The XY-Zone - A Leadership Development and Peer Support Program
    Presented by Robert Bachicha, Paul Lopez, John Orr and a panel of 6 high school young men
  3. CANCELLED: Creating Career Pathways to Success
  4. Opportunity Gap Game-Changer: My Brother’s Keeper Model & Implementation
    Presented by Linda Cavazos and Karen Novak
  5. Raising Stars, Inside and Out
    Presented by Ray Jackson and Cynthia Jackson
  6. Elevating a School Community Through Understanding the Youth We Service
    Presented by Dr. Max Jean–Paul
  7. Diagnosing Discipline, Attendance and Mobility Challenges that Undermine Educational Access
    Presented by Steven LaFemina and Victoria Brady
  8. Practicing Philosophy: Using R.J. Systems to Change the Academic Game for Young men of Color 
    Presented by Chad Burnett
  9. Black and Latino Education Matters: Is STEM our Answer to the War on Poverty?
    Presented by Dr. Adrian B. Mims
  10. My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors – Sustaining The Work Of Mentorship
    Presented by Richard Mitchell
  11. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) as a Tool to Engage African American Males
    Presented by Richard Reynolds
  12. From Silos to the Integrated Child Study Team: Addressing Disproportionality through a System that Integrates Academics, Behavior, and Attendance
    Presented by Jane Ross, Bertha Arellano and Melissa Minor
  13. Collaboration in Schools: The Good, Bad and the Ugly
    Presented by Karla Salas and Enrique Garcia
  14. ExceptionAL: Black Men Leading, Living, and Loving
    Presented by Judy Touzin
  15. Expansion of Equitable Pilot Programming in Middle Schools for Improved Educational Outcomes for Males of Color
    Dr. Paul Walker

Thursday Block 2 (90 minutes)

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  1. Partnering for Success: Supporting Educators in Creating Welcoming Environments for Young Male Students of Color
    Presented by Dr. Diana Ward and Juan Pablo Martinez
  2. Save Our Children: The Struggle Between Black Parents and Schools
    Presented by Dr. Twyla Williams
  3. Implicit Bias and What We Can Do
    Presented by Presented by Emily Hoaldridge-Dopkins, Aleza Berube, Katie Cameroneil and Alonzo Blankenship
  4. Leaders of the New School
    Presented by Mike Brown, Staci Somervill and Rebecca Williams
  5. Moving Beyond Culturally Relevant Instruction to the Complexity of Identity
    Presented by Christina Brown
  6. Leveraging Learning Networks and Opportunities to Increase School Attendance for Boys of Color
    Presented by Joshua Childs
  7. Proactive vs. Reactive “Preparing Yourself to Prepare Your Students for…..
    Presented by John Fletcher
  8. Innovative Approaches for Management of Classroom Attentional Issues: Balls, Boys, and Experiential Strategies
    Presented by Abigail Norfleet James, Ph.D.
  9. Bridging Our Gaps: Rethinking Discipline in Urban Schools
    Presented by Brandy Gratten
  10. Transforming the Lives of Young Men of Color through Literacy
    Presented by David Miller
  11. Community Centered Approach to System Change
    Presented by Julia Mejia
  12. MOVED TO BLOCK 1A - For Principals Only - PART II
    Presented by Dr. Darnisa Amante
  13. Elevating CRE Educators - Competency Based Recognition and Career Pathways for High Value Teacher Leaders
    Presented by Mary Strain and Kisha Porcher
  14. Creating Change Through Social Innovation As A Black Male: How I Did It and How Others Can Too 
    Presented by Will Morris
  15. Culturally Responsive, Sustaining and Humanizing Education in Action: Indigenous Epistemologies as a Teaching Methodology
    Presented by Dr. Curtis Acosta

Friday Block 3 (90 minutes)

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  1. “Lead Lady”: Realizing Effectiveness as a Female Leader in an All-Male School
    Presented by Brandy Gratten
  2. Creating, Imagining and Innovating-Empowering African American Males for Success
    Presented by Eric L. Brown, Curshina Hilliard and Darien Woods
  3. Creating a Pathway to College & Career: Project MALES Summer Academy
    Presented by Emmet Campos, Mike Gutierrez, Jorge Rodriguez and Rodrigo Aguayo
  4. Why Feelings Matter: Using Restorative Justice to Change the Game on Handling Student Conflicts
    Presented by Stefani Harvey
  5. Dual Language: Pursuing Academic Achievement, Bilingualism, and Positive Cultural Identity
    Presented by David Kauffman, Ed.D
  6. CANCELLED: Developing Your Leadership Language: Finding Your Story of Empowerment
  7. Encouraging Boys and Young Men of Color to Fight for Freedom!
    Presented by Vernon Lindsay, PhD
  8. Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA): Innovative Strategies for Achieving High School Excellence 
    Presented by Robert Simmons
  9. Resilience Through Coping: A Journey of Hope
    Presented by Philip Roundtree
  10. Bringing Youth of Color Into the Creative Class
    Presented by Carl Settles
  11. Lessons from Watts: Rewriting the Narrative Surrounding Men of Color and Postgraduate Success
    Presented by Dr. Martinique Starnes and Kenneth Hutchinson
  12. Building a Community to be Proud of: Schools, Residents, Churches, Non-Profits & Alumni
    Presented by Ricardo Zavala 
  13. Adult SEL & Family/Teacher Communication: Exploring and Planning to Interrupt Implicit Bias
    Presented by Sarah Stone, Elena Rodriguez, Amber Pleasant and Theresa Burke Garcia
  14. Book Clubs: Engaging Young Men of Color by Exploring Literature Through Culturally Relevant Books
    Presented by Patrick M. Johnson
  15. Learning Math Doesn’t Have to be Painfully Boring!
    Presented by Ayodele Harrison

Friday Special Sessions

#COSEBOC11 will continue our hallmark for presentations that allow attendees an analysis of trending and relevant topics in public education, especially for male students of color.

Gathering participants may select any one of these important discussions, which are open to all.

Angela Ward

Inspiring "A Conspiracy of Care" for Austin Boys and Young Men of Color: The subject matter is always rich and ripe with possibility during COSEBOC's well-known Special Sessions at the annual Gathering of Leaders. We will examine the trending topic of "equity in schools" as it relates to males of color and learn how our host city of Austin is working to  "change the game" in their classrooms.

Moderator Angela Ward from the Austin Independent School District will join with panelists Amy Lloyd, Principal of Cunningham Elementary School, and Dr. Courtney Robinson of the Black Leadership Academy & Excellence and Advancement Foundation for a one-hour panel discussion and Q&A entitled "Race Equity in Austin: A Conspiracy of Care."

State of Public Education for Young Men of Color
Dr. Curtis Acosta

We are proud to host leading educator and consultant Dr. Curtis Acosta of the Acosta Latino Learning Partnership in Austin for a special session. Dr. Acosta will present the "State of Public Education for Young Men of Color" to our 200 youth attendees at the Young Men's Passage. "When This Teacher's Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court-and Won" (From Yes! Magazine)

Recruiting and Retaining Male Teachers of Color

coming soon


Host Partners: 2017 Annual Gathering of Leaders

AISDThe University of Texas at AustinHuston-Tillotson UniversityCity of Austin Executives Alliance for Boys and Young Men of Color

Sponsors: Thank you for generously supporting this Gathering

Campaign for Black Male AcheivementAmerican Reading CompanyA Glimmer of Home AustinForward PromiseVerizon Innovative LearningTNTP SRI