Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color

COSEBOC worked in partnership with the N.Y.U.'s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education (Metro Center) to develop our Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color.  Based on current research, the Standards are a set of guidelines intended to assist school districts, schools, and school leaders who seek to develop and enhance schools and programs serving boys and young men of color.  It is also a self-assessment tool that can serve as the basis for self-assessment, reflection, planning, professional development, and accountability.  COSEBOC's Standards are designed to complement the Common Core and other District Standards.

Dr. Eddie Fergus-Arcia, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, NYU, led the development of this seminal document which serves as the foundation for COSEBOC's Professional Services.  A draft of the Standards was introduced at the third annual Gathering of Leaders in 2009 and feedback invited from practitioners in the field.  Dr. Fergus continues to invite and incorporate feedback to ensure that this is a living document that continues to reflect current research, promising practices, and resources. The COSEBOC standards were updated in 2014.

Standards and Promising Practices of Schools Educating Boys of Color

COSEBOC's Standards define seven core components necessary for effective schools:

  1. Assessment
  2. Parent/Family/Community Partnership
  3. Curriculum and Instruction
  4. School Environment and Culture
  5. School Leadership
  6. School Counseling
  7. School Organization

These standards provide exemplars from existing schools in each component area.  Relevant research and resources are provided as well.  COSEBOC offers workshops for educators to provide a working knowledge of the Standards.  

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