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Dear Educator and Advocate,

COSEBOC is pleased to announce the release this fall of the 4th edition of our highly acclaimed document, Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color. In an era of high stakes testing and the Common Core State Standards, reaching expectations is important for all students. For educators of boys and young men of color, the COSEBOC Standards serve as the Uncommon Core that allows these educators to attend to the distinctive, unique and discernable academic and cultural needs and assets of diverse...

Ron Walker's New Book Available for Purchase

Dear friends,

After many years of thinking about writing a book to share a story about the power of hope, resilience and family, I finally did it. With the generous and consistent support of the American Reading Company, the book, is a reality.

It is written in honor of my father, Solomon Walker. Solomon Walker, born in 1915 in Gaffney, South Carolina, never went to school, lost both parents at a young age and with determination made his way to Philadelphia at the age of 19 to begin a new life. The...

Video: The Plight of African American Males

Dear COSEBOC friends,

I'm sure you have heard the old saying, "The more things seem to change,The more they stay the same". Recently, while taking some time to shred old documents and review files, I stumbled upon a treasure. It was video footage recorded on January 14,1992 when I was a principal in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. I hosted a district wide gathering around the topic, The Plight of African American Males.

This summit was designed  around and rooted in a question posed to me when I was interviewed as a candidate for principal of the Peabody...

13th Annual Gathering of Leaders to be held in Detroit, MI

We are very pleased to announce the date and city for the 13th Annual COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders. It will take place in the great city of Detroit, MI, from May 8-10, 2019. The highly acclaimed Young Men's Passage will convene on these same dates. Our theme for 2019 is Boys and Young Men of Color: Ready to Learn, Honored to Serve, Destined to Lead. The power of this theme will set the tone for a stirring, productive and engaging convening. We anticipate that the impact of our collective and individual learning will...

Regional Gathering in Austin TX, Healing in the Village: Are the Children Well?

The Excellence and Advancement Foundation, Huston-Tillotson University, the Austin ISD Race Equity Council, and the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) are proud to announce the Austin Regional Gathering -- Healing in the Village: Are the Children Well? The Gathering will include a series of events for those in our community who are committed to the belief that the Village is not well if its children are not well. The first event will occur on Friday, January 25, 2019 on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University. Educators, policymakers, community...

Important Note: Starting with Kamau Ptah's video-conference, the rest of the series will be an exclusive benefit of membership. COSEBOC members may also request audio recording. If you are not a COSEBOC Member, please click here to join or renew your COSEBOC Membership today! 

On Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4pm EST, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color is proud to announce Kamau Ptah, our 3rd speaker in our 2018-19 educational teleconference series, Conversations with Deep...

Dr. Karen Mapp

On November 20, 2018 at 4pm EST, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color is proud to announce its 2nd speaker of the academic year in our educational teleconference series, Conversations with Influential Thought Leaders. The goal of this series is to create, deepen and strengthen the capacity of educators and advocates dedicated to the affirmative development of boys and young men of color. 

Conversations with Influential Thought Leaders is a powerful forum for learning and inquiry. In these one-hour teleconference calls,...

Join Ron Walker in Conversation with 2017 Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee

On October 30, 2018 at 4pm EST, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color is proud to announce its 1st speaker of the academic year in our educational teleconference series, Conversations with Influential Thought Leaders. The goal of this series is to create, deepen and strengthen the capacity of educators and advocates dedicated to the affirmative development of boys and young men of color. 

We are honored to have 2107 Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee to kick off the series. 

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August 2018: A Back to School Letter from Ron Walker

Greetings Friends of COSEBOC,

The annual rite of passage that we call “Back to School” is well underway. Some of our nation’s schools have been open since early August and others will start after the Labor Day Holiday. It has been my tradition for the past few years to send a back to school message to our friends who parent or educate students returning to school. 

I must admit that as a former principal and teacher, I wax nostalgically about the return to school and in the hopes and anticipation for a successful year of teaching and learning beneficial to every student....

On July 18, 1918, the great Nelson Mandela was born

On July 18, 1918, the great Nelson Mandela was born. On the cover of COSEBOC's 2018 Gathering of Leaders program book, Mandela represented the spirit of our theme, "Liberation, Empowerment and Education." Mandela sacrificed and served as he catalyzed a movement to break the back of Apartheid. As COSEBOC continues to advance the affirmative social, emotional, cultural, and academic development of boys and young men of color, we will also encourage everyone who supports this mission to embrace Mandela as an iconic liberator for peace, freedom and justice. 

In honor of...

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