Interview with Ron Walker, "COSEBOC director: Boys of color still 'woefully behind' in the classroom."

This is an excerpt from Education Dive's interview with Ron Walker, "COSEBOC director: Boys of color still 'woefully behind' in the classroom."

And there’s also the debate over the shortage of teachers of color, because these students don’t have role models who look like them to look up to in the schools.

WALKER: That is a tremendous issue. When...

Kamau Ptah, Program Design and Facilitation Specialists for COSEBOC’s Sankofa Passages Program (SPP) and four-year SPP mentee Brandon Deloatch were featured panelists at a recent policy briefing on effective policies and practices that can help close the achievement gap, focused on youth ages 12-24.  Hosted by CLASP at NPR Headquarters in Washington D.C., the forum featured a variety of speakers and panel discussions.  Kamau and Brandon were featured in panels on Lifting up Effective Strategies to Influence Policy and Investment and How Youth...

REPOST: Can the hundreds of education experts who flocked to Mississippi improve life for the state’s black boys?

By Nick Chiles

JACKSON, Miss. – Like the billion locusts that emerge every 17 years to descend on the Northeast, sometimes the thing we call news has a remarkably simple basis: We cover it because it’s rare. Uncommon.

So when a critical mass of the nation’s foremost experts on educating black boys gathered in Jackson last month to hobnob, commiserate and impart their latest findings on how to get positive outcomes with this much-maligned population, it had the breathtaking impact of the locusts.

This had never before happened in Mississippi, a state with the highest...

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and Ron Walker

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, COSEBOC's Executive Director, Ron Walker, had the opportunity to present for the Black Law Students at Harvard Law School. Ron was on a distinguished panel that included Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spellman College and Dr. John Jackson, President of the Schott Foundation. The topic of the session was Teaching Black Boys. 

Photo: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and Ron Walker and Ron Walker

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“.

COSEBOC is a national network of school leaders...

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...

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....

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...

Seeing potential and talent where others see misbehavior and disrespect

by Ron Walker, COSEBOC Executive Director
March 7, 2013

During a recent site visit to our Mississippi Leadership Academy, I had the good fortune of meeting 5 year Kaiden Johnson in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is a student at the Early Learning Center directed by Mrs. Eula Crowell, a dedicated champion for poor and underserved families and their children. On a financial shoestring, Mrs. Crowell and her able staff produce young scholars between the ages of 4 and 5 who leave her center ready, willing and able to read.  In fact she...

Students at the Eagle Academy for Young Men in 2008


In September, the Eagle Academy Foundation will open a new school in Harlem: a school for boys only, from grades 6 through 12.

We expect, along the way, to encounter charges of gender bias — and, perhaps, litigation — from the American Civil Liberties Union, which has already launched or threatened lawsuits against a dozen school districts, claiming that single-gender public schools violate equal-protection laws.

In La Crosse, Wis., just this year, the threat of litigation by the ACLU...