NYT: A Conversation About Growing Up Black

NYT Op-Docs recently released this short video of young black men explaining the particular challenges they face growing up in America. We are re-posting it here, and hope that you will take 5 minutes to watch this powerful video.

November 13, 2014: This is an excerpt from today's Boston Globe. To read the full article, click here.

The report is being released today at a presentation and COSEBOC Executive Director, Ron Walker, is on panel responding to the report.

Black and Latino males are facing an educational...

This week's This American Life on public radio was right in the COSEBOC wheelhouse, a series of related stories on: 

  • behavior management
  • differential suspension rates 
  • school-to-prison pipeline

Stories included:

  • differential suspension practices of 3-year olds at a pre-school
  • research on suspension rates in Texas
  • an interview with Dr. Pedro Noguera
  • discipline practices in the early days at Academy of the Pacific Rim in Boston told from the perspective of a graduate who now is a...

“Until we engage children, youth and families are around serious survival and developmental needs we will continue to see senseless acts of violence in communities. Changing the mindset of people in communities is our only alternative to address violence.”
~David Miller, M.ED- Founder of the Dare To Be King Project

Washington, DC:  Dare To Be King: What if The Prince Lives? A Survival Manual for African American Males is an innovative approach to address urban street culture, violence and a self-defeating mindset among African American males. Dare To Be King: What If...

Northwest Magnet Middle School in Jackson, MS is among several urban schools named in the 50 best Middle Schools in the United States as selected by the best This is a site that helps parents make informed choices about education through rankings and other resources. Northwest is an International Baccalaureate Middle Year Program school. It is also an A school based on the Mississippi Department of Education accountability results.

COSEBOC salutes Northwest Middle School for this achievement. The district is ably led by  ...

The interview below and the blog was presented by Dr.Travis Bristol. He has also been a presenter at the COSEBOC gathering for the past 2 years. His reports provide good and important information for our members and the work we do at COSEBOC.
INTERVIEW: Thursday, July 10, 2014: Radio Boston on WBUR. Topic: Research findings on Black male teachers in the Boston Public School System.

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...

Tim King who honored at this year’s BET Awards!

Congratulate Urban Prep Founder & CEO, and founding COSEBOC Board member, Tim King who was honored at this year’s BET Awards!

Urban Prep Founder & CEO Tim King was honored at the 2014 BET Awards, aired live on Sunday, June 29th.

Each year, BET Networks recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, athletes, and community activists during the BET Awards.  King received the Shine A Light award for his work at Urban Prep.

The star-studded event was hosted by Chris Rock and featured performances and appearances by Kevin Hart,...

Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of Black and Latino Boys

Harvard Education Press

“At a time of crisis among Black and Latino boys—the most vulnerable populations in our public schools—Schooling for Resilience probes the souls of schools and provides a brilliant road map to better education.” —Gilberto Q. Conchas, associate professor and chancellor’s fellow, School of Education, University of California, Irvine

As a group, Black and Latino boys face persistent and devastating disparities in achievement compared to their White counterparts. Put simply, they are among the...

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...