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StopBullying.gov, an initiative of the US Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students, has launched a new Spanish website: http://espanol.stopbullying.gov/.

Like the English-...

The Expanded Success Initiative School Design Fellowship will design and launch a breakthrough high school model whose outcomes are measured by college and career success for Black and Latino young men and women.  The model will result in the launch of eight new high schools that pilot the new design, proposed to open in fall 2014 as both district and charter variations.  The schools will serve both young men and women, enrolled primarily from five of NYC’s highest-poverty neighborhoods. 
 
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On January 10, 2013, Education Week released its annual Quality Counts publication. This year’s report, Quality Counts 2013: Code of Conduct—Safety, Discipline, and School Climate, considers the impact that a school’s social and disciplinary climate have on students’ ability to learn. The report includes analysis of issues such as peer relationships, a sense of safety and security, and school disciplinary policies. It also includes highlights from a survey of school administrators and educators about their perspectives on...

Schools gather a lot of data to draw an academic picture of a student such as test scores, grades, and attendance. But what schools know less about are the root causes that explain why a student does not come to school, or why their grades are slipping. In Northern Kentucky, school leaders are learning that understanding these root causes are the key to being able to provide individual student interventions and school-wide services that increase student success.  

Schools in Northern Kentucky were selected by The Ready by 21 National Partnership and Gallup to participate in piloting...

In 2011, the Council of the Great City Schools commissioned a series of solution briefs from some of the nation's leading scholars and experts to identify an effective set of strategies to address the academic needs of African American males. COSEBOC authored one of those solution briefs highlighting the opportunities for schools to increase their effectiveness with African American...

by Ron Walker
Executive Director, COSEBOC

Imagine with me for a minute that every high school graduating class from this point forward has all young men of color exceptionally prepared to carry and shape society’s mantle. These graduates would exemplify what it means to be literate in the 21st century, taking their rightful place in local, national, and global communities. We would then say, "There goes our Young, Gifted and Literate.”The Young, Gifted and Literate graduate reads and writes well across a wide range of disciplines; speaks eloquently with passion and conviction;...

by Rory T. Edwards, CEO 
Professional Athlete Wellness Group

In the past week we have been exposed to yet two more tragic incidents in the world of professional sports. There was the murder suicide in the Kansas Chiefs organization and the DWI vehicular homicide involving two Dallas Cowboy teammates and friends.  Most all would agree that these incidents continue to mount and are almost becoming ‘the new normal’ in regards to the actions and activities of aspiring, as well as accomplished professional athletes.

And let us not forget the torrent of sexual and physical...

by Murph Shapiro, COSEBOC
December 7, 2012

I’ve just finished three different pieces that include lists of successful practices of inner city schools.

The first is a book, Sweating the Small Stuff by David  Whitman in which Whitman describes 6 schools ( 4 charters; a parochial high school; and a neighborhood public high school) that have narrowed the achievement gap and produced graduates who go off to college.

The book was written in 2008 and is...

Experts are finding ways to address the persistent achievement gap faced by African-American males.

By Jonathan Sapers, Scholastic

Two students Ron Walker encountered while working as a young teacher in Philadelphia led him to start the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color. The first, Wendell Holiday, told Walker proudly in his seventh-grade social studies class that he wanted to be president of the United States. A few weeks later, he was killed in gang fight.

The second was ninth...

I've always been a bit wary of bringing the street into the classroom; not because I thought it was a bad idea to use outside experiences to raise student interest but rather because it is too often simplisticly implemented.

Back in 1969 I was a reading teacher at an experimental school in Philadelphia and I hit upon the idea of a theme based program around boxing. All the kids seemed excited about the idea so I gathered books and articles at different reading levels about boxers and boxing, and offered them to the kids in lieu of the usual reading curriculum...

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