This is a reminder that the deadline for submission of the COSEBOC School Awards application is Friday, November 16th.

Schools Administrators interested in these $10,000 grants must notify COSEBOC via email at to receive the personalized link required to access the application
form only available online. Guidelines and answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website. 

On November 6, 2012, Education Week featured an article entitled, "Suspended in School: Punished But Still Learning" to highlight schools in Baltimore, Los Angeles, and the state of Minnesota that have taken a different approach to school discipline. This issue of harsh school discipline disproportionately affects students of color, with African-American males being the most severely impacted. To stem this problem, many schools nationwide are using creative school-based discipline options to continue to provide instruction while addressing behavior issues. This allows...

October 3, 2012
Ron Walker attended, by invitation, the Open Society Black Male Achievement Convening -- What Winning Looks Like: Investing in What Works

Excitement opened the Open Society Black Male Achievement convening. The room was filled with leaders of organizations from across the nation that are positively impacting the efforts to save the lives of black men and boys. Speakers included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, Susan Taylor, Magic Johnson and others. Afternoon speakers included many COSEBOC colleagues - Urban Prep Founder/CEO and COSEBOC...

August 28, 2012
Mississippi Leadership Academy Director Sean Vann presented at the Mississippi Department of Education conference on dropout prevention. See presentations

August 27, 2012
Executive Director Ron Walker made a presentation on Successful Learning Communities at the National Summit on Educational Excellence and Opportunity for African American Males, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Great City Schools.

The 7th Annual Gathering of Leaders: Young, Gifted and Literate: Boys and Young Men of Color Prepared for the Future

Eventbrite - COSEBOC 7th Annual Gathering--Young, Gifted and Literate: Boys and Young Men of Color Prepared for the Future


Recently a three day symposium Middle School Matters for Young Black Males sponsored by ETS and the Children's Defense Fund was held in Cincinatti Ohio. In general the speakers were academics from the college level and while their comments and presentations were excellent, they were more more theoretical than practical.

One of the panelists, Geoffrey Canada, Head of the Harlem Children's Zone, however, provided more hands on responses to some of the moderator's questions.

Canada feels that we address the needs of young Black children, and particularly those of high school age...

In a speech last March Ivory Toldson expressed in the most direct terms what many others have been saying but have not been heard, or at least not getting out to the public. Here's an excerpt from an article on the speech.

Toldston (sic) said the media’s constant negative — and in many cases, inaccurate — portrayal of black men leads to a vicious cycle that essentially serves to limit black men by sending them a message that they aren’t expected to succeed.


Here’s a brief description of the new 100 Black Men Community School in Oakland California. It may sound familiar to those of you who know or know of David Banks and his work in NYC.

The school, 100 Black Men Community School, started and financially supported by the Bay Area chapter of the 100 Black Men nonprofit organization, is open to all male students, but it was created specifically for issues facing black boys - including difficult family lives, street...

Pablo Noguera, Director of New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education  in a recent opinion piece for Ed Week and Phi Delta Kappan argues that there is no research that shows that single sex schools-particularly for young men of color-in themeselves improve these students academic success.

Noguera did find, however, a number of schools both single sex and co-educational that did have a history of success...