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...

Ron Walker, COSEBOC Executive Director

Greetings COSEBOC Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the launch of the new COSEBOC website Over the past few months, our staff have been hard at work to make the website more informative, useful to practitioners, and easy to navigate. In the spirit of this holiday season, we hope that it serves...

(Re) Authorizing Literacy Practices for African American Boys

by Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago

The education of young children has been discussed for more than two centuries in the United States. However, we are in our infancy discussing instructional practices and methods that advance the reading and writing achievement of African American boys. This is not to say that African American boys have not been excelling at both for a very long time, but the voices of those who specifically advocate for their reading and...

From a Northside local:

Grant Helps DePaul Boost Graduation Rates Among Minorities

A Bank of America grant is aimed at helping the Lincoln Park university research to find effective methods to boost graduation rates among young Black and Hispanic men.

The statistics are startling.

Only 52 percent of Black men and 58 percent of Hispanic men...

Announcement of Webinar: From Rigid to Responsive - Better Approaches to School Discipline 

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST

Featuring: Jason Sinocruz, Staff Attorney for the Advancement Project and John Simmons, Executive Director of Student Services for the Denver Public Schools

In recent years, there has been significant debate about the unintended consequences of harsh discipline policies, and the disproportionate impact on students of color. School achievement is negatively affected by these rigid...

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.