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...

Ivory Toldson and Chance Lewis have completed a report, Challenge the Status Quo, that was presented to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this past summer. It was funded partly by the Congressional Black Caucus, and it seeks to dispel myths about young Black men and to provide real approaches to challenging the way things are.

The purpose of this report is to:

  1. unveil policy solutions for inequities in U.S. public schools that impede academic progress of school-age...

It’s interesting what makes news or what makes an event news. If it’s not picked up the main stream presss it doesn’t make it very far.

It’s now almost two months since the President issued his Executive order - White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans - but there are few out there who are aware of it or who know what it says.

It is news and very important news. While most educators know the...

Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D.

“Among the nearly 40,000 black male 9th graders currently in honors classes, 2.5% have been told they have a Learning Disability, 3.3% Autism, and 6% ADHD... Black males with and without disabilities can excel in schools that have adequate opportunities for diverse learners and a structure that supports personal and emotional growth and development”;

For the data presented in this report, the author analyzed 17,587 black, Hispanic, and white male and female students (black male N = 1,149) who completed the High School Longitudinal...