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COSEBOC is honored to share that Ron Walker has been selected by the Officers and Executive Board of the Cambridge NAACP to receive the 2015 Cambridge NAACP, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Education Award. The celebration is on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the 30th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast Celebration, 9:00 a.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA. 

"Ron, we celebrate your leadership and your work to improve the lives of children. Your work in Cambridge and abroad has been one of excellence and we thank you for...

"We must not wallow in the valley of despair... (but rather) pledge that we shall always march ahead."
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Contrary to the all too prevalent negative narrative, COSEBOC knows that all boys and young men of color can achieve and thrive ifthe educators in their lives have the right tools and mindset. In fact, COSEBOC knows that there are schools across the country where this is happening every day. The COSEBOC School Awards honor these schools.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the process to...

Dec. 1, 2014: COSEBOC is pleased to to announce the recent interview with Ron Walker by Bill Daughtry of 'New York Sports and Beyond' on ESPN radio in New York City.  It aired several times over the weekend to a projected audience of 1 million listeners, and we are happy to extend this invitation to listen. 
 
Ron's segment begins at 27:43 on both links.
 
Click to listen here: ESPN Website Podcast or ...

Statement by Ron Walker, Executive Director, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) Concerning Tragic Events in Ferguson

Nov. 25, 2014: “There are many lessons to be learned from the tragic events in Ferguson,” said Ron Walker, Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, (COSEBOC).  “The death of Michael Brown, police response, and the community reaction show the critical importance of cultural competency, or how we relate to each other.  As educators, we know positive outcomes for...

Nov. 24, 2014: Today, President Obama is awarding a posthumous Medal of Honor to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. These three men were civil rights activists and participants in “Freedom Summer,” an historic voter registration drive in 1964. Their murder at the beginning of Freedom Summer galvanized the attention of the nation to the evil of racial oppression and the righteousness of their cause. 

White House Announcement of Medal of Honor...

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...
Interview with Ron Walker, "COSEBOC director: Boys of color still 'woefully behind' in the classroom."

This is an excerpt from Education Dive's interview with Ron Walker, "COSEBOC director: Boys of color still 'woefully behind' in the classroom."

And there’s also the debate over the shortage of teachers of color, because these students don’t have role models who look like them to look up to in the schools.

WALKER: That is a tremendous issue. When...

“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 www.schools.org. 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  ...

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