by Ron Walker
April, 2015

In 1.84 seconds, a black pre-teen by the name of Tamir Rice lost his life in a Cleveland Park. As a lifelong educator, I often think about what it was like to educate 5th and 6th grade students. They came in a variety of shapes and sizes as they were making their transition towards adolescence and becoming a teen.  Some were playful, some were studious and most were beginning to form a perspective on the world and life. And I think about my own growing up as a 12 year old boy in the city of Philly.  I smile with fond memories when I think about the...

To the parents of Trayvon Martin
To the parents of Trayvon Martin,
I know that though time is said to heal all wounds, the loss of a child  may surely be the exception. On this the 3rd anniversary of the loss of your son Trayvon, on behalf of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, I send you both our prayers, well wishes and support. As a parent and a grandparent with grandsons, in Trayvons age range I can't imagine what it would feel like losing either of them.
I have followed the stories that have emerged over the three years and have seen both of you in...

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...