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 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  ...

The interview below and the blog was presented by Dr.Travis Bristol. He has also been a presenter at the COSEBOC gathering for the past 2 years. His reports provide good and important information for our members and the work we do at COSEBOC.
INTERVIEW: Thursday, July 10, 2014: Radio Boston on WBUR. Topic: Research findings on Black male teachers in the Boston Public School System.

Kamau Ptah, Program Design and Facilitation Specialists for COSEBOC’s Sankofa Passages Program (SPP) and four-year SPP mentee Brandon Deloatch were featured panelists at a recent policy briefing on effective policies and practices that can help close the achievement gap, focused on youth ages 12-24.  Hosted by CLASP at NPR Headquarters in Washington D.C., the forum featured a variety of speakers and panel discussions.  Kamau and Brandon were featured in panels on Lifting up Effective Strategies to Influence Policy and Investment and How Youth...

Tim King who honored at this year’s BET Awards!

Congratulate Urban Prep Founder & CEO, and founding COSEBOC Board member, Tim King who was honored at this year’s BET Awards!

Urban Prep Founder & CEO Tim King was honored at the 2014 BET Awards, aired live on Sunday, June 29th.

Each year, BET Networks recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, athletes, and community activists during the BET Awards.  King received the Shine A Light award for his work at Urban Prep.

The star-studded event was hosted by Chris Rock and featured performances and appearances by Kevin Hart,...

COSEBOC is proud to share this TEDx talk by one of our recent Gathering presenters, Roberto Rivera, President/Co-Founder of The Good Life Organization. This talk speaks to the same interests that COSEBOC and friends hold near and dear. Roberto brings to the attention of the world the current situation that young men of color in the U.S finds themselves in with education. He also speaks to the tremendous hope that is present if we take an active role. Roberto received a standing ovation at TEDx Grand Rapids and was told that this video could get picked up by TED Global. Please take a few...

Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of Black and Latino Boys

Harvard Education Press

“At a time of crisis among Black and Latino boys—the most vulnerable populations in our public schools—Schooling for Resilience probes the souls of schools and provides a brilliant road map to better education.” —Gilberto Q. Conchas, associate professor and chancellor’s fellow, School of Education, University of California, Irvine

As a group, Black and Latino boys face persistent and devastating disparities in achievement compared to their White counterparts. Put simply, they are among the...

REPOST: Can the hundreds of education experts who flocked to Mississippi improve life for the state’s black boys?

By Nick Chiles

JACKSON, Miss. – Like the billion locusts that emerge every 17 years to descend on the Northeast, sometimes the thing we call news has a remarkably simple basis: We cover it because it’s rare. Uncommon.

So when a critical mass of the nation’s foremost experts on educating black boys gathered in Jackson last month to hobnob, commiserate and impart their latest findings on how to get positive outcomes with this much-maligned population, it had the breathtaking impact of the locusts.

This had never before happened in Mississippi, a state with the highest...

Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character - by David Banks

New book by David Banks

David Banks, President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation, is a founding Board member of COSEBOC and an important educator.

"A respected educator, who has advised Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker on scholastic issues, presents a plan for teaching the country’s most educationally endangered group—boys.

David Banks knows a few things about at-risk boys. In 2004, he petitioned New York City’s mayor to allow an all-boys public school to open in one of the most troubled districts in the country, the South Bronx....

It is with great zeal that we invite you and a delegation of young men from your learning community to the 8th Annual Gathering of Leaders Conference, scheduled for April 24-26, 2014 at Jackson State University (JSU), in Jackson, Mississippi. "Student Voice" is for high school students (Grades 8-12) of schools attending the Gathering. In preparation for our gathering, we are excited about the dynamic student itinerary that we are planning for the boys and young men from across the country that will be in attendance this year.


Friday, April 4th is the deadline for getting the really good COSEBOC discount on hotel rooms for the Gathering.  Arrange for lodging and register for the Gathering now. 

This year's Gathering of Leaders will feature COSEBOC Talks, brief talks by thought...