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...

March 21, 2014: Today, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights released its civil rights data analysis from the 2011-2012 school year. This is the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the nation in nearly 15 years. The data set, which includes reporting from all of the nation’s 97,000 school districts, shows that tremendous disparities still exist for children of color in many areas - ...

The Greater Boston Section of the National Council of Negro Women (website) will award the Liberating Vision Award to COSEBOC Executive Director, Ron Walker, at their 21st Women of Courage and Conviction Awards Banquet on March 29, 2014.

The banquet will be held at the Montvale a Plaza in Stoneham, Mass at 7pm.

The theme for the celebration is Rise Up and Empower our Community to Reach New Heights...

by Ron Walker
March 18, 2014

For many people who do business of one sort another, frequent travel across this great nation may be routine. Recently, I made the cross country trek from Boston, Massachusetts to Sacramento, California. Though of late I have been traveling frequently, I don’t often make the trek from coast to coast and sea to shining sea. On this trip I paused from my pile of papers and emails to pause to take in the breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountains. The majesty of the view from 30, 000 feet was awesome. To see miles and miles of snowcapped...

March 14, 2014: Ron Walker attends the California Statewide Professional Development Summit, hosted by the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators.

The theme of the conference is called, Education, Equity and Excellence: African American, Latino and Other Underserved Students and it commemorates two landmark events:

  • The 60th anniversary of Brown vs the Board of Education
  • The 67th Anniversary of Mendez vs...
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and Ron Walker

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, COSEBOC's Executive Director, Ron Walker, had the opportunity to present for the Black Law Students at Harvard Law School. Ron was on a distinguished panel that included Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spellman College and Dr. John Jackson, President of the Schott Foundation. The topic of the session was Teaching Black Boys. 

Photo: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and Ron Walker and Ron Walker

February 27, 2014: As you are surely aware by now, this has been an historic week for the field of black male achievement. Yesterday afternoon from the White House East Room, President Barack Obama announced the launch of My Brother's Keeper, "a new initiative with leading foundations and businesses taking a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to building ladders of opportunity that will unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color in America."  With this announcement, the President is making a significant statement and giving us validation on...