Workshops: Thursday, Block 2

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COSEBOC Annual Gathering of Leaders
May 18-21, 2016
Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

1. Maximizing Academic Outcomes of Young Men of Color in Urban Education

In order to create an educational institution of excellence, a school must have systems in place to quickly assess individual student needs. This workshop will share tactics unique to educating young men of color, along with a prescriptive, three-year academic plan designed to foster success in the highest levels of learning.
Presenter: Sterlin McGruder, Austin Independent School District

2. The Five Lives of Boys: How Schools Help Boys Grow Into Men

Research indicates that what matters most to boys in school are the relationships that they develop with teachers and classmates. Schools that use those relationships as a foundation to help boys develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and creatively find that their students value the educational experience and are more focused and motivated. This session will describe the research underlying this approach and provide an overview of successful strategies currently employed.
Presenter:  Abigail Norfleet James

3. Exploring Peace: Using Peacemaking Circles to Strengthen Personal Connection and Youth Responsibility in School and Community

This participatory workshop will demonstrate the basic concepts and tools needed to convene and conduct a peacemaking circle, and discuss ways that educators can personalize the experience for their unique academic environments. Through lecture, video, collective discussion, and active participation in a peacemaking circle, attendees will develop an understanding of this practice’s ancient roots and how it can strengthen interpersonal responsibility and build community.
Presenter: Andrea Benn Rodriguez, Red Hook Initiative consultant psychologist; Sally Shanahan, Psychologist

4. Boys to Mentors

We all know how important it is to support young men of color in their education and social emotional development. The challenge is in how to devise dynamic activities that truly engage these youth, promote their critical thinking strategies, help them develop resilience and decision-making skills, and empower them to forge a path to becoming productive global citizens as adults. Participants in will examine the components necessary for a well-rounded young men’s program and engage in sample activities geared toward meeting adolescent and teen boys where they are, and guiding them toward success.
Presenter: Wendell Ramsey, The Leadership Program 

5. Beyond the College Fair: Expanding College Access and Opportunity for First Generation Students

College is an abstract concept for the majority of the students in our suburban Long Island school district where over 70% of our students are Latino, many of whom are recently arrived immigrants from El Salvador and other Central American countries. Poverty and limited English proficiency present formidable barriers to college enrollment for many our students; however, we are determined to change the narrative. In this workshop, we will share the strategies implemented to promote a college-going culture via college and community-based partnerships, parent workshops, online tracking tools, and strategic student support services. We will share lessons learned, problems of practice, and give participants an opportunity to “fine-tune” our process.
Presenter: Monique Darrisaw-Akil, Wayne Abenes, Anthony Jiminez, Brentwood Union Free School District

6. Managing Chronic Stress in Urban Minority Youth

This session aims to support educators in identifying and mitigating the pernicious impact of chronic stress on urban, minority youth. It provides a foundation for understanding typical adolescent brain and psychosocial development, the impact of chronic stress on development, and strategies that can be employed to support youth well-being and academic achievement. These strategies require an assessment of social and environmental factors that impact risk behaviors, wellness, and school success. The session will also discuss strategies for implementing school-wide chronic stress management programming and policies.
Presenter: Olga Acosta-Price, George Washington University; Terri Wright, APHA 

7. Differentiated Professional Development for Male Teachers of Color

Male teachers of color have high rates of turnover when compared to their colleagues. This session will examine a monthly professional development initiative for male teachers of color in the Boston Teacher Residency pipeline. This initiative provides socio-emotional support to male teachers of color and a space to reflect on practice in service of student learning. Workshop attendees will learn concrete strategies with which to create similar professional development opportunities for male teachers of color in their school district.
Presenter: Travis J. Bristol, Stanford University 

8. Uncovering the Science Genius of Young Men of Color

Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the Science Genius Battles Program as an innovative approach to engaging urban youth in science, especially young men of color, through Hip-Hop. Participants in this workshop will be provided with an opportunity to learn a new pedagogical intervention used in urban science classrooms that functions as an effective mechanism to help young people retain science content knowledge and emotional knowledge simultaneously. Participants will understand both the theoretical framework and practical application of the Science Genius Program through student examples, and by participating in a science content lyric writing workshop.
Presenter:  Edmund Adjapong, Christopher Emdin, #HipHopEd 

9. Don’t Pass Go: The Necessity and Utility of the Cultivation of Safe Spaces for Male Scholars of Color Within K-12 Environments

Students must first feel safe before they can be expected to productively engage with instruction, and its various components, in any way. This fact is even more salient for male students of color given the complexity of societal issues with which they are forced to grapple on a daily basis. In this session, participants will explore the elements that comprise a safe learning environment, participate in activities that concretize the quintessential nature of safe learning environments to male students of color, and examine best practices in crafting these environments within the urban education landscape.
Presenters: Daniel Williams, Academy of Leadership & Free Enterprise (ALFE) and Jasmine White, Academy of Leadership & Free Enterprise (ALFE)

10. Creating Restorative Schools:  A Whole School Approach to Academic and Social-Emotional Learning and Development

The release of new federal guidance for developing positive school climate and equitable discipline practices has created a window of opportunity for schools to revisit their approaches to developing the conditions for student achievement and success. Recent education leadership literature suggests that restorative approaches to building positive school climate are more likely to lead to more equitable academic and social-emotional outcomes for students of color and students with special needs.  While recent discussion about restorative practices in schools has focused primarily on school discipline programs, developing fair and equitable school climates through the use of restorative approaches can only be accomplished by leveraging continuous improvement of whole school change efforts, as well as long-term investments in educator learning and development focused on the use of restorative practices, including culturally-responsive educator practice.
Presenter: Estelle Archibold, Center for Restorative Justice

11. Using Football To Foster Resiliency and Academic Achievement For Young Men of Color

To close the achievement gap for our students, we must sometimes use outside of the box methods to produce positive outcomes. Participate in a workshop that will demonstrate how football can be used to foster resiliency, character development, and academic achievement to win at the game of life.
Presenter:  Byron Beaman, Mariano Humphrey, Boston Public Schools

12. Letters to Our Sons–Strengthening the Bond Between Fathers and Sons

Studies show that young boys with involved fathers are much more likely to excel academically and go on to live successful adult lives. With a wealth of evidence pointing to the benefits of male parental involvement, it is important that schools create an environment in which father engagement is heavily promoted and celebrated. This workshop provides an in depth look at one organization’s mission to reach fathers by focusing on the relationship with their sons.
Presenter:  Felicia Walker, Letters to Our Sons

13. The Sankofa Curriculum: How an Urban High School Created a Curriculum That Affirms the Identity of Latino Young Men.

The Sankofa curriculum was developed and implemented more than 20 years ago at the El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, the first human-rights high school in the nation. In this presentation, participants will learn how the history of El Puente shaped a dynamic, humanities curriculum which incorporates literature, rites of passage, and knowledge-of-self within a historical framework that allows Latino young men to explore their African, Indigenous, and European roots. The Sankofa curriculum provides a framework that increases Latino students’ engagement and achievement. A panel of Latino young men, known as "Liberators," will share their experiences as students of the school and members of a Latino men's group.
Presenter: Hector Calderon, Wanda Vazquez & the young men of the Liberators Program

14. Supporting LGBTQ Young People of Color in Our School Communities

On a scale of 1 to 10, how supportive of a community is your school or youth organization for LGBTQ young people? Would a student or staff member who came out as LGBTQ face bullying or resistance at your school or organization? What are some of the unique struggles that LGBTQ young people of color face and how can we best intervene and support them? In this workshop, we will explore the hallmarks of a supportive and inclusive culture for LGBTQ, transgender, and gender noncomfoming students and staff, the unique struggles that LGBTQ young people of color often face, and facts and myths about LGBTQ lifestyles. Participants will also learn a step-by-step process for intervening during LGBTQ bullying and hateful language in the classroom.
Presenter: Michelle Eisenberg, Norman Hoyte, Academy of Young Writers 

15. An Introduction to the COSEBOC Standards & Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color

The COSEBOC Standards & Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color is a keystone document produced by COSEBOC and currently in its third edition. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to develop their capacity to use the COSEBOC Standards as a guide for school improvement. During the workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the research that validates the need for these standards to be integrated in contexts applicable to educating boys of color. They will then engage in an overview of all seven standards and take a “deep-dive” into a standard of their choice—focusing on the gap between what currently exists and what is required to generate momentum for that standard in their school and/or district—with the anticipated outcome of reinvigorating educators to be catalysts for change using the COSEBOC Standards as a resource.
Presenter: Deidre Farmbry, Education Consultant

16. Harnessing the Power and Potential of Homeless Male Scholars

Homelessness often results in students having their education interrupted and the balance of their lives disturbed. Schools are usually the only consistency that students have during this time of turmoil. Homeless students often bring a set of challenges into the school building that can drain the resources of building staff. Participants will learn about the availability of supports and resources that are designed to support schools and staff by providing out of school programs and opportunities that are specifically designed to support homeless male middle and high school students.
Presenter:  Wayne Harris, NYC Department of Education & SIMBA Members

17. [NEW!] Courageous Conversations About Race: The Foundation for Framing the Narrative for Boys & Young Men of Color

The challenge to intensify the support and development of boys and young men of color, driven by unending data detailing their plight, continues to re-inscribe the inherent harm, neglect and division from which the plight arises. Thus, an opportunity also exists for schools to no longer reflect and perpetuate racial inequities, but to eliminate the disparities. Join in this interactive session to learn how and why talking about, understanding and examining race and its intersection with gender transforms the educator personally and professionally, as well as transforms school culture and climate organizationally, thus creating space for opportunities to learn from and with boys and young men of color.
Presenter: Glenn Singleton, President & Founder, Pacific Educational Group


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