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The 2006 Schott Foundation Report showed that in 48 states Black Males were not meeting academic standards. This student population had low graduation rates and high rates of placement in special education classes. Herein lays the spark from which the mission COSEBOC (Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color) was ignited. COSEBOC believes that the school leader is the critical leverage point for changing the schooling experience of male students of color. School leaders set the vision, hire and supervise, allocate resources, provide conditions for ongoing professional development and create a learning community. Effective school leaders mobilize a community of educators and allies and they build “Coalitions of the Willing” to change the directionality of its community schools.
Paraphrasing NCEBC Founder and a great mentor to many, the late Dr. Asa Hilliard: “How do we gain sufficient influence and leverage to change the academic and life trajectory pathways for our children? How can research and evaluation be used to alter the challenges students challenged by poverty and racism continue to face, re-frame the problem and guide us to valid solutions?”
Tune in to NCEBCTalkRadio to hear COSEBOC Executive Director Mr. Ron Walker answer these questions. He will interviewed by NCEBCTalkRadio hosts, Drs. Eric J. Cooper, President & Founder of the National Urban Alliance (NUA) for Effective Education and Nicole McZeal Walters, NUA Director, and Professor, University of St. Thomas.