Friday, May 29, 2009

COSEBOC: Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color

COSEBOC intends to develop a collaborative network of schools that nurture success in boys of color. Working with these schools, COSEBOC is committed to high standards, exemplary instruction, and the building of coalitions within and outside the community. The intended long-term outcome of this coalition will be boys of color who are fully equipped to achieve academically, socially and emotionally. These schools will serve as models for the educational community, enabling educators to replicate the promising practices modeled in these schools. COSEBOC will contribute to the body of research on achievement in Black and Latino boys.

The long-term goals of COSEBOC are:

1. Define high standards for schools successfully educating boys of color
2. Convene member schools for sharing of promising practices and community-building
3. Establish network of highly respected educators, researchers, policy-makers, and advocates focused on educating boys of color
4. Model promising practices and provide professional development for educators to replicate them widely
5. Support research and policy development related to pertinent issues concerning the education of males of color
6. Conduct advocacy with policy makers and elected officials in keeping with the needs of boys of color and COSEBOC’s adopted standards
7. Establish and promote a career pathway for boys of color to become educators
8. Raise the visibility of COSEBOC research, the defined needs of boys, and successes in successfully addressing those needs.

Strategic alliances and partnerships are a key strategy for implementing all of these goals. Partnerships with institutions of higher education will enable research, conferences, pre-service and in-service education of teachers and school leaders. Partnerships with education development and community-building organizations will support the academic and social development of students served.

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