Workshops: Thursday, Block 1

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

1. Aiming Boys of Color Toward Academic Success: Building Relationship that Work 

Our boys of color enter school buildings and classrooms each day, confronted with feelings of alienation and that they are unable to achieve. As educators, we must increase our awareness of the ways in which we directly and indirectly reinforce these misperceptions with negative labels. By positively responding to boys of color, educators set the stage for academic excellence. Workshop participants are invited to explore practical approaches to help faculty and staff create an academic environment that reverses these negative beliefs through relationship building.
Presenter: Natasha Wyatt & Kianee Lee, Tacoma Public Schools

2. Improving Cultural Competence By Understanding Stereotype Threat and Microaggression

Both Microagression and Stereotype Threat have been scientifically shown to influence student assessment and student progress through unconscious bias. This workshop will provide working definitions for these two conditions so that participants can identify, in their own experience, where and how they have been impacted by Microagression and Stereotype Threat as individuals and as professionals. Participants will then discuss the ways in which awareness of their personal experiences can help them improve their own pedagogical practices and interactions with boys of color in the classroom and other academic environments.
Presenter: Andrea Benn Rodriguez, Red Hook Initiative consultant psychologist; Sally Shanahan, Psychologist 

3. Brother to Brother: The Blueprint for Establishing an Elementary Mentoring Program for Boys of Color

The Brother to Brother (B2B) Program was established to support and nurture the academic, social, physical, and emotional growth of young African American males attending elementary school. Specifically designed with the African American male in mind, the B2B program offers academic support and enhanced activities that foster positive school experiences. Mentors work with students to increase their confidence and model character traits that will shape their self-image and increase the likelihood of future success.
Presenter: Rodriguez Teal, Durham Public Schools

4. Creating Conditions for Learning while Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions

When students feel connected, engaged and supported in their schools, they are more likely to achieve academic and personal success. Relying on suspensions and expulsions as a means of discipline disengages students. Workshop participants will explore the web-based Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions Toolkit which provides guidance to educators on enacting culture change in K-12 schools and addressing behavior concerns using non-exclusionary methods. The toolkit includes a section for families to obtain information on supporting their child(ren) after a suspension or expulsion. Participants will also tour the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center’s Achievement Resource Center web collection for additional resources.
Presenter: Bersheril Bailey, American Institutes for Research  

5. Connecting the Dots for Success in Working with Young Men of Color

The fastest growing populations in the country are those minority groups with the lowest levels of male educational attainment. If present levels of education and current population trends hold, the United States will see a decline in the educational attainment of the country as a whole. The goal of ensuring the future global competitiveness of the U.S. cannot be met without the full participation of our nation's young men of color. While there is no button to push to solve the educational challenges facing Young Men of Color, the Young Scholars Program has a history of success with this demographic. This workshop will share our experiences and best practices to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of young men of color. Two key elements will be discussed: training high school counselors to work effectively with young men of color and building a network of post-secondary institutional partnerships.
Presenter: Jacqueline Rushing, Young Scholars Program; Sharon Cruz-McKinney, University of Laverne; Thomas Scott, West Contra Costa Unified School District

6. Critical Race Theory: A Critical Conversation to Close Achievement Gaps

Racism is a factor in academic achievement gaps and it is crucial that educators effectively address it. In this interactive session, participants will examine current research to better understand the significance of racism on these achievement gaps, best practices to mitigate racism, and successful strategies with which to close academic achievement gaps. The presenter will share insights gained and the research-based approaches that districts are using to address racism and guide all students to high levels of academic success.
Presenter: N. Chaunte Garrett, Rowan-Salisbury School System 

7. Supporting Boys of Color in an Anti-Hoodie Society: A Blueprint for Success

Boys of color are currently experiencing the failures of the justice system, an anti-Black social order, and a society that fails to see them as boys. In addition to these issues, there is the “middle school slump” where students grappling with puberty and identity struggle in school. For boys of color, there are fewer opportunities to work through these issues without being hyper-disciplined and criminalized. This session provides tools for counselors, administrators and teachers seeking to move from pathological labels toward constructing positive self-image by exercising an ethic of care while holding students responsible for their decision-making.
Presenter: Lynette Parker, Carolyn Parker, John Simmons, Bronx Charter School for Excellence 

8. The Boston Public Schools' Approach to Growing its Pool of Male Educators of Color

Boston Public Schools understand that the students in our classrooms right now comprise the next generation of teachers. 86% of our students are culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse. In this interactive workshop, participants will discover one district’s home-grown teacher pipeline development program. Learn what it takes to support male high school students on a pathway to teaching from the high school Scholar(s) and the Mentor Educator(s) who support them.
Presenter: Melissa Cera-Garcia, Valduvino Goncalves, Garcia Dalzon, Boston Public Schools

9. Revolutionary Black Parenting: Protecting Black Genius 

Participants will be challenged to analyze their current strategies to improve outcomes for Black youth and whether or not those approaches include fostering racial identity exploration. #BlackGenius will be introduced, a concept where youth are armed with the tools to withstand the negative effects of racism and create disruptive technologies to dismantle it. Participants will then explore how their current strategies can be enriched by encouraging #BlackGenius, as opposed to strategies focused on ‘fixing youth to play the game.’
Presenter: William Jackson, Village of Wisdom

10. Practical Strategies to Support Students Who are New Immigrants

Mass migration of Central American youth made headlines this year. 93% of these youth have fled violence in their home countries, leaving behind a primary caregiver and joining parents who have been separated from their children for years. We will discuss the struggles these students must overcome and practical steps schools can take to help young men navigate these transitions.
Presenter: Jude Welling, Fairfax County Public Schools

11. Accelerating Learning for Boys and Young Men of Color Through Criteria Analysis of Student Work

Formative assessment accelerates learning, especially for underserved populations. Participants conduct a simulated Criteria Analysis of student work, leading to timely and targeted action in order to reteach and extend learning. When teachers use this protocol to examine student work, they come to a deeper appreciation of students’ culture and strengths and discover that “reteaching” is simply part of teaching. When teachers communicate clear criteria for evaluating work, they “level the playing field,” paving the way for student success. Boys of color increase their self-efficacy and achievement when they learn that it is not “first and fastest,” but persistence that matters.
Presenter: Nancy Love, Research for Better Teaching

12. Attracting the Future: “My Brain & Me” S.T.E.M. Course as a Working Model of COSEBOC Standards in the Classroom 

This workshop provides an overview of a S.T.E.M. course on traumatic brain injury which demonstrates that how we teach is as important as what we teach. Minority males appear disinterested in the biomedical field at the collegiate level and are highly underrepresented in the profession. To reach underrepresented males before entering college, the “My Brain & Me” course is designed to engage these students as part of an after school program in Atlanta. Select written exercises, online and physical activities will be presented during this session. The 7 core standards of COSEBOC will be emphasized for school-aged participants, parents, and facilitators.
Presenter: Rastafa Geddes, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Madia J. Coke, Dekalb County Schools 

13. Our Bodies: Complicated Intersections of Privilege and Marginalization

There is a dominant narrative about what it means to be a young man of color in North American society. Often, this monolithic story limits and excludes many from participating with and within this identity. Via multi-media and multi-medium exercises, this workshop will explore ways that school communities can provide a critical lens for our young men to examine masculinity and the various ways their other social identities—such as class and religion—intersect and complicate the single story.
Presenter: Dwight Vidale, Riverdale Country School

14. Coding is the New Black

The US needs 500,000 software developers and computer programmers by 2020. Where will they all come from? Coding is the 21st century's most highly sought after skill. Now, doctors, engineers, and even chemists are all learning to code. Our students need to learn this new literacy. In this session, we will discuss how we can meaningfully bring coding into our classrooms no matter the discipline.
Presenter: Michele Goe, Benadette Manning, Boston Public Schools 

15. Improving Educational and Life Outcomes: The Kingmakers of Oakland Unified School District

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN MOVED TO A 3-HOUR WORKSHOP (SEE DESCRIPTION HERE)

16. Better Outcomes with Mastery-Based Grading

In this hands-on session, we will consider the shortfalls of traditional grading practices, which too often label and stigmatize students—and fail to provide actionable feedback for how to do better. We will then explore competency-/mastery-based teaching and learning. Using the voices of students, teachers, and school leaders from around NYC, we will build a strong case that mastery-based approaches are culturally responsive, and that shifting to mastery fosters student metacognition, independence, transparency about what it takes to succeed, growth mindset, engagement, and skill development. Mastery-based shifts are effective for students across socioeconomic and racial lines. Come find out why!
Presenter: Jeremy Kraushar, Joy Nolan, Julianna Charles Brown, Mastery Collaborative)

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