Workshops: Friday, Block 3

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

1. Barbershop Books: A Community-Based Approach to Promoting Early Literacy

In this session, participants will learn to distinguish between early literacy problems and symptoms among young black boys. Through lively discussion, we will identify barriers to effective program design, literacy curriculum development, instruction and assessment, and learn and apply a variety of strategies that will help young black boys identify as readers while cultivating an intrinsic motivation to read.
Presenter: Alvin Irby, Barbershop Books

2. Philliber Study: The Impact of Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC is the world's largest and longest running mentoring program. This workshop is designed to share a recently-conducted study that illustrates the impact mentoring has on curbing risky behavior and creating positive educational outcomes among all mentored youth, especially middle school students. We will also discuss opportunities to create access to mentoring for a greater number of students in terms of supporting additional mentoring programs, and ideas to recruit more male mentors.
Presenter: Hector Batista & Kiana Walbrook, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC

3. Lessons from Ferguson: Leadership in Times of Civil Unrest

This case study presentation explores the circumstances that informed the organizational response of three school districts in St. Louis County to the civil unrest following the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on August 6, 2014. How should organizations, particularly education organizations, respond to incidents involving racial tensions? This case brings to the forefront the racialized context in which educators operate, but often do not acknowledge. Participants in this session will engage in guided discussion and exploration into leadership practices that either perpetuate or interrupt vestiges of structural racism in schools and communities.
Presenter: Veronica Benavides & Raygine DiAquoi, Harvard Graduate School of Education 

4. Umoja Leaders Boys’ Camp: A Targeted, Researched-Based Intervention Program for At-Risk Boys of Color

The Umoja Leaders: Boys’ Camp is a six-day summer camp designed to empower twenty of our most at-risk high school boys with the voice, tools, and leadership skills needed for academic success. During the school year, Umoja is an after school and Saturday program that provides group counseling and team building. We transform the lives and futures of boys through authentic relationships with adult mentors, unwavering parental communication, high behavioral expectations, resilience training, increased cultural experiences, and a sense of belonging. Participants will learn more about this program model and key lessons for creating a similar program in their communities.
Presenter:  Ingrid Chung, Kim Melgar, Teri Russiello, Jose Medina, & Angel Diaz, The Urban Assembly School for Applied Math & Science

5. An Appropriate School Design Model for Boys of Color

Using theories and practices to design classroom and school culture paradigms based on the works of Kunjufu, Gurian, Marcia Tate, Pedro Noguera and others, workshop participants will examine best practices related to educating boys of color. Participants will break into teams and create these models as templates for their own schools and classrooms.
Presenter: Desmond Williams

6. Relational Teaching with Black Boys: Strategies for Learning at a Single-Sex School for Boys of Color

To challenge deficit-oriented perspectives of Black boys as largely independent and non-relational, this workshop entails a brief presentation of evidence-based “relational teaching strategies,” designed to facilitate positive learning relationships among adolescent Black boys and their schoolteachers. To assist educators and other school professionals with the effective use of these relational strategies, we will conduct small group and whole group discussions centered on the application of, and implications for, the strategies when used with specific boys at the participant’s respective schools in order to increase academic performance and overall school engagement.
Presenter: Joseph Derrick Nelson, Swarthmore College

7. Navigating the Scholarship Maze

This presentation challenges educators to break free of the cookie-cutter approach to financial aid support and position boys of color to develop realistic college funding action plans. Through a series of financial aid scenarios, participants will learn how to develop strategies to increase student eligibility for top private dollars by empowering young men to build their scholarship brands. The session will explore tailored scholarship research strategies and discuss some of the trends in financial aid access that could be leveraged to help these young men graduate from college with the least amount of debt.
Presenter:  Jessica Johnson, The Scholarship Academy, Inc.

8. Students’ Six: Students Teaching Teachers about Cultural Competence

What happens when students get to create and lead professional development? The Students’ Six are a set of research-based strategies that can help create culturally based classrooms. Perhaps more powerful than the strategies themselves, is the process of engaging students in understanding the research and learning how to provide high-quality professional development for their own teachers. Come experience a segment of the process and hear students’ voices on why visibility, proximity, connection to students’ lives, engaging culture, addressing race, and connecting to future selves are such important strategies in the classroom.
Presenter: Graig Meyer & Jamie Almazan, The Equity Collaborative; Jotham White, student 

9. The Essential Elements of Developing Manhood

When working with boys, we should always be mindful that our foundational goal is to prepare them to be men. Participants in this workshop will discuss the findings of the “I knew I was a man when…” study, which revealed three key elements present in the transition into manhood. We will discuss the significance of these elements, review examples of the ways in which they are being used to engage boys, and how these findings can be strategically applied in the classroom.
Presenter: Lathardus Goggins II, Applied Academic Solutions 

10. Only the Strong Survive; but, None Survives Alone! Have You Lost YourSELF in the Process? Regain it Now!

In every school, we are committed to excellence in leadership. Excellent leaders; however, require opportunities to focus on continuous improvement and engage in best practices that support high performance teachers. The School Leaders of Color Think Tank draws on the diversity of our group and uses their unique perspectives to augment their leadership toolkit in order to improve student growth and reduce achievement gaps. By engaging in an interactive “problems of practice" process, we will discuss how the Think Tank development model professional learning network (PLN) creates a community of support that leads to school leader retention.
Presenter:   Candace Merrick & Tamara Blake-Canty, Boston Public Schools

11.  Creating Culturally Relevant Lessons that Empower Students and Ignite a Commitment to Social Justice

The session will teach participants how to create culturally relevant lessons so that children see themselves in the curriculum through an affirmation of their history and culture. Research has shown that culturally relevant lessons increase student achievement, closes the achievement gap, and fosters a commitment to social justice. Participants will view classroom clips, reflect on their experiences and discuss the necessary components of a culturally relevant lesson. Educators will walk away with the tools to begin teaching culturally relevant lessons at their site, including a sample curriculum supplement, literature list, and bibliography.
Presenter:  Aminata Umoja & Tashiya Umoja, Kilombo Academic and Cultural Institute

12. Voices and Choices

For students to truly invest in—and benefit from—their education, they need to have voice and choice in the process. The educational experience is less effective when students don’t have the opportunity to see and hear themselves (and others like them) reflected in the classroom. Take part in a transformative open mic experience where students and educators cultivate leadership, community, empowerment, and positivity. Enjoy a highly interactive session which will include case study discussions from educators about Open Mic Fridays, Struggle to Strengths Studios, and student podcasts.
Presenter:  Justis Lopez & Ryan Parker, Manchester Public Schools

13.  Young, Gifted, and Black: How to Support the Social-Emotional Needs of Black Boys in Gifted Education

Over four decades of data indicate that African-American students are underrepresented in gifted programs. Despite efforts to reverse this problem, percentages do not seem to be changing. Even more alarming, African American males, when compared to their female and White counterparts, are most underrepresented in gifted education programs. Participate in a workshop that provides school psychologists, school counselors, and educators specific strategies on how to meet the psychological needs of Black boys in gifted education. Additionally, this workshop will offer best practices in the recruitment and retention of African-American children and adolescents in gifted education programs.
Presenter: Candyce R. Briggs & Afiya Mbilishaka, University of the District of Columbia 

14. Maximizing Family Engagement for Student Academic Success

In this informative workshop, participants will learn how the NNPS Model of family engagement can assist them in building comprehensive program partnerships linked to school improvement goals—providing a road map for academic success for every student.
Presenter:  Brenda G. Thomas, National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins

15. Promoting a Social Justice Agenda Through PLCs

The challenges of special education and alternative education can act to compound the dilemma of closing the achievement gap, in that groups of historically underserved Black and Latino students are concentrated in these settings, and the “triaging” of their range of needs can overwhelm any focus on social justice leadership. Participate in a workshop fashioned after one school’s journey to align their district’s focus on rigor and restructuring the school’s efforts to improve the educational outcomes of its alternative students through establishment of a professional learning community.
Presenter:   Jamel Adkins-Sharif, Randolph Public Schools

16. 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

17. Supporting Teachers Through Virtual Coaching

Virtual coaching is a method by which teachers are able to receive more feedback in six weeks than is typically received in three years. Through a mini lecture, device-based live e-polling, prompts for social media engagement, group activities and discussion, participants will be able to implement virtual coaching programs in their respective schools or districts.
Presenter: Will Morris, EdConnective 

18. New York City Young Men's Initiative

According to the U.S. Department of Education, as of fall 2014, 50.3 percent of public school students across the country were children of color. Of nearly 3.4 million public school teachers for the 2011-2012 school year (the year for which the most recent data was available), nearly 82 percent where white and only 18 percent where teachers of color. Of that 18 percent, only 4 percent were men of color. Developed by NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), in collaboration with the Department of Education, the City University of New York, and Teach for America, NYC Men Teach is working to solve this problem by bringing more more diverse cultures and perspectives into our classrooms by increasing the number of male educators of color in schools. During this 90-minute workshop, you will hear from leaders of the NYC Men Teach initiative on why having male teachers of color in the classroom is critical for the future success of children of color and our communities; learn how the program is working to recruit, retain and re-engage men of color in the teaching profession; and discuss classroom strategies that help increase empathy, cultural-relevance and shared experiences with boys and young men of color that directly impacts their academic success. 

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