Spring is a time to contemplate summer plans and COSEBOC is excited to offer you and your team the opportunity to elevate your educational aspirations with one (or all) of our Professional Development offerings.

A good place to start

Standards for Schools Educating Boys of Color

For PK-12 teams. COSEBOC Standards for schools educating boys of color is the foundational course we recommend as a starting point for all teams. Participants apply research-based standards to identify strengths and challenges and develop action plans. This course is designed to provide a strong operational framework for the healthy transformation of schools and communities to ensure successful learning outcomes for all students, especially boys and young men of color.

“This is needed throughout the schools in our district. Many are struggling to connect to Black boys, and this would be tremendously helpful.” ~Participant

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For all educators

Footprints and Footsteps Facilitator Course

For middle and high school teams. This course prepares teams of educators to implement the COSEBOC Footprints and Footsteps curriculum, designed to empower youth by introducing them to voices of the past, voices of today, and their own voices of tomorrow. This course is designed to provide an effective tool to cultivate critical thinking, literacy, and effective communication skills among boys and young men of color.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the work and learned many things that I can incorporate into my class.” ~Participant

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For men of color

Discovering Rituals, Understanding Manhood (D.R.U.M.) Facilitator Course

For teams of men of color who work with middle and high school students. This course introduces teams of educators to the Rites of Passage experience and prepares them to incorporate the D.R.U.M. framework into their own program for boys and young men of color. D.R.U.M is designed to provide a personal/professional rites of passage experience to men of color within your district’s schools and community partner organizations who work directly with boys and young men of color.

“It was an amazing program that is relevant to the demographic of students that we teach. It provided strategies to support and improve students’ learning experiences.” ~Participant

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Behind the scenes at COSEBOC is a team of dedicated and passionate individuals, each contributing their genius to the COSEBOC mission. Every month our eNews will spotlight a member of our team, giving you the opportunity to glimpse more closely into the COSEBOC heart.

Robin Harris

Today we introduce another of our Professional Development Facilitators, Robin Harris.  Robin is a facilitator for our foundational course, COSEBOC Standards for Educating Boys of Color. Robin is a lifelong educator who brings experience as a classroom teacher, alternative assessment coach, school committee member, principal, as well as a family and community engagement administrator. COSEBOC is deeply grateful for the commitment, passion, and depth of knowledge that Robin brings to our vision and mission.

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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools - Winston-Salem, NC

May, 2024 Discovering Rituals, Understanding Manhood (D.R.U.M.)

Facilitated by Kamau Ptah, Professional Learning Facilitator

Newton, MA, Public Schools:  Vanguard Initiative

June, 2024 : Footprints and Footsteps 

Facilitated by Timothy Jones, Professional Learning Facilitator

Learn More about our Professional Development Courses

For educating boys and young men of color

Footprints & Footsteps

If you are interested in COSEBOC professional development, contact Brenda Artwell, info@coseboc.org.

From COSEBOC Partners & Supporters

Inaugural Fellowship

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)  has established the Massachusetts Aspiring Principal Fellowship, which aims to inspire and empower aspiring principals to lead with vision, passion, and purpose and to create a brighter future for all students.

Learn more and apply here

CEO Position

The Byerschool Foundation has applications open for a full-time CEO to oversee all operations of the Byerschool Foundation.

Learn More [PDF]

Applications are now open!!

The National Fellowship for Black and Latino Male Educators (NFBLME) have up to 25 spots open for a small group of partner organizations.

Learn More Here 

Register NOW! 70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board

National Coalition on Education Equity

A Time-Sensitive Invitation - Register Now for the 70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board Conference (May 22-24 in Washington, DC)

Learn more and Register

Leadership Brainery

Our partners at Leadership Brainery have announced an 18-month Ambassador Fellowship program for undergraduate student leaders of color to become grad school-ready candidates! Selected Ambassadors receive 1:1 graduate school admissions coaching, free GRE/GMAT/LSAT test prep materials, fee waivers for competitive schools, and a $10,000 scholarship! Applications open this week.

Leadership Brainery Ambassador Fellowship

Thanks for joining us this month!

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