As we look ahead to the new school year, COSEBOC offers a variety of programs to help educators better support boys and young men of color in your community.
Discovering Rituals, Understanding Manhood (D.R.U.M.) Facilitator Course

If you are an educational leader who is thinking about new approaches to the affirmative development of boys and young men of color, please take a moment to watch this 3- minute video.
In this short video, Kamau Ptah, Timothy Jones and Ron Walker speak about Discovering Rituals, Understanding Manhood (D.R.U.M.), a COSEBOC professional development course for men of color who work with boys and young men of color. The metaphor of the D.R.U.M. is a calling throughout the ages from the ancestors. This program is an experiential journey grounded in African/Indigenous rituals, manhood development, and hip-hop pedagogy as participants engage in their own Rites of Passage experience. 

Listen to the experiences of some of the participants in D.R.U.M and learn more about how this unique program has impacted their personal journeys.
More COSEBOC Professional Development Courses
For educating boys and young men of color
If you are interested to learn more about how COSEBOC professional development courses can help your school or district team, click here.
Complimentary Video: Conversation with Thought Leader, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

For many years, COSEBOC has invited leaders to speak informally with us in our virtual “Conversations with Thought Leaders” series. We were honored to be joined by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, a friend of COSEBOC. As you prepare for the upcoming school year ahead, we invite you to listen to the wisdom of Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, facilitated by, Jamila Sams, co-designer of the COSEBOC Standards for Educating Boys of Color program.
We began this conversation with Dr. Ladson-Billings, author of Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Asking a Different Question, by asking: what currently brings you joy in education?
Join us in October for an Event of Gratitude
October 21, 2023 10am - 2pm
Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
736 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

October 28, 2023, 10am - 2pm
Yawkey Club of Roxbury:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
115 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119
From COSEBOC Partners & Supporters
Building Bridges Word by Word

In response to the deep divides in our country, Building Bridges Word by Word was created to provide a safe space where people can share their stories, build connections and bridge the divide. The project hinges on the premise that reading someone’s story often reveals how the author’s experience resonates with their own, sometimes in surprising ways. This summer, Building Bridges Word by Word published a short reflection by Ron Walker, which you can read here

We hope that you’ll follow Ron’s lead and add your own story to help build bridges across our divides.
The irony of Black history legislation in Florida

By COSEBOC friend and colleague, Chike Akua

The current controversy over curriculum in Florida is reminiscent of the early 1990s, a period in which culture wars over school curricula increased and intensified nationally. Many African Americans challenged the content and intent of the standard American public school curriculum. It was into the eye of this storm that I graduated, armed with a bachelor’s degree and secondary teacher certification, ready to teach and transform the lives of Black youth. Read full article
Reminder! Black men in Education
The Center for Black Educator Development will host the 2023 National Black Men in Education Convening in Philadelphia from November 16-18. Help spread the word and raise awareness of this important event
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