Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color

by Eddie Fergus-Arcia

Nov 1, 2015

The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) worked in partnership with New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education to develop the "Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color." Based on current research, the Standards are a set of guidelines intended to assist school districts, schools, and school leaders who seek to develop and enhance schools and programs serving boys and young men of color. It is also a self-assessment tool that can serve as the basis for self-assessment, reflection, planning, professional development, and accountability. COSEBOC's Standards are designed to complement the Common Core and other District Standards.
  • In today's educational context, most indicators of academic achievement and social outcomes for Black and Latino male students suggest that these students are facing severe hardships.
  • The consideration and implementation of any educational reform (e.g., PBIS, CCLS, RTI, Restorative Justice, etc.) must be accompanied by a healthy understanding of race, ethnicity, and gender.
  • After assessing the Performance Level for each of the quality indicators, schools should develop a timeline for improvement using the 'Plan to Improve' section for each quality indicators, prepare staff to work with others in this area on affirmative STEM deliver priority in the improvement plan, as those are most critical to schools working with boys of color.