This article covers multiple topics around educating black males. It begins with research and information and then moves through suggestions and strategies. The best part of the article for me was the 'Straight Talk with Black Students' at the end. This was particularly beneficial to me because it was the direct experience of four males and their perspective on their school experience.
An amazing reference guide to use when you are challenged with a student and do not know where to turn. The easy to use, color-coded charts walk through several issues (leadership, motivation, identity, curriculum, learning process, cultural, and teacher perception) then offers solutions, strategies and best practice options, as well as further resources for reading and information. I use this as a quick reference when I run out of tricks in my toolbag!
This book describes the social, cultural, and biological factors which have led to the disengagement of boys in school. The author even describes our current world as 'toxic' to boys. Included are tips and strategies for both schools and parents which are geared to re-engage our males in school.
Clint Smith describes his experiences growing up as a black male. He talks about the differences that his parents taught him about school and what he actually experienced. He goes on to speak to both teachers and parents about "how to raise a black male."
This article takes a look into how differently the minds of girls vs. the minds of boys actually work. It offers at least one approach to help eliminate this gap, with multiple suggestions for classroom implementation.
From the voice of a black male in Baltimore, this video covers every topic from poverty, marginalization, and the plight of the black male, and the affect this had on his education. I value this video because it allows educators to view the perspective of black male in relation to education, and suggests how to change the way we educate them.
This is an article that I have shared with several of my parents who are struggling motivating their male children in school. It is written for both parents and teachers, and has several subtopics which include: "The Problem with School," "Is School a Bad Fit," "Practical Strategies," and "Logical Solutions." Another great subtopic to look at is "Active or Aggressive Boys."
In this article, you will find an example of an elementary school in Colorado that looked in the brains of students and found 100 structural differences between boys and girls. The school used this information to teach boys and girls differently, and began experiencing academic gains of more than 20% in one year. Some of their best strategies are highlighted here!