Thursday, January 15, 2015

COSEBOC Educates Teachers of Boys of Color; Quantity and Quality ofSleep Improves Academics; Men from Morehouse Mentor Young Black Men andBoys at Quinn Chapel

Making Progress; Moving Forward!
Gathering of Leaders
Quality and Quantity of Sleep Improves Academics
Take A Young Black Man To Worship
Men from Morehouse Mentor
Take A Young Black Man To The Movies
Illinois Falls Short in Developing Teachers
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I Am a Young Man: Honoring My Past,
Celebrating My Present, Anticipating My Future
COSEBOC Annual Gathering of Leaders
Our young men are crying out to be understood and recognized for their intelligence, talent and possibility. The 9th annual Gathering of Leaders will support you, as educators, to do so. We are building a movement of educators and their allies to take the lead in creating a positive narrative and supportive learning environment for all.

Join 700 educators on the campus of the University of Memphis and share your passion for ensuring that all boys and young men of color achieve academic success. Highlights will include:
  • Special session For School Principals Only
  • Special session For Members Only held at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
  • Our traditional, extraordinary Call to Action by young men of color
  • COSEBOC Talks: Plenary sessions with nationally-recognized speakers and educator/student respondents
  • Workshops on research, policy, and practice in the seven core areas of the COSEBOC Standards - Assessment,
    Parent/Family/Community Partnership, Curriculum and Instruction, School Environment and Climate, School Leadership, School Counseling, and School Organization
  • Workshops led by COSEBOC School Award winners
  • The Barbershop Project
  • FY15 COSEBOC School Award Dinner
  • Networking Cafe
Please note: This year we are offering an early registration rate available until March 1, 2015.
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Sleep Quantity + Sleep Quality = Better Math/Language Scores
By Rick Nauert, PHD,
Senior News Editor
January 9, 2015
Sleep Quantity + Sleep Quality = Better Math/Language Scores
A new study confirms that it is worth a parents effort to ensure that their school-aged child receives a good nights sleep.
Researchers from McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal found that sleep quality and duration are linked to better performance in math and languages - subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success.
In the study, investigators found that "sleep efficiency" was associated with higher academic performance in those key subjects.
Researchers defined sleep efficiency as a gauge of sleep quality that compares the amount of actual sleep time with the total time spent in bed.
While other studies have pointed to links between sleep and general academic performance, the Montreal scientists examined the impact of sleep quality on report-card grades in specific subjects. Their findings: with greater sleep efficiency, the children did better in math and languages - but grades in science and art weren't affected.
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On MLK Mentor Day
Join the Men of
Quinn Chapel AME Church
on Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend
Take A Young Black Man To Worship
Sunday, January 18, 2015
10:00 am
2401 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
The Men and Boys of Quinn Chapel AME Church with Pastor James M. Moody, Sr. (seated center, second row, 4th from left)
Beautiful, historic Quinn Chapel AME Church has had many national leaders stand in the Quinn Chapel pulpit including Presidents William B. McKinley and William Howard Taft, human rights activist Ida B. Wells, educators George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, poet and literary genius Paul Lawrence Dunbar, gifted preachers Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Illinois Congressmen Danny K. Davis, Bobby Rush, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Senator Barack Obama (now President Obama).
Please call 773.285.9600 to have your place of worship invite young Black men to worship with you this Sunday.
The Men of Morehouse
Alumni Chicago Chapter
Will Mentor Hundreds of
Young Black Men and Boys for
Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend

Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:00 am
Quinn Chapel AME Church
2401 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
Beautiful Quinn Chapel AME Church
Please call 773.285.9600 to bring young Black men and boys or for more information about this session.
Bridgeport, Connecticut Prepares
to Mentor Young Men
Take A Young Black Man
to the Movies
Suggested Films, Movies and Documentaries for
Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend
Friday, January 16, 2015

Please consider renting or purchasing or viewing these films:
1. Selma, 2. Ali, 3. American Promise, 4. Amistad, 5. Black Wall Street, 6. Bring Your "A" Game, 7. Central Park 5, 8. Django Unchained, 9. Do the Right Thing, 10. Emmett Till - Untold Story, 11. Eyes on the Prize, 12. Glory, 13. Hidden Colors 1, 2, and/or 3, 14. Hurricane, 15. Malcolm X, 16. Marcus Garvey, 17. Powernomics, 18. Pursuit of Happiness, 19. Red Tails, 20. Roots, 21. Rosewood, 22. Sankofa, 23. School Daze, 24. Spit'in Anger, 25. Spook Who Sat By The Door, 26. Tuskegee Airmen, 27. Unforgivable Blackness, 28. When We Were Kings, 29. 12 Years A Slave
We highly recommend that you pre-screen any movie or documentary that you might show for appropriate content and tone.
Illinois falls short in $20 million effort to develop 1,000 teachers
Francisco Castellon, a teacher at Berwyn's Irving Elementary School, works with second-graders Brian Valdovinos, left, and Itzel Vargas. Castellon is in his second year of teaching after studying through the state's Grow Your Own Teacher program. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

The state has spent more than $20 million in the past decade to develop 1,000 teachers who would work in distressed public schools and boost the number of minority educators in Illinois.
But since the Grow Your Own Teacher program was launched in January 2005 it has produced just 102 college graduates, and only about 80 of those are teaching.
Hundreds of would-be teachers dropped out after borrowing from the program for college tuition, fees and books, and they didn't have to repay the loans under rules laid out by the state, officials said. Millions of dollars went to colleges and community groups tapped as program administrators, in some cases eclipsing money spent on the teacher candidates, state financial records show.
Diversity of teachers compared with students (infographic)
Teachers who launched their careers through the program say it changed their lives, and lawmakers who support it stress the importance of more minority teachers in a state with one of the biggest gaps in the country between the percentage of minority students and the percentage of minority teachers.
But critics such as state Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, say Grow Your Own Teacher "hasn't worked and is terribly inefficient."
"It is an example of politics still trumping merit, in terms of whether a program warrants continued funding," Murphy said. "And again, the goal may be laudable, but the implementation of this program has not produced a return on investments that is fair to taxpayers."
The Grow Your Own Teacher program was designed to help parents, community leaders and nonteaching school staffers become teachers willing to work at public schools in low-income areas.
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