Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education, a Multi-part Public Series

This fall, Appalachian State University's Reich College of Education (RCOE) will serve as a host site for a multi-part online series titled "Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education."

The series addresses the experiences and realities of black males in education, encourages discussion of issues facing black male students, and offers research-based strategies for improving their success.

“Similar to the Black Lives movement, the course provides an affirmative statement that Black minds do matter.”

Sessions are free and open to the public and will take place in the college, room 124B/C, on Monday evenings, Oct. 23 thru Dec. 11, 2017, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Each session will include a one-hour live-streamed lecture from a national leader in the field, followed by refreshments and a group discussion facilitated by RCOE faculty.

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About the Sessions

LINKING BLACK LIVES & BLACK MINDS with Ryan J. Smith, The Education Trust-West, S. Lee Merritt, Civil Rights Attorney, and Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter
Facilitated by: Louis Gallien (Educational Leadership) and Nickolas Jordan (Human Development and Psychological Counseling)
Date: Monday, Oct. 23
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: RCOE 124B/C

FOUNDATIONS OF BLACK MALE RESEARCH & PRACTICE with Frank Harris III, San Diego State University, and Shaun R. Harper, University of Southern California
Facilitated by: Chris Osmond (Leadership and Educational Studies)
Date: Monday, Oct 30
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: RCOE 124B/C

ASCRIPTION OF INTELLIGENCE with Fred A. Bonner II, Prairie View A&M University, and Donna Ford, Vanderbilt University
Facilitated by: Robin Groce (Reading Education and Special Education)
Date: Monday, Nov. 6
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: RCOE 124B/C

ASSUMPTIONS OF CRIMINALITY with Tyrone C. Howard, University of California Los-Angeles, Pedro Noguera, University of California Los-Angeles, and Nesha Savage, San Diego City College
Facilitated by: Greg McClure and Tracy Smith (Curriculum and Instruction)
Date: Monday, Nov. 13
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: RCOE 124B/C

CAMPUS CLIMATES & NON-COGNITIVE OUTCOMES with Terrell L. Strayhorn, DoGoodWork LLC, James L. Moore III, The Ohio State University, and Kimberly A. Griffin, University of Maryland
Facilitated by: Stacey Garrett (Leadership and Educational Studies)
Date: Monday, Nov. 20
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: RCOE 124B/C

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR TEACHING & LEARNING with Ilyasah Shabazz, Educator & Daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, Chance Lewis, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and Jawanza Kunjufu, African American Images
Facilitated by: Brandy Bryson (Leadership and Educational Studies)
Date: Monday, Nov. 27
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: RCOE 124B/C

HOLISTIC SUPPORT FOR BLACK MALE LEARNERS with Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, Robert T. Palmer, Howard University, and Vanessa McCullers, Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United
Facilitated by: Chris Cook (Curriculum and Instruction) and Rebecca Shankland (Reading Education and Special Education)
Date: Monday, Dec. 4
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: RCOE 124B/C

ADVANCING BLACK MALE POLICY, SUPPORT & RESEARCH with Ivory Toldson, Howard University, Robert Simmons, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and Jerlando F. L. Jackson, University of Wisconsin Madison
Facilitated by: Shanan Fitts (Curriculum and Instruction)
Date: Monday, Dec. 11
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: RCOE 124B/C

Participants are encouraged to attend one or more sessions or the entire series as schedules allow. 

Learning Objectives and Syllabus

  1. Identify how assumptions of criminality about black boys and men are manifested in school, college, and university settings.
  2. Recognize how socially constructed viewpoints of black male intelligence decenter them as learners in educational institutions.
  3. Embrace asset-based views of black boys and men rooted in the concepts of equity-mindedness and institutional responsibility.
  4. Articulate research-based policies and practices that serve to promote the learning, development, and success of black males throughout the educational pipeline.

Course Syllabus (PDF, 5 MB)

Questions? Please contact Chris Osmond ( or Nickolas Jordan ( for more information.

About the Series Creator

Dr. J. Luke WoodJ. Luke Wood is the Dean's Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University. He serves as the Director of the Joint Ph.D. program in Education between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University and Director of the Ed.D. Program in Community College Leadership.

Wood also serves as the Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for underserved students of color. CCEAL houses the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC), which hosts trainings, information sharing sessions, and provides resources to colleges with initiatives and programs supporting college men of color.

This course is offered in partnership with the Education Trust-West, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United, Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA), and Our Scholarship Matters (OSM). 130 broadcast sites throughout the nation are registered to participate.

Explore the series. Learn more about J. Luke Wood.

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Published: Oct 9, 2017 9:34am