Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life

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ASCD, 2009 - Education - 111 pages
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One of the most vexing problems confronting educators today is the chronic achievement gap between black male students and their peers. In this inspiring and thought-provoking book, veteran educator Baruti K. Kafele offers a blueprint for lifting black males up and ensuring their success in the classroom and beyond.

Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life offers proven strategies for getting black male students in middle school and high school to value learning, improve their grades, and maintain high standards for themselves. The author shows how simple but powerful measures to instill self-worth in young black males can not only raise these students' achievement, but also profoundly alter their lives for the better. This book will help you to help students


* Reverse the destructive effects of negative influences, whether among peers or in the popular culture;

* Surmount adverse conditions at home or in their communities;

* Participate in mentorship programs with successful black male adults; and

* Take pride in their heritage by learning about great figures and achievements in black history.

Whether your school is urban or rural, all-black or mixed, you'll find this book to be an insightful resource that addresses the root causes of low achievement among young black males and offers a clear path to overcoming them.

 

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It is refreshing to read an educational book about African American teen boys by someone who has been there, done that. As principal of Newark Tech High School in Newark NJ, Kafele devotes his like to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1Learning About Black Male Students to Meet Their Classroom Needs
7
Chapter 2Learning About Yourself to MeetYour Black Male Students Needs
25
Chapter 3Three Crises
39
Chapter 4Who Am I?
49
Chapter 5Developing a Young Mens Empowerment Program
71
Conclusion
90
Appendix A50 Is for Being a Serious Student
92
Appendix B50 Is for New and Aspiring Principals
97
Appendix C50 Is for Effective Teaching
103
Bibliography
107
About the Author
111
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About the author (2009)

Baruti K. Kafele is an award-winning author, educational consultant, and motivational speaker with over 20 years experience as a teacher and principal.

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