NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Best Practices for Teaching African American Boys

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $295

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

A 2010 Schott Foundation for Public Education report showed an alarming downward trend for black male students in American education: the overall graduation rate for black males in the USA was only 47% and in New York City, the district with the highest enrollment  of black students, only 28% graduate on time. In this timely and topical course,teachers will study the intersection of rigor, relevance and relationships that create a supportive learning environment  for African­ American boys in the classroom. The presenter focuses on effective instructional strategies and how to bridge culture,language, learning styles and perceptions  of self-image.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Essential statistics about African American males’ status in education and society.
  • Strategies to help preclude the disproportionate and destructive referrals of African American boys to special education.
  • Strategies to fully engage and motivate African American boys throughout their K-12 schooling.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Convert their classrooms into productive learning environments for African American boys.
  • Employ curricular and instructional strategies that increase student learning and affect student achievement.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $499.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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