NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Best Practices for Teaching African American Boys

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites, {Presenter: Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu}

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Partner Course Fee: $295

Partner 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.

**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. 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. 

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