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Office of Black Male Student Achievement

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We have established the Office of Black Male Student Achievement, a new department dedicated to accelerating academic strategies and narrowing the achievement gap. The new office will lead our efforts to:

  • tackle issues and barriers that contribute to the achievement gap
  • create opportunities for culturally responsive practices
  • deploy gap-closing strategies

Reversing the achievement gap will not happen overnight, nor can we do it alone. We are acting with urgency to address the achievement gap head-on in our schools. We also want to intentionally collaborate with partners who can help us advance student achievement, both inside and outside the classroom.


Why establish an office just for black boys?

  • The degree to which racial disparities continue to persist in MPS is unacceptable. Native-born African American males consistently perform at or near the bottom on nearly all performance indicators in MPS. We must focus on supporting black male students in more aggressive and effective ways.
  • We must commit to having equity in this district and lead more intentionally around getting results for these specific groups. Accelerating the growth of students who are two and three years behind will require more targeted resources and support.
  • While many “special groups” are already institutionally represented in MPS through departments and programs (Special Education, American Indian, NABAD and ELL programs, etc.), there is no specific structure to support the achievement of the lowest-performing group of students.

"Believe and Achieve" Celebration Thursday April 28, 2016

  •  The Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA) is dedicated to accelerating academic strategies and narrowing the achievement gap.  With intentional collaboration and innovative approaches, we can construct gap-closing strategies.  Acknowledging that the racial disparities propagating the opportunity gap cannot be reversed in any immediate fashion, the Office of Black Male Student Achievement is dedicated to fostering culturally responsive opportunities. 

    Please join OBMSA on April 28, 2016 for our annual “Believe and Achieve" Celebration from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at St. Mary’s Event Center located at 2540 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

    This special event honors the efforts and contributions of students, educators, parents and community members.  The program will feature student performances, an award ceremony and a year-end presentation from Director Michael Walker.

    RSVP

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/office-of-black-male-student-achievement-believe-and-achieve-celebration-tickets-24437405939

     If you have any questions, please contact Andria at 612-290-9553.

     The Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA) is dedicated to accelerating academic strategies and narrowing the achievement gap.  With intentional collaboration and innovative approaches, we can construct gap-closing strategies.  Acknowledging that the racial disparities propagating the opportunity gap cannot be reversed in any immediate fashion, the Office of Black Male Student Achievement is dedicated to fostering culturally responsive opportunities.

    Please join OBMSA on April 28, 2016 for our annual “Believe and Celebration” from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at St. Mary’s Event Center located at 2540 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

    This special event honors the efforts and contributions of students, educators, parents and community members.  The program will feature student performances, an award ceremony and a year-end presentation from Direction Michael Walker.

    RSVP
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/office-of-black-male-student-achievement-believe-and-achieve-celebration-tickets-24437405939

    If you have any questions, please contact Andria at 612-290-9553.