This session outlines four specific, proven, and current operating strategies for engaging Black and Latino males in elementary through high school. The four strategies cultivate literary engagement; social skills development; and strong, sustainable relationships. Participants will learn the power of book clubs, developed with enabling texts such as The Eagles Who Thought They Were Chickens, and school-based, curriculum-driven middle and high school mentoring. They will also learn the positive impact that curriculum-driven college planning cohorts for high school seniors have on school climate and culture. Mr. Wynn provides a suggested reading list and a step-by-step overview of the research-responsive strategies being utilized that are inspiring self-directed and intrinsically motivated learners. He also explains why the concept of ‘Backwards Mapping’ is critical to identifying the right people and resources.
Author of 27 books, including “Empowering African-American Males to Succeed: A Guide to Increasing Black Male Achievement; consultant to schools and school districts throughout the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda. The 2014 Turner Chapel AME Church College Planning Cohort of 23 students were accepted to 125 colleges and universities and earned $3.5 million in scholarships and institutional aid. The program has produced 4 Gates Millennium Scholars, 3 Posse Foundation Scholarships, and opened the pathway to the Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities for at-risk students since 2007. Mr. Wynn's own children, 2 African-American Males, one has graduated from Amherst College and the other is currently enrolled at Morehouse College as a 2012 recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholar scholarship. A similar impact is being made at Lake City High School in Lake City, SC.