Black Minds Matter: A focus on Black Boys and Men in Education

On Monday, October 23rd J. Luke Wood of San Diego State University held his first, in a series of eight, Black Minds Matter course. For those of you who are interested and were unable to attend, the recording of the course can be found here.

If you haven't registered for the course and would like so, you can do so here. The course is free to all and is being disseminated through a number of broadcast sites throughout the country. 


Hello Black Minds Matter students,   Thank you for your participation in this important course. Currently we have students who are participating as individuals and those who are participating in viewing groups (for live or replay broadcast). This Friday is the last day to register to become a broadcasting site, so if you know of anyone who would like to host a site, please have them register using the link below before the day's end on Friday.    


The links to the week 1 lecture are included in this communique. If you have questions or comments, please post them using the hashtag #blackmindsmatter. My twitter handle is @DrLukeWood.    I have included the publicly streamed lecture below featuring our guests Ryan J. Smith (Executive Director, Education Trust-West), S. Lee Merritt (prominent Civil Rights Attorney), and Patrisse Cullors (Co-Founded, Black Lives Matter). There is also a brief overview of the course.   I have also included the private lecture that took place after the public stream ended. This lecture focuses on policing and schooling for Black boys and men. In this lecture, we draw comparisons between issues facing Black Lives and demonstrate how those issues manifest for Black Minds.   #BlackMindsMatter,   Dr. Luke Wood
Friends,    There is an article quoting Dr. Wood's ideas about the growth mindset.   The article is very worth the few minutes to read: He states, "in a follow-up interview after the course, Wood extended his critique further. He stated, “I appreciate the concept, I really do, but I also believe this myopic perspective perpetuates a cancerous idea that tells students you can succeed as long as you work hard while depriving them from messages that affirm their abilities or recognize the external challenges such as racism and oppression that often inhibit their ability to do so. This point is relevant to all underserved students, but particularly to our Black boys and men who experience school as an intellectual and emotional prison.”   Check out his article and follow Dr. Wood and if you're on twitter, check out Dr. Woods feed @DrLukeWood.    Sincerely, 
Kathy Tracey 
@Kathy_Tracey Moderator, Evidence Based Professional Development and Science / Science Lessons / and Health Literacy Community of Practices.