• Full FrameEducation Week's Photo Blog

    Raising Kings: Inside a School Designed to Meet the Needs of Young Men of Color

    by Charles Borst posted October 20, 2017

    From the early stages of recruiting students and training teachers, to the final bell of the school year, Education Week‘s Kavitha Cardoza and NPR’s Cory Turner followed teachers, students, and parents as they documented the first year of Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in the District of Columbia. The school is designed specifically to meet the needs of its young male students students of color – who are called “kings.” And for many of the young men, their needs are profound.

    In Episode I of the three-part audio series, the school principal, director of culture, and school psychologist explain their vision and goals for the students. Their comments are excerpted in an audio slideshow below, with portraits by Jared Soares.

    Principal Benjamin Williams talks about changing students’ mindset from using school as a social opportunity, to instead using it as an academic opportunity.

    Dawaine Cosey, the director of culture, empowerment, and restorative justice, talks about the ways he uses love to interact with students.

    School Psychologist Charles Curtis talks about restorative justice, and society’s expectations for the students at Ron Brown.

    Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
    Commenting temporarily disabled due to scheduled maintenance. Check back soon.
    Ground Rules for Posting
    We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
    All comments are public.