Black Male Achievement Program Lowers Student Dropout Rates

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The “Manhood Development”, was launched roughly 10 years ago by school leaders in Oakland, California. The program targets black male high school students and is taught by black male instructors and “emphasizes social-emotional learning, African and African American history and academic mentoring, drawing on culturally relevant teaching methods to counter stereotypes and create a stronger sense of community and belonging in school.”

“A new study led by Thomas S. Dee, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE), provides the first evidence that access to the program significantly reduced the number of black males who dropped out of high school. The study found smaller reductions in the number of black females who dropped out as well, suggesting a possible spillover effect.”

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