“The trouble with Black boys is that most never have a chance to be thought of as potentially smart and talented or to demonstrate talents in science, music, or literature.”
— Noguera, 2008
Building and Cultivating Strong Teacher-Scholar Relationships
Effective teaching includes getting to know scholars and assisting them in overcoming anti-academic tendencies and improve scholastic attitudes. Boy’s Lab is responsible for understanding the various learning styles of scholars and honoring their cultural influences. Forming strong teacher-scholar relationships is a useful tool to ensure that students are not subject to microaggressive tendencies, which can significantly inhibit scholar performance.
"Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." - el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
Forming Peer-to-Peer Brotherhood Bonds
Single-sex learning environments incorporate processes of socialization, allowing scholars to learn the customs and mores of their society (Sax, 2005). Single-sex classrooms offer a unique opportunity for scholars to have exposure to this specialized schooling. All male learning environments have proven to provide a platform for healthy “brotherhood” bonds to form amongst scholars, which leads to increased attendance, graduation rates, and persistence in post-secondary education.
Developing Emotional Literacy
Boy’s Lab (BL) will incorporate Social Emotional Learning curricula into the academic program, focusing on the specific needs of BL Scholars. Through the implementation of Responsive Classroom principles, forging healthy interpersonal relationships, and ensuring that the classroom is grounded in scholars’ strengths and assets, Boy’s Lab will respond to scholars’ awareness.
“Emotional literacy and self-awareness are comprised of making wise choices about how to respond to others’ words and actions, and the ability to respond appropriately to emotional states of being, in oneself and others.”
— Pleasants, 2007