“Building a Coalition of the Willing” — The NCEBC organizes its program initiatives and community outreach efforts based on the NCEBC National Blueprint for Action. Evolving since 1986, the NCEBC’s Blueprint has been incorporated into multiple school districts’ plans as a working strategy guide to increase and refine programs (and attitudes) toward staff development, community/parent involvement, and literary excellence. Parents, Families, Teachers, and Administrators are given strategic priority among stakeholder groups.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in white students n their community and wider society.”
Considering the above definition, the NCEBC has a national campaign to address literacy issues and opportunities for African American children. African American students are three times more likely than white students to be placed in special education programs and are half as likely to be placed in gifted programs in elementary and secondary schools.
There are 15 NCEBC Augustus F. Hawkins Literacy Centers in various cities across the United States, to enhance the instructional support, provided by public and charter schools to those students who are at extremely high risk for academic failure. There are eight centers in the state of Indiana. These centers are located in zip codes characterized by high crime, violence, low-socioeconomics and households headed by single females.
– Parental involvement refers to the amount of participation a parent has when it comes to schooling and her child’s life.
– Parental involvement is the participation of parents in regular, two-way meaningful communication involving student learning and school activities.
– Parent involvement is the support and participation of parents at home, in the community, and at the school site that directly and positively affect the educational performance of all children.
From the above definitions, it is clear that parent involvement is critical to the success of a school and is an important measure of the success of a school. Many public schools and charters in the Indianapolis area are still working on establishing or reactivating their parent groups.
NCEBC focuses efforts on “Parent Empowerment” — Parents and families have rights and responsibilities, and should be encouraged to take responsibility for the education of their children. Implementing NCEBC’s Parent University Curriculum(PUC) gives parents tools for improving their children’s educational achievement; and prepares them to take an activist approach to ensuring quality public education for their children and in their communities; strengthens the connection between African American parents and their unique history and culture; provides important information about healthy adult, childhood, and adolescent development.
Effective teaching must be a nonnegotiable standard. To provide the opportunity to attain the skills needed to achieve excellence in education, we provide Touching The Spirit as an educational model that helps teachers use the intrinsic African cultural idea of the “spirit” to design educational content and processes that foster excellence in African American students.
Successful teachers learn about their students’ history, culture, language, background knowledge, and experiences. They use this information to develop learning activities that empower and engage their students’ interest and involvement. The Touching the Spirit framework helps guide teachers in these processes.
Education policy refers to the collection of laws and rules that govern the operation of education systems. In Indiana there is a state board of education, the Indiana department of education and local school boards that determine educational policies for the hundreds of thousands of Indiana students. The historical direction of many policies have not been favorable for children from lower socio-economic communities, living in households headed by single female. NCEBC believes that all stakeholders must examine the politics, practices, and policies in their communities that accelerate or impede the academic performances of children of color.
Mentorship refers to a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. NCEBC’s national focus is upon African American males and the development of those youngsters toward the highest value in the male experience, manhood. There are many mentoring programs located in the Indianapolis area. We are supposing that we support those already in existence and expand to include as many youngsters as possible to level the playing fields and help them to rise to accept the responsibilities of manhood. Manhood is both a unique personal experience and shared experience. It is through the sharing of their experiences that males forge the ties and bonds of brotherhood.