W-22: A School Based Approach to Promoting the Optimal Development of Black Boys
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Academic and life success of Black boys is a critical task of schools. However, many school-based interventions use deficit models of behavior and rarely attend to the unique developmental needs of Black school aged boys. School-based interventions can promote sustainable changes if they are placed in a life course framework. The workshop will build the capacity of school psychologists, administrators and teachers to: 1) define optimal development with parents and communities; 2) design interventions that promote optimal development; and 3) create metrics that account for the strengths and assets of Black boys and their families.

Dr. Leon D. Caldwell is an award-winning scholar-activist and community based researcher who has extensive experience translating research for practical application. Dr. Caldwell translates research into practice for schools, public health systems and communities, is the co-author of equitable evaluation approaches in philanthropy, and utilizes an empowerment evaluation approach to strategic learning.

Strand: A, Topic: 2, Skill Level: I-III
NASP Domains: 4, 8