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Strategies to Engage Black Males

Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 3:30pm


The Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA) is an office designed to support black males in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) to affectively change the trajectory of their academic outcomes. MPS uses a real-time on-track system to determine students who are on or off track towards graduation based on core course grades, attendance, and behavior. OBMSA uses the data in the on-track system to facilitate conversations between classroom coaches and the kings using a holistic goal-setting process.

Presented by the Minneapolis Public SchoolsTools Track

Michael Walker

Walker worked as a career and college center coordinator for AchieveMpls at Roosevelt High School from 2006 to 2009 before serving Minneapolis Public Schools as Roosevelt’s dean of students from 2009 to 2011 and assistant principal from 2011 to 2014. He is the inaugural director for the Office of Black Male Student Achievement, where his sole responsibility is changing outcomes for Black Males who attend MPS. Walker is a product of Minneapolis Public Schools.

Corey Yeager

Corey is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in family social science/couple and family therapy. Corey’s therapeutic work is primarily focused on serving African American adolescents and their families. In the therapeutic capacity, Yeager has worked on the following projects: various juvenile justice systems; climate and cultural needs-assessments; community, residents and police relationship work; therapeutic engagement and relational climate assessment.

Jennie Zumbusch

From 2008-2013, Jennie worked American Institutes for Research conducting large scale program evaluations and research projects at the district, state, and national level. From 2013-2015, she served as the Director of Measurement and Accountability for AchieveMpls. Since 2015, she has worked for the Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Accountability (REAA) office at MPS. She serves as the lead evaluator, is in charge of the district’s accountability work, and leads the data and evaluation work for OBMSA.

Andria Daniel

Over the years, Andria has worked with parents to create and facilitate listening sessions to address issues that affect the academic success of children. She has a master’s degree in family education from the University of Minnesota. As the family and community coordinator for the Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA), Andria works with parents to understand how important it is to be involved in their children’s education from cradle to career.


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