Transforming schools and improving outcomes for boys of color

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Since the early 1980s, young women have outpaced men in educational outcomes. The gender gap is even more pronounced among Black and Latinx students. Moreover, these academic gaps have widened since the pandemic. Based on a five-year study of a district-wide initiative designed to improve academic outcomes for Black and Latino males, Adriana Villavicencio lays out a three-pronged approach to supporting the socioemotional well-being and academic success of young men of color through 1) culturally relevant classrooms, 2) improved school relationships, and 3) robust academic and college preparation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalPhi Delta Kappan
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 2023


  • Black boys
  • Expanded Success Initiative
  • Latino boys
  • Young Men’s Initiative
  • college preparation
  • culturally relevant education
  • gender gap
  • school relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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