Author: Jason B. Allen

Jason has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, blogger and community advocate. He speaks and writes primarily about the need to improve education for Black boys, particularly increasing the number of Black male educators in schools. In addition to blogging here at EdLanta, Jason is also a featured writer at Education Post.

Video Games Help Engage Black Boys in STEAM

In preparation for the GA Milestone test, I used the popular video game, Fortnite, with my Black male students to engage them in argumentative writing. Video Games Helped Engage My Black Male Students! I learned that many of the Black boys spent most of their time after school hours playing video games. So I took the opportunity to engage them…

Black Men Stand Up Against Mass Incarceration

In honor of Father’s Day, I want to celebrate of the Black dads, mentors, teachers and leaders who are inspiring, rearing, teaching and leading Black boys daily. Mostly importantly, our work to dismantle mass incarceration and the school to prison pipeline. As we do this work, there has always been a need for more Black men to step up to…

Black Boys Aren’t Exempt; Depression is Real

“When They See Us” has captured the attention of people from around the world regarding the tragic experiences of Black boys in America. The Netflix series, created by Ava Duvernay, challenges us to listen to the stories of innocent, Black boys fallen victim to an unfair criminal justice system that lacks just that; justice. Black boys aren’t safe showing up…

Black Boys Are Moving Full steAm Ahead!

School is out and as summer is approaching, I’m empowering Black parents to expose their sons to as many STEAM based camps that will help continue learning while school is out. There are great summer opportunities that can expose Black boys to the arts, technology, media, engineering, design, etc, in a different way. Summer camps, like after school programs, are…

Our Silence Is Killing Black Boys

It’s hard for young, Black boys in public schools who are identified as “other” or “different” because of their sexuality. It appears that advocacy doesn’t include those boys who fall victim to the worst cases of bullying, trauma and abuse; gay Black boys. Black boys who choose to accept their sexuality aren’t supported and are often times allowed to be…

Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

School’s out, but educational advocates are hard at work to dismantle the school to prison pipeline. Gwinnett SToPP has a long history of serving the Gwinnett County communities and advocating for equity. Marlyn Tillman recently released a statement that the organization will be preparing for year two of their ending the school to prison pipeline project in partnership with the…