One of the major problems facing the educational system in the United States is the widespread inequity in educational achievement and opportunity across ethnic and socioecomic groups. On a variety of measures, such as standardized tests, advanced placement tests, achievement tests, boys especially African American, have lower levels of achievement. One of the greatest challenges of educators today is helping young boys of color. These challenges vary because of racism, classism, poverty, divorce, parenting, low self-esteem, lack of self-identity, violence, gangs and peer pressure etc. The answer to helping boys, especially African American lies in taking a holistic approach to solving their social, emotional and academic needs. This book comprises invative character education rhymes, empowerment strategies, creative engaging counseling strategies, out of the box parental involvement strategies, character building techniques, empowerment counseling program development and parenting strategies. These strategies may be used by parents, teachers, mental health counselors, educators, principals, youth workers and, most importantly, professional school counselors.
Dr. William Flip Clay is the CEO of Rhyming to Respect, LLC. He is a dynamic, energetic, creative, and nationally acclaimed consultant, writer, and speaker who has been on the Steve Harvey Morning Show with Mr. Tony Richards. Dr. Clay has been featured twice in the education section of the Washington Post and featured on WTTG/WDCA Fox 5 News in Washington, DC. In 2013, Dr. Clay contributed to the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center journal series Transforming the Educational Experience of Young Men of Color Journal Series. In 2012, The National Association of Black School Educators awarded Dr. Clay with the National Marcus Forster Distinguished Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Clay was the first school counselor to receive this award in the 20 year history. In, 2011, Dr. Clay was recognized as the educator of the year by the Metropolitan Baltimore Association of Black School Educators. In 2010, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice of the United States; Justice Sonia Sotomayor recognized Dr. Clay as an extraordinary role model and leader. Dr. Clay is the founder and creator of M.O.A. (Men of Ardmore) a data-driven successful elementary-based male empowerment program. Dr. Clay is also a member of several professional organizations that include the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American School Counselors Association and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. A graduate of Charleston Job Corps, Dr. Clay holds an undergraduate degree from West Virginia State College and a graduate degree from Virginia State University. Dr. Clay recently completed his doctoral degree from Argosy University; the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington DC.