TCOE Programs

Interested Student
Community Empowerment Academies


The Council of Elders (TCOE) of the Black Community has always been involved in educating the community. In 2008, TCOE formed a program named the Black Student Family and CommUNITY Network (BSFCN) to provide resources to our Black families in Howard County. 

In conjunction with the HCPSS and other community organizations, we will provide information to the community on: HCPSS Policies and Procedures, Curriculum Education, African Culture, Family and Community Education, offering sessions for students and parents, Creating a Parent Group

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The Essence of Us: Chronicling the Black American Experience is a workshop series designed to teach students about African American history and permit them to explore how history is written.

Over the course of four workshops, students will learn about aspects of 20th century African American history while engaging with primary source materials, analyzing texts, formulating critiques, and imagining history from multiple perspectives. We hope participants will walk away with a transformed view of history and a new zeal to investigate their historical curiosities. 

Two assertions inform the pedagogical basis of this workshop series: 
“…good citizens need to be able to evaluate the claims that our leaders and would-be leaders make. They must read critically, winnow fact from fraud, and seek to understand causes and results in the past. These skills must stand at the center of any competent history course.”  James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me
“The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself.” Dr. Carter G. Woodson

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