Using a Culturally Responsive MTSS Approach to Prepare Black Males for Postsecondary Opportunities

Erik M. Hines, Renae D. Mayes, Paul C. Harris, Desireé Vega

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Postsecondary attainment is often viewed as an accomplishment yielding financial, social, and economic gains. Moreover, education has been a passport to a better quality of life. However, certain populations are often hindered from achieving these aforementioned goals. In particular, Black males are viewed from a deficit perspective, especially when it comes to excelling and achieving in the sphere of education. The authors discuss the collaborative role of school psychologists and school counselors as change agents in the college and career readiness of Black males. Specifically, the authors present an innovative approach to using a culturally responsive multitiered system of support that infuses Critical Race Theory to address the negative postsecondary outcomes Black males encounter. School psychologists and school counselors are appropriately trained to implement this model; therefore, recommendations for policy, practice, and research are provided in this article. Impact Statement Given the recent events of anti-Black racism against Black boys and men, currently Daunte Wright and George Floyd in addition to Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Tamir Rice, it is obvious that a culturally responsive approach is needed to engage and work with Black males. In the U.S. education system, Black boys and men have the poorest educational outcomes, especially with high school graduation, college-going, and college graduation rates. Therefore, school psychologists and school counselors must serve as the bridge to preparing Black males for postsecondary opportunities and they possess the skills and training to potentially change the narrative and statistics regarding Black boys as well as men in education and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSchool Psychology Review
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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