Baruti K. Kafele, aff ectionately known as “Principal Kafele,” excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times as one of the best high schools in the United States.
Principal Kafele is currently a highly sought-after education speaker and consultant. He travels extensively throughout the United States and abroad, spreading his empowering message of attitude transformation. A versatile and passionate speaker, he regularly conducts conference keynote addresses; professional development workshops for educators; parental engagement seminars; and hard-hitting, no-nonsense student empowerment assemblies.
Principal Kafele earned his bachelor’s degree in management science/marketing from Kean University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and his master’s degree in educational administration from New Jersey City University. He is theauthor of five books—including his national best-seller, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life (ASCD, 2009)—and has received more that 100 educational, professional, and community awards, including the Kean University Distinguished Alumni Award (2013), the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence (2011), and the Milken National Educator Award (2009). In 1998, a proclamation from the City of Dickinson, Texas, declared February 8, 1998, to be Baruti K. Kafele Day
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