Bookcover and author, "Principal" Baruti Kafele
Jersey City, NJ (BlackNews.com) -- As the achievement gap continues to pose one of the greatest challenges to educators at all levels, the plight of the Black male learner poses an even greater challenge as evidenced by national achievement, dropout and suspension data. Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life provides educators with proven strategies toward motivating their Black male learners at all grade levels to take a greater interest in school, learning and preparing for academic excellence.
Jersey City, NJ based educator, “Principal” Baruti Kafele draws from his 20 years of experience in teaching Black males and turning around troubled urban schools to explain:
* Why the challenges of educating Black male students are frequently different from educating other student populations.
* What all Black male students need in their classroom experiences.
* How to assess your own attitudes and abilities to educate Black males.
* Which major problems outside of school could change the way you teach Black males.
* How to address the root causes of Black male self-identity.
* Why and how to develop a young men’s empowerment program.
Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life helps educators to understand why lack of proficiency in reading, writing, and math among Black males is a symptom of deeper problems that are generally ignored or overlooked. It provides educators with solutions that can be put into their daily practice right away to improve the performance of their Black male students.
About Principal Kafele
A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to recognition by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America's best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America. He is also the recipient of over one hundred educational, professional and community awards which include the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award, the Milken National Educator Award, and the New Jersey Education Association Award for Excellence.
Books by Principal Kafele:
Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life
Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success
A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children
A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children