Principal Baruti Kafele

Principal Kafele[217]

The Equity-Mindset Educator

A highly regarded urban educator in New Jersey for over 20 years, Baruti Kafele distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, New Jersey, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and New Jersey State Teacher of the Year finalist. As a middle and high school principal, Kafele led the turnaround of four New Jersey urban schools, including Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to being recognized three times in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best high schools. Kafele is the author of 12 books, including his most recent release, The Equity & Social Justice Education 50 (2021).


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Saint Mary’s College of California offers you the opportunity to earn affordable Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending Learning Forward’s Annual Conference.

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