Baruti Kafele

Baruti K. Kafele ( is an education consultant, author, and retired principal.

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Black history is American history — and it matters

By | October 1, 2022

“Expose me to my history because I need to know who I am historically.” This is the sentiment of Black children all across the U.S. Some students are able to articulate it, but many others simply realize that there is something missing in their classrooms. They know that learning lacks relevance and relatability to their […]

The urgent need to recruit and retain Black male teachers

By | August 1, 2022

I knew even before I landed my first teaching position that my presence as a Black male educator was going to matter. My main purpose for entering the education ranks was to inform, inspire, and empower the Black male learner. I have always cared deeply for all my students, but my “why” — the purpose […]

Coaching plays an essential role in school leadership

By | April 1, 2022

As a former athlete, I understand firsthand the importance of good coaching. Coaches are leaders. Their leadership improves individual players and the team as a unit. Imagine if an athletic team didn’t have a head coach. The team would lack direction, guidance, structure, systems, and a central source of motivation and inspiration. A school principal […]

Leaders can build community, even in a divided school

By | February 1, 2022

When I was a principal, I regularly referred to my school community as a family. When I delivered my morning message, I would say, “Good morning to my Newark Tech family.” I used the words “family” and “community” intentionally because I wanted my students to see the school as more than the facility where they […]

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