‘Equity is meeting young people right where they are’: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE

By Suzanne Bouffard and Tanji Reed Marshall
December 2021
Baruti Kafele is an acclaimed speaker, author, facilitator, and coach who works with educators around the U.S. on developing equity-centered leadership. He will be a featured columnist for The Learning Professional in 2022. We spoke with him in late 2021 to learn more about the foundations of his work and his advice for current school leaders. Your work is focused on supporting and developing school leaders through an equity lens. How did you discover this calling? When I was a teacher, I was really fired up to be the best version of myself that I could be and, early in my career, I was selected for a lot of teaching awards. When I became a principal, I still wanted to be the best version of

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Suzanne is the content editor for The Learning Professional, Learning Forward’s magazine. She oversees the magazine’s direction, themes, and contributors. She also contributes to strategy and content for other Learning Forward publications and resources.

Director of P-12 Practice at The Education Trust | + posts

Tanji Reed Marshall ( is director of p-12 practice at The Education Trust and a guest editor for this issue of The Learning Professional. 

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