Baruti Kafele


Principal Baruti Kafele, M.A.
Educator, Speaker, Writer


Presentation: “Closing the Attitude Gap”

A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. In addition to being named the Teacher of the Year in the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools, Princupal Kafele led the transformation of four different New Jersey urban schools, including “The Mighty” Newark Tech, which was recognized three times by  U.S. News and World Report Magazine  as one of America’s best high schools.

Principal Kafele has delivered more than 1000 conference keynotes and professional development workshops since leaving his principalship in 2011. An expert in the area of “attitude transformation,” Principal Kafele is the leading authority for providing effective classroom and school leadership strategies toward closing what he coined, the “attitude gap” – defi ned as, “the gap between those students who have the WILL to achieve excellence and those who do not.”

A prolific writer, Principal Kafele has written extensively on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating Black males to excel in the classroom and school leadership practices for inspiring school-wide excellence. In addition to writing several professional articles on these topics for popular education journals, he is the author of eight books which include, Closing the Attitude Gap, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, The Principal 50 and The Teacher 50.

Principal Kafele earned his B.S. degree in Management Science/Marketing from Kean University and his M.A. degree in Educational Administration from New Jersey City University. He is the recipient of over one hundred fifty educational, professional and community awards which include the prestigious Milken National Educator Award and the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award. 

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