Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Baruti Kafele

Baruti Kafele is an internationally renowned speaker and school leadership expert who brings a message of school and classroom excellence. Author of Is My School a Better School Because I Lead it? and The Principal 50, Kafele has been a highly regarded and award winning educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As a middle and high school principal, he led the turnaround of four schools including “The Mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school to recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s best high schools.

General Session

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Just One Educator Can Completely Alter the Trajectory of a Child
In this keynote address, Baruti Kafele will state emphatically to middle level educators that you possess the power to completely alter the trajectory of a child. He will encourage you to reflect on your initial “why” for entering the world of education and remind you of the significance of holding your “why” close each and every day while ultimately taking children to heights previously unimagined.

Featured Sessions

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Does Instruction Thrive Under My Leadership? A Discussion on Effective Instructional Leadership
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
The principal is the instructional leader of the school. Consequently, there is a direct correlation between how effectively the principal leads the school instructionally and student achievement. In this highly engaging, self-reflective session, Principal Kafele will provide school leaders with strategies toward maintaining a focus on the instructional side of their leadership toward increasing the probability that achievement will soar.

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Climate & Culture are a Reflection of My Leadership!
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
In this highly engaging, self-reflective session, Principal Kafele will make the case that despite home and neighborhood challenges that might accompany students into a school, school leaders can nevertheless command a powerful influence over the climate and culture of their schools. He contends that despite the challenges of the work, the climate and culture of the school are a direct reflection of the school’s leadership.