Published Jan 27, 2020
A highly regarded urban educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years, Principal Baruti Kafele has distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was named East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and he was a finalist for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four New Jersey urban schools, including Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's best high schools. One of the most sought-after school leadership experts in North America, Principal Kafele is the author of 11 books and the recipient of more than 150 educational, professional, and community awards, including the prestigious Milken National Educator Award and the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award. He was inducted into the East Orange, New Jersey Hall of Fame, and the City of Dickinson, Texas, proclaimed February 8, 1998 Baruti Kafele Day.