14Sep2017 - 6:30PM MST

Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Excellence

Presented by Principal Baruti Kafele on September 14, 2017 at SLC Public Library or Online

Principal Baruti Kafele

Education Speaker, Consultant, Author

As an urban public school educator in New Jersey for over 20 years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and the administrative office. He is the recipient of over 150 educational, professional, and community awards, including the Milken National Educator Award and the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award. He is the author of eight books, including national best sellers 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 bachelor’s degree in management science/marketing from Kean University and his master’s degree in educational administration from New Jersey City University.

You’ve heard of the “achievement gap” in education. But what do you know about the “attitude gap”?

Principal Baruti Kafele asserts that the greatest difficulty to closing the achievement gap is the assumption that the achievement gap is itself the problem. He explains, “Those gaps are real, but I can’t solve them by solely identifying them. I’ve got to find out why those gaps exist.”

Principal Kafele says that the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address another problem that persist in American classrooms—the attitude gap, or the gap between those students who have the will to achieve excellence and those who do not. This gap exists among students across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

An expert in the area of “attitude transformation,” Principal Kafele is the leading authority for providing effective classroom and school leadership strategies toward closing the attitude gap. In his WGU Sage Talk, Principal Kafele will provide attendees with strategies for eliminating underachievement in classrooms and schools, and will explain how self-reflective questions for educators play an important part in student success.

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