The Empowered Principal
Join us as we explore empowered principals in action. In this engaging, half-day event, you'll learn how to lead more effectively, better manage your time, and inspire your team.
Gain actionable strategies to motivate your team and collaborate with educators to better serve students.
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Baruti K. Kafele has distinguished himself as a master teacher, successful four-time principal, and transformational school leader. Principal Kafele is also a nationally renowned educational consultant and motivational speaker. 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 different New Jersey urban schools, including Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, and which was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's best high schools.
He is the author of 11 books, including The Aspiring Principal 50, and his five ASCD best sellers—Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?, The Teacher 50, The Principal 50, Closing the Attitude Gap, and Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life. He is 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.
Salome Thomas-EL, also known as Principal EL, has been a teacher and principal in Philadelphia, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., since 1987. He is currently the head of school at Thomas Edison Public Charter School in Wilmington. He received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as eight-time National Chess Champions.
Principal EL was a regular contributor on "The Dr. Oz Show" and is the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay and The Immortality of Influence (Foreword by Will Smith). Principal EL speaks to groups across the country and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR Radio. He received the Marcus A. Foster Award as the outstanding School District Administrator in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania's distinguished Martin Luther King Award. Reader's Digest Magazine recognized Principal EL as an "Inspiring American Icon," and he has appeared on GMA and Oprah Radio! With Joseph Jones and T.J. Vari, he coauthored Passionate Leadership: Creating a Culture of Success in Every School; Building a Winning Team: The Power of a Magnetic Reputation and the Need to Recruit Top Talent in Every School; and Retention for a Change: Motivate, Inspire, and Energize Your School Culture.
Joseph Jones is the superintendent of the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District in Delaware. Jones is a former high school social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal. As principal, he was named the Delaware Secondary Principal of the Year and, during his tenure, Delcastle Technical High School was the first high school to receive the state's Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Currently, he works closely with local and state leaders on student achievement and accountability and has spearheaded an aggressive and successful campaign to ensure student success. Joseph is also an adjunct professor, teaching and designing curriculum, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels for various universities. He presents nationally on topics of school leadership and is the cofounder of the leadership development institute, TheSchoolHouse302. Along with T.J. Vari, he co-authored Candid and Compassionate Feedback: Transforming Everyday Practice in Schools.
T.J. Vari is the assistant superintendent of Secondary Schools and District Operations in the Appoquinimink School District in Delaware. He is a former English teacher and department chair, middle school assistant principal, and principal. He holds several honors and distinctions, including his past appointment as president of the Delaware Association for School Administrators, his work with the Delaware Association for School Principals, and accepting the Paul Carlson Administrator of the Year Award. His efforts span beyond the K–12 arena into higher education, where he holds adjunct appointments and teaches courses at the masters and doctoral levels. He is a national presenter on topics of school leadership and the cofounder of TheSchoolHouse302, a leadership development institute.
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