Baruti Kafele


Principal Baruti Kafele is highly-regarded urban educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, he was a New Jersey State Teacher of the Year finalist, and a recipient of the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence.

One of the most sought-after school leadership experts and education speakers in America, Principal Kafele is impacting America’s schools! He has delivered over two thousand conference and program keynotes, professional development workshops, parenting seminars and student assemblies over his 34 years of public speaking. 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.

Principal Kafele has written extensively on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk students, motivating Black males to excel in the classroom, and school leadership practices for inspiring schoolwide excellence. In addition to writing several professional articles for popular education journals, he has authored 10 books.

Speech Topics
    • School Leadership
    • Classroom Teaching
    • Parental Engagement
    • Male Empowerment

    • Written and published 11 books
      • 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."
        • Recipient of more than 150 educational, professional, and community awards, including the prestigious Milken National Educator Award, the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award.

    • The Aspiring Principal 50
    • Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?
    • The Teacher 50
    • The Principal 50
    • Closing the Attitude Gap
    • Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life