CLASSROOM TEACHING (the following workshops can be conducted as full or half day presentations that are geared to the classroom needs of your school or district)
*NEW* Critical Questions for Inspiring Classroom Excellence (THE TEACHER 50)
Based on Principal Kafele’s forthcoming book, The Teacher 50: Critical Questions for Inspiring Classroom Excellence, this empowering, introspective workshop takes teachers on a self-reflective journey designed to challenge them to think deeply about their current practices relative to how they inspire classroom excellence. Principal Kafele’s 50 questions and penetrating insights reveal how teachers can:
• Inspire students of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to strive for academic excellence
• Develop strong relationships with students, their parents, and the greater community
• Address the challenges and promises presented by millennial learners
• Boost motivation and excitement about teaching despite entrenched obstacles and daily frustrations
Teachers will discover numerous ideas for strengthening their practice and investing in student success. This workshop is an indispensable must for teachers who want to give their absolute best in the classroom at all times and under all circumstances. Topics include: The Attitude of the Teacher, Student Motivation, Classroom Climate and Culture, Building Relationships, Classroom Instruction, Cultural Responsiveness, Teacher Accountability, Planning and Organization, Professional Development and Parental Engagement.
*NEW* “Just Level the Playing Field and Watch What I Do!” – Confronting Classroom Inequity Toward Students of Color and Underserved Students
One of the current hot topics in education is district level, school level and classroom level inequity toward students of color and underserved students. This highly engaging, interactive, self-reflective workshop focuses on inequity at the classroom level. It challenges classroom teachers to look within themselves relative to how they see, treat and relate with their students of color and underserved students. It challenges classroom teachers to confront whatever biases they may bring to this population of students that may be either blatant, dormant, unrecognized or unaddressed. Principal Kafele will engage teachers in a very sensitive yet healthy conversation on classroom inequity in the areas of: The Attitude of the Teacher, Student Motivation, Classroom Climate and Culture, Building Relationships, Classroom Instruction, Cultural Responsiveness, Teacher Accountability, Planning and Organization, Professional Development and Parental Engagement.
Closing the ATTITUDE GAP (most requested workshop)
Based on Principal Kafele’s best selling book, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Principal Kafele asserts that the various gaps in student achievement continue to rank amongst the most important discussions in education today. Equally important for educators is the continued lack of student motivation, undesirable student behaviors and apathy towards achievement across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. In this high-energy, interactive workshop, Principal Kafele argues that one of the greatest difficulties to closing the various achievement gaps is the overwhelming assumption that achievement is in fact, the problem. He says that the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address what he calls, the Attitude Gap (the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not) that continues to persist in American classrooms.
Principal Kafele contends that unmotivated, underachieving children are actually “most brilliant and most highly capable” but their attitudes toward themselves, toward learning and toward the prospects for their futures are preventing them from striving to maximize their potential. Far too many of these children have either lost hope or have never had any hope as a result of the “hands they have been dealt” in their lives. He says that when educators therefore make the transformation of their students’ attitudes toward themselves, learning and the prospects for their futures a priority, the probability for their achievement increases exponentially!
Throughout this “no excuses” workshop, Principal Kafele will provide educators with strategies within a framework for closing the attitude gap toward the ultimate elimination of underachievement in their classrooms and schools. He will simultaneously challenge educators to look honestly within themselves toward ensuring academic success through the following:
• Environment for Learning
• Attitudes toward Students
• Relationship with Students
• Compassion for Students
• Relevance in Instruction
This workshop is an absolute must for any school, district or college-level teacher preparation program that is serious about the “attitude transformation” of their at-risk students. It can be presented as a half day, full day or two full day presentations.
Motivating, Educating and Empowering the Black Male Learner (very popular workshop)
Based on Principal Kafele’s best selling book, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, Principal Kafele asserts that the plight of the Black male learner continues to pose a major challenge for educators at all levels nationally. In this high energy, interactive workshop, Principal Kafele will provide educators with an analysis as well as specific strategies that can be implemented immediately toward effectively motivating their Black male learners to strive for academic excellence.
Principal Kafele argues that the crisis of the Black male learner is much deeper and far greater than simply deficiencies in math and reading. With a national high school graduation rate of only 47% coupled with staggering suspension rates and chronic underachievement, he contends that clearly, we as educators have failed to identify the true essence of the problem. He says that as long as schools fail to capture the attention of their otherwise brilliant Black male learners, we will continue to see large numbers of them joining gangs, winding up in juvenile detention facilities and dying in the streets. In this workshop, Principal Kafele shares proven strategies he’s used over his 21 year “mission” as a public school teacher and principal which inspired thousands of his Black male learners to consistently soar academically. It places a particular emphasis on his Framework for Empowering Black Males, which is comprised of the following five strands:
• Attitude toward Black Male Learners
• Relationship with Black Male Learners
• Compassion for Black Male Learners
• Relevance in Instruction
• Young Men’s Empowerment Program
Principal Kafele is recognized as one of America’s leading authorities on professional development strategies for motivating and empowering Black males. This workshop is therefore an absolute must for any school, district or college-level teacher preparation program that is serious about motivating and empowering their Black male learners to strive for excellence. It can be presented as a half day, full day or two full day presentations.
The Intentionality of Excellence in Your Classroom
An extension of Principal Kafele’s popular workshop and book, Closing the Attitude Gap, this workshop challenges teachers to look deep within themselves for the passion and drive that are essential for sustained teacher success; particularly with at-risk student populations. In this high energy, interactive workshop, Principal Kafele says that it is one thing to “strive for excellence” which can translate into a never-ending pursuit that is never attained, but its something entirely different to be “excellent on purpose” which is a collective classroom or school-wide attitude that “we are intentionally excellent.” It’s a declaration by students and staff that “in this classroom or school, our excellence is deliberate.”
This workshop is an absolute must for any school, district or college-level teacher preparation program that is serious about developing teachers who are “intentionally excellent” within their practice of teaching. It can be presented as a half day or full day presentation.
SCHOOL LEADERSHIP (the following workshops can be conducted as full or half day presentations that are geared to the leadership needs of your district)
*NEW* “Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?”
In this empowering workshop for principals and assistant principals, Principal Kafele will challenge each participant to examine their own leadership identity, mission, purpose, and vision as the leader of their school, which will include discussions on whether or not they have in fact determined their leadership identities, missions, purposes and visions. Principal Kafele will also engage participants in a very difficult conversation about their perceived worth and value to their school communities within their various leadership roles. The entire workshop is highly engaging and interactive. It promises to inspire principals and assistant principals to think deeply and critically about their roles as leaders of their schools and whether or not their schools are better schools because they are the leaders of them. As Principal Kafele states in his opening, “My intent is to create discomfort, tension and uneasiness in the room. Inspiration lasts for a few hours. Discomfort, tension and uneasiness endure until they are corrected.”
*NEW* The INTENTIONALITY of School and District Leadership Effectiveness
In this empowering workshop, Principal Kafele takes school and district leaders on an in depth, self-reflective, highly interactive journey that will force participants to view with a critical eye who they are as the leaders of their schools, departments and districts which will include the intentionality behind all aspects of their practice. Principal Kafele will challenge school and district leaders to look deep within themselves for greater meaning and understanding of their own personal value and worth to their schools. As one principal stated at a workshop on this topic, “Principal Kafele, your questions have shaken the very foundation upon which my leadership stands!” This workshop is certain to take participants to higher levels of school leadership effectiveness.
Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence (THE PRINCIPAL 50)
Based on Principal Kafele’s best selling book, The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence, Principal Kafele makes the case that building a learning environment that inspires schoolwide excellence can never be overstated; particularly in lower-performing schools. In this high-energy, highly-engaging workshop, Principal Kafele will challenge principals, assistant principals and aspiring principals to look critically within themselves through reflective questions about their leadership practices relative to how they inspire energy, excitement and enthusiasm for learning throughout their buildings daily. In his inimitable style, Principal Kafele will lay out the touchstones for maintaining strong leadership habits, inspiring excellence and collaboration in others, and engaging an entire school community in striving to be the best. Topics include: The Attitude of the Leader, School Brand, School Climate and Culture, Building Collegial Relationships, Instructional Leadership, Accountability and Responsibility, Planning and Organization, Professional Learning for the Leadership, Professional Development for Staff, and Parental and Community Engagement.
Maximizing the Strengths of the Assistant Principal Beyond the Role of School Disciplinarian (for assistant principals)
In far too many schools across the U.S. – particularly inner-city urban schools, the assistant principals are relegated to the role of “disciplinarian” or “Dean of Students.” They spend entire school days disciplining and suspending instead of leading and inspiring as instructional leaders must do. In this high-energy and highly interactive half or full-day seminar, Principal Kafele provides assistant principals with the knowledge they need in order to function as instructional leaders as opposed to school disciplinarians. Principal Kafele contends that far too many assistant principals are ill-prepared to step into the role of principal because they simply have not been trained to function as principals and they haven’t been given the day-to-day exposure to instructional leadership. This workshop will provide assistant principals with the “tools” they need in order to approach their current positions differently. They will be better prepared to assist the principal instructionally, while they simultaneously prepare themselves for a principal leadership position in the future.
So You Aspire to Become a School Administrator? LET’S TALK! (for aspiring school administrators)
In schools across America, there are thousands of classroom teachers who aspire to one day become school leaders. They are either thinking about enrolling in a graduate school leadership program; they are already in a program or they have completed the program but have not yet landed their first administrative position. They are hungry and eager to lead. The problem is that many of them do not have seasoned and effective school leaders that they can discuss the ins and outs of school leadership to help them determine if this is what they truly want to do. From afar, they see their principals in action, but unless that principal is willing or able to engage them in the long discussions about school leadership, chances are they are only learning through observation and from the vantage point of their classrooms. This workshop was designed for those individuals. It fills the void of those heart-to-heart conversations with a seasoned principal. It provides the aspiring principal with a wealth of information to think about and to consider now toward pursuing the principalship. This workshop (or series of workshops) is particularly useful as a compliment to an existing district leadership development program.
Critical Questions for Effective Parental Engagement (THE PARENT 50)
According to research, children perform better in school when their parents are involved in their education. Although parental engagement / involvement continues to be a major challenge for many schools across the U.S., the fact is that there are many parents who are extremely well-intentioned, but simply at a loss for what to do to facilitate the educational process while their children are at home. In this empowering workshop, through an assortment of reflective questions, Principal Kafele provides parents with the “tools” they need to be effective “educators” of their children at home while simultaneously providing solid support while their children are at school. Topics include: Essentials for Success, Encouragement for Success, Empowerment for Success, Character for Success, Literacy for Success, Historical Competence for Success, Nurturing for Success, Accountability for Success, Monitoring for Success and Choices for Success.
Raising a Son in the Absence of His Father (For Single Mothers)
According to current national data, upwards of 70% of Black children are born into households where the only parent present is the mother. This has significant implications for Black males where far too many mothers continue to struggle with teaching their sons how to become men. The overwhelming majority of these single mothers are extremely well-intentioned, but simply lack solid information and strategies toward being successful. In this powerful, high-energy and interactive workshop, Principal Kafele provides single mothers with information and strategies that can be immediately implemented toward motivating, educating and empowering their sons for success.
To Be a Man
The first in a three-part series of workshops specifically designed for males of all ages and ethnicities. This workshop provides characteristics of what it is to be a good man in relationship with himself, while providing strategies for self-development.
To Be a Husband
The second in a three-part series of workshops specifically designed for males of all ages and ethnicities. This workshop provides characteristics of what it is to be a good husband in relationship with his wife, while providing strategies for developing, maintaining and strengthening male – female relationships.
To Be a Father
The third in a three-part series of workshops specifically designed for males of all ages and ethnicities. This workshop provides characteristics of what it is to be a good father in relationship with his children, while placing a particular emphasis on building strong and productive relationships between fathers and their sons.
Contact Principal Kafele today to speak at your next conference, inservice, event or program at 201-424-0201 or PrincipalKafele@gmail.com