New Book to Help Black Male Students Achieve

Posted: September 16, 2009 by bigced in Hip Hop News/Press Releases


Book Cover

Author – Baruti K. Kafele

Newark, NJ ( – As the achievement gap continues to pose one of the greatest challenges to educators at all levels, the plight of the Black male learner poses an even greater challenge as evidenced by national achievement, dropout and suspension data. Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life will provide educators with proven strategies toward motivating their Black male learners at all grade levels to take a greater interest in school, learning and preparing for academic excellence.

Newark, NJ based principal, Baruti K. Kafele draws from his 20 years of experience in teaching Black males and turning around troubled urban schools to explain:

* Why the challenges of educating Black male students are frequently different from educating other student populations.
* What all Black male students need in their classroom experiences.
* How to assess your own attitudes and abilities to educate Black males.
* Which major problems outside of school could change the way you teach Black males.
* How to address the root causes of Black male self-identity.
* Why and how to develop a young men’s empowerment program.

Noted author / educator, Dr. Douglass Reeves says in his review of the book: “In this clarion call for personal responsibility for students, teachers, and families, Kafele offers practical advice and a demanding set of standards. He balances an emphasis on self-esteem with self-discipline, knowing that the former will not be meaningful without the latter. The appendices provide practical lists for students, aspiring leaders, and teachers. His work is consistent with the outstanding work of Carol Dweck of Stanford (a review of her excellent book is forthcoming) and Jeff Howard of the Efficacy Institute. Kafele’s personal story and his extensive experience demonstrate that urban students in general and African-American males in particular benefit not from well-intentioned sympathy, but from rigor, high expectations, intensive literacy support, and pride in who they are and who they will become.”
About The Author
Award-winning educator, Baruti K. Kafele – affectionately known as “Principal Kafele,” is currently the principal of Newark Tech H.S. in Newark, NJ, which has been recognized by U.S. News and World Reports Magazine as one of America’s best high schools for the past two years. He is also the author of the best-selling books, A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom) and A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children.

About The Book
Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life Price: $16.95 / ISBN: 978-1-4166-0857-8 / 111 pgs. / paperback / ASCD (2009)


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