One Idea With: Former Principal and Author Baruti Kafele


In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews former school principal, best-selling ASCD author, educational consultant, and motivational speaker Baruti Kafele.

Author of Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success and Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, Mr. Kafale’s One Idea focuses on how to motivate students and close the attitude gap.  Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit for additional information on Mr. Kafele’s work.


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  1. Carolyn Du Bose said:

    I am a 7th grade Social Studies teacher who believes that the staff where I serve, Sedgefield Middle School, Charlotte, NC, could use further guidance on creating a “mood” a place that energizes our students to want to achieve. How can we get Mr. Kafele to either join us online or in person. We have identified a need for this type of professional development.

  2. Monique Chatman said:

    Wow…I’m inspired already. We have a lot of data meetings, RTI meetings, and so on and it’s the same students. It seems as if you couldn’t fire them up if you put a match under them. My goal for 2015: Work on the five areas of focus mentioned in the video #1. Create the “right” environment for learning. #2 It starts with me having the right attitude–“Yes, I believe in you”. #3 Build a relationship with all 115 students. #4 Show compassion. #5. Make the content relevant to students. I’m READY!!!