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Principal Kafele

Principal Baruti Kafele, a highly regarded urban educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years, has distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, in addition to being named the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Principal Kafele was a finalist for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence.


As a middle and high school principal, Principal Kafele led the turnaround of four New Jersey urban schools, including "The Mighty" Newark Tech—which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, and which was recognized three times by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's best high schools.


Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after school leadership and classroom equity presenters in America. He has delivered over 2500 conference and program keynotes, professional development workshops, parenting seminars and student assemblies over his 35 years of public speaking. In addition to writing several professional articles for popular education journals, he has authored thirteen books, including seven ASCD best sellers. His newest book, The Assistant Principal Identity was recently released in May, 2023.


Principal Kafele is the creator and host of the popular Virtual Assistant Principal Leadership Academy, streamed live every Saturday morning. He is the recipient of over 150 educational, professional and community awards which include the prestigious Milken Educator Award, the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award, the East Orange, NJ Hall of Fame, recognition as one of the World’s Top 30 Education Professionals for 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 by Global Gurus Top 30 and the City of Dickinson, Texas proclaiming February 8, 1998 as Baruti Kafele Day.

Social Media

  • Twitter: @PrincipalKafele

  • Facebook: Principal Kafele

  • Facebook: Virtual AP Leadership Academy



  • The Assistant Principal Identity (Coming in May, 2023)

  • The Assistant Principal Impact (Coming in May, 2024)

  • The Assistant Principal Legacy (Coming in May, 2025)

  • The Assistant Principal 50

  • The Aspiring Principal 50

  • The Principal 50

  • Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?

  • The Equity & Social Justice Education 50

  • The Teacher 50

  • Closing the Attitude Gap

  • Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life


YouTube Channels

  • Virtual AP Leadership Academy

  • School Talk with Principal Kafele

  • Message to Your Son / Youth

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