Sharif El-Mekki

Sharif El-Mekki is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development. The Center exists to ensure there will be equity in the recruiting, training, hiring, and retention of quality educators that reflect the cultural backgrounds and share common socio-political interests of the students they serve. The Center is developing a nationally relevant model to measurably increase teacher diversity and support Black educators through four pillars: Professional learning, Pipeline, Policies and Pedagogy. So far, the Center has developed ongoing and direct professional learning and coaching opportunities for Black teachers and other educators serving students of color. The Center also carries forth the freedom or liberation school legacy by hosting a Freedom School that incorporates research-based curricula and exposes high school and college students to the teaching profession to help fuel a pipeline of Black educators. Prior to founding the Center, El-Mekki served as a nationally recognized principal and U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellow. El-Mekki’s school, Mastery Charter Shoemaker, was recognized by President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and was awarded the prestigious EPIC award for three consecutive years as being amongst the top three schools in the country for accelerating students’ achievement levels. The Shoemaker Campus was also recognized as one of the top ten middle school and top ten high schools in the state of Pennsylvania for accelerating the achievement levels of African-American students. Over the years, El-Mekki has served as a part of the U.S. delegation to multiple international conferences on education. He is also the founder of the Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice, an organization dedicated to recruiting, retaining, and developing Black male teachers. El-Mekki blogs on Philly's 7th Ward, is a member of the 8 Black Hands podcast, and serves on several boards and committees focused on educational and racial justice.

Posts By Sharif El-Mekki

Teaching

Parents, Do You Want Your Child to Be Happy or Literate?

If you want to understand how education research can miss the forest for the trees, look no further than a recent report from a University of Maryland/Harvard University research team that found that...

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anti-racism

Why the Time Requires Us to Teach Like Malcolm

As we celebrate and honor what would have been Malcolm X’s 97th birthday, I can’t help but think of his legacy in the context of today’s whitelash against speaking and teaching truth to the youth...

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Teaching

Stop What You're Doing and Thank a Black Teacher

Stop what you’re doing and go thank a Black teacher. You may be reading this and unable to leave your classroom or current place of business. But whether online or in-person, take time out today to...

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Teaching

Here's Why It's More Important Than Ever to Support Black Teachers

“I Fear I May Have Integrated My People Into a Burning House.” — Martin Luther King Jr. It is no secret that there is a widening diversity gap between our public school students and our public school...

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Charter Schools

We Have an Education Crisis On Our Hands and Curtailing the Charter Schools Program Is No Way to Fix It

The recent announcement by the US Department of Education to propose radical changes to the process by which charter schools must follow to open new schools is a dismal reminder of our education...

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opportunity gap

Chicago Isn’t the Only City Putting Politics Over Kids

The politics of education are broken and we are seeing the effects of it play out in real-time. In Chicago, a stalemate over remote learning options and reopening of schools amidst the Omicron...

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