Former Urban High School Principal Baruti K. Kafele’s New ASCD Book Shows How To Close The Attitude Gap to Improve Student Learning

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ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, is pleased to announce the release of Closing the Attitude Gapby award-winning educator and best-selling education author Baruti K. Kafele.

“Attitude is everything,” explains Kafele, and closing the attitude gap that affects underperforming students is a precursor to closing the achievement gap. In this book, Kafele draws from more than two decades of experience working in inner-city schools to help K-12 educators focus on five areas that will help them achieve remarkable results for their students.     Readers will focus on their attitude toward students, their

relationship with students, their compassion for students, the learning environment, and cultural relevance in instruction.

A motivational guide for all educators of underperforming students, Closing the Attitude Gap explains how to get results by first helping students develop a foundational “attitude of excellence.” Closing the Attitude Gapis abundant with practical strategies and illustrative anecdotes that offer a wealth of lessons and valuable insights that educators at all levels can use to fire up their students’ passion to learn.

Kafele is known nationally for his successful school turnaround efforts and his deep understanding of what it takes to motivate low-performing students of color. Kafele has published this new book as a follow-up to the 2009 ASCD best seller Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life.

“With this inspiring publication, Principal Kafele broadens his focus and continues his work to help educators everywhere reach all students and change their learning trajectories,” said ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter.

About the Author    Baruti Kafele, affectionately known as “Principal Kafele,” excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times as one of the best high schools in the United States.   For more information about ASCD, visit To learn more about our books program or to read sample chapters from this and other publications, visit

About ASCD   ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 140,000 members – superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 134 countries – the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit’s diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit

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