Sharif El-Mekki on Growing Educators of Color Through Pleasure, Duty and Honor

Key Points

  • Aspiring educators should have the requisites to spend time in their community as a part of their education.

  • Educators should be asking: how do we build cultures of cooperation and collaboration?

  • Investigate your intellectual genealogy to see where you are getting the ideas you have to question assumptions.

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Shawnee Caruthers is joined by Sharif El-Mekki, Founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development. A proud alum of Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, PA and the former principal of Mastery Charter, Shoemaker Campus, Sharif sees education as activism and teachers as civic leaders. Sharif is also the co-host of the 8 Black Hands podcast. His mantra, “We Need Black Teachers” is more than a rallying cry, but a deep desire to give voice to the over 8 million black learners that need to see themselves in their classrooms and community.


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