How lunch duty became a cornerstone of my leadership

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  3.20.24

As a principal, I spent lunch periods in the cafeteria whenever possible. It was a place to deepen connections – and a fertile ground for surfacing feedback and data. I’d sit with a student and say, “Tell me about your experience at this school, in this class, with me as your principal, and put a […]

5 ways to make Black history part of your year-round leadership

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  2.16.24

As educational leaders, we play a crucial role in shaping the narrative of Black History Month within our schools. While teachers spearhead Black History Month classroom lessons during February, it’s our responsibility to integrate Black history meaningfully into our school-wide vision and foster a commitment to anti-racist education and equity. I’ve been thinking about this […]

5 Quick Videos: Retaining Educators of Color

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  10.21.21

Many of your fellow leaders have expressed the desire to recruit and retain more educators of color, and Principal Project has partnered with leader Sharif El-Mekki to share his insights on what it means to build a school environment that is inclusive and empowering for all educators. 

3 Ways Every School Leader Can Help Build a Pipeline of Educators of Color

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  6.24.21

This is part of a series on recruiting and retaining teachers of color, presented in collaboration with leader Sharif El-Mekki. The first post, on focusing on the prerequisites for recruitment, can be found here. The second post, on six steps for more inclusive hiring, can be found here.  When I first became a principal, I […]

6 Strategies for Bringing More Educators of Color to Your Team

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  6.17.21

This is part of a series on recruiting and retaining teachers of color, presented in collaboration with leader Sharif El-Mekki. The first post, on focusing on the prerequisites for recruitment, can be found here.  By now, most school leaders are familiar with the research that all students benefit when they learn from Black educators and […]

Reimagining Education: To bring more Black educators into our schools, let’s focus on the prerequisites for recruitment

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  9.18.20

Sharif El-Mekki is a former principal and the founder of the Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, PA. This is part of our series on reimagining education. I was a principal at Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker in Philadelphia for many years. We took to heart the concept of windows and mirrors, decorating our walls with […]