Sharif El-Mekki

Sharif El-Mekki

CEO

The Center for Black Educator Development

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’s core work is (re) building a National Black Teacher  Pipeline.  The Center was created to  (re)build a national Black Teacher Pipeline. In this process, 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 and served as a volunteer member of the  Biden-Harris Education Policy Committee.