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Summer with Sphere Series

A Conversation with Sharif El‐​Mekki

Sphere Summit Keynote Address

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Sharif El-Mekki
Sharif El‐​Mekki

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Black Educator Development (CBED)

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Part two of this year’s Summer with Sphere is coming to you live from Sphere Summit. Join us on Monday, July 10th at 7:30 pm EDT for our keynote session with Sharif El‐​Mekki, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED). This important conversation will cover Sharif’s story as an educator of color, the importance of representation in education, and why he founded CBED).

Prior to founding the Center, Sharif was a nationally recognized principal and U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellow. His school, Mastery Charter Shoemaker, was recognized by President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and received the prestigious EPIC award for three consecutive years for being among the top three schools in the country for accelerating students’ achievement levels. In 2014, Sharif founded The Fellowship – Black Male Educators for Social Justice, an organization dedicated to recruiting, retaining and developing Black male teachers. In 2019, he began the Center full‐​time in order to accelerate his mission to rebuild the Black Teacher Pipeline. Sharif is a blogger on Phillys7thWard, a member of the 8 Black Hands podcast, and serves on several boards and committees focused on educational and racial justice.

  • This session will streamed live online.
  • All Sphere alumni and interested educators are eligible to attend.
  • Earn professional development for attending.