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Tonight: A talk on 'the significance of a positive attitude'



A well-known New Jersey educator will speak to parents of students of all ages at an event hosted by the Pinellas County school district on this evening.

Baruti Kafele, a social studies teacher and principal-turned consultant, will discuss how positive conversations with children can lead to achievement. A Q-and-A session will follow.

"I just want to talk to parents about things that they need to be thinking about in terms of increasing the probability that their children will be successful with their lives," Kafele said. "It’s the reinforcement in terms of what they’re receiving in school and what role the parent will play to ensure that what is learned in school is carried on at home."

School Board member Rene Flowers said a few social studies teachers in the district met Kafele at a convention. The district has since purchased three of Kafele's books on educating black male students.

"Sometimes when you have a person that comes from the outside with a different perspective on what it is you’ve been doing the same, you pick up something new, something different to help the students and the parents," said Flowers, who coordinated the event.

But Kafele is no stranger to Pinellas County schools. He is here on his fourth visit, previously visiting schools in south St. Petersburg and teaching behavior management to teachers and administrators.

Kafele spent Thursday speaking to students at Gibbs High School and third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Campbell Park Elementary.

"My message is the significance of a positive attitude," he said.

Cindy Flora met Kafele five years ago at a national message where she heard him speak about how to find one's vision and signature.

"His message directly had to do with our students in giving them voice and empowering students," said Flora, coordinator for the Pinellas Multicultural Advisory Committee and the district's character education program.

She said the district paid Kafele $6,000 in total for his visit. Friday's event is at 6:30 p.m. at John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th Street S in St. Petersburg.

[Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2015 12:39pm]


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