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Fireside Chats with African-American Educators

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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah
Identity Talk Consulting, LLC., Founder

Kwame Sarfo-Mensah is the founder of Identity Talk Consulting, LLC., an independent educational consulting firm that provides professional development and consulting services to K-12 school districts, universities, and educators. He is also the author of the books, "Shaping the Teacher Identity: 8 Lessons That Will Help Define the Teacher in You" and "From Inaction to 'In Action': Creating a New Normal for Urban Educators". A proud graduate of Temple University, Kwame holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. He was honored as the 2019 National Member of the Year by Black Educators Rock, Inc. and the 2019 Massachusetts Celebrity Educator of the Year for his unwavering commitment to the advancement of the teacher profession. Kwame has been featured on WGBH News, Edutopia, Education Post, and the Educator's Room.

Jonathan C. W. Jones
Ideation4, Founder & CEO

Jonathan C. W. Jones is an award wining educator with 26 years of experience ranging from educational aid to becoming an educational leader. He received his baccalaureate in special education from Xavier University of Louisiana then went on to receive a masters in special education, with studies in Augmentative Alternative Communications. He has served as an elementary - high school special education teacher, education program director and instructional coach. He has worked with Education Minnesota and the National Education Association on virtual platforms exploring race and equity work in the field of education. He is on the grant review team for the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, reviewing district, university and organizational proposal focused on increasing educators of color for the Twin Cities.

Learn how educators, specifically African-American male educators are experiencing distance learning with their students and families, what tools they are using, and what their thoughts are on the sustainability.