"Dr. Akua's presentation to my staff was amazing! It not only lifted their morale and deepened their sense of purpose, he demonstrated fun, practical examples of how to use culturally responsive instructional strategies to increase student engagement and achievement."
Dr. Brian Bolden, Principal McNair Discovery Academy - Atlanta, GA
"Dr. Akua’s Teacher Transformation Seminar was a pivotal experience for teachers at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (TJMS). The teachers and administrators learned how to differentiate instruction to achieve academic excellence for African American students, Hispanic students and all students, using an interdisciplinary approach."
Dr. Willette Nash, Program Manager Department of Multicultural Education Winston-Salem Forsythe County Schools (NC)
"Dr. Akua gave a powerful professional development on differentiated instruction! Teachers walked away with knowledge on how to organize their lessons to meet the need of every type of learner. Principals, this professional development is a necessity for all teachers. My staff was informed and inspired today!"
Dr. Marcus Jackson, Principal Boyd Elementary School - Atlanta, GA
Dr. Chike Akua is one of the most sought after keynote speakers at educational conferences, colleges and universities and urban schools!
"It is said that 'Good teachers don't do, they be.' In keeping with this axiom, Dr. Chike Akua, himself a master teacher and recognized Teacher-of-the-Year, has laid out these ways of being. When followed, these master-teacher-ways-of-being simultaneously ignite an enthusiasm for teaching and learning even in the most challenging schools and classrooms."
Dr. Leslie T. Fenwick, Dean Howard University School of Education Washington, D.C.
"Everyone is still talking about how awesome Dr. Akua's presentation was at Fickett Elementary. Many of the teachers stated that they were energized and ready to tackle the obstacles of the second semester.
It was just the boost they needed."
Cheryl Twyman, Principal Fickett Elementary School - Atlanta, GA
"Thank you, Dr. Akua, for reawakening the spirit of the African American Humanities in me and my staff...one of my teachers said they were unable to put your book down. I am certainly not surprised by the favorable enthusiasm and excitement expressed by my teachers. Your presentation was just what we needed to provide an environment of high expectations and standards."
Dr. Tara Green, Principal Central Elementary School - Hayneville, AL
Dr. Chike Akua is An Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta University and a leading authority on increasing the achievement of today's students, especially those in some of the most challenging schools and communities. His cultural proficiency, equity and accountability work is known nationally for assisting school systems in improving school and community climate and culture.
As a recognized master teacher and leadership strategist, Dr. Akua is one of the most sought-after speakers at regional and national conferences, urban school districts, colleges and universities. With a culturally relevant approach toward closing access and opportunity gaps, he is known for his dynamic, interactive presentations to teachers, leaders, parents, and students.
Dr. Akua is a former Teacher of the Year who has been recognized in two states (VA and GA) for teaching excellence. He was also selected as one of Ebony magazine’s “50 Leaders of Tomorrow” a distinction he is living up to today.
Deeply committed to culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy and instructional materials, Dr. Akua has written and published several books and parent/teacher guides designed for today’s students. Education for Transformation: The Keys to Releasing the Genius of African American Students is a book for teachers and leaders that is used in a number of urban school districts for professional development. It is also used in a number of colleges and universities for preparation of pre-service teachers and leaders.
The book, Honoring Our Ancestral Obligations: 7 Steps to Black Student Success is also used at a number of higher schools, colleges and universities for students and those who serve them. The book ParentPower: The Keys to Your Child's Academic & Social Success has been used to equip and empower parents with tips and strategies to better assist their children.
Dr. Akua has written 11 books in all, produced a series of 10 African Origins historical videos and 70 Black History and African Proverb Posters along with impactful online curricula for students and professional development for teachers which can be found at www.TTIClassroom.com.
Dr. Akua earned his Bachelors degree in Education from Hampton University, his Masters degree in Education and School Counseling from Clark Atlanta University and his doctorate from Georgia State University. Dr. Akua is frequently called upon by education, civic, and social organizations to speak about educational excellence and cultural knowledge. He resides just outside of Atlanta with his wife of over 25 years and their two sons.