"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 a leading authority on increasing the achievement of today's students, especially those in some of the most challenging schools and communities. His book Education for Transformation is a favorite among teachers and leaders and has been endorsed by a number of prominent national educators. As a recognized master teacher, Dr. Akua has been an invited keynote presenter and trainer at regional and national conferences, school systems, colleges and universities. With a culturally relevant approach toward closing the achievement gap, he is known for his dynamic, interactive presentations to teachers, parents, and students.
Dr. Akua has 14 years of teaching experience in Virginia and Georgia public school systems. In 1995, he was selected Teacher of the Year for Newport News Public Schools (VA) and was also selected as one of Ebony magazine’s “50 Leaders of Tomorrow.” A year later, in 1996, the Dekalb County Board of Education (Atlanta, Georgia) recognized him with the Excellence in Education Award for Service to Youth. Additionally, he has been an invited lecturer for undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education at Georgia State University, Southern University, Howard University and Clark Atlanta University.
Deeply committed to culturally relevant pedagogy and the development of culturally relevant instructional materials, Dr. Akua has written and published several books and parent/teacher guides designed for today’s students. His book, A Treasure Within: Stories of Remembrance and Rediscovery was nominated for the NAACP Image Award. Reading Revolution is his most recent publication (co-authored with Tavares Stephens). The books have been adopted by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Regional Youth Detention Center and public schools around the country.
Dr. Akua is a committed volunteer with several youth mentoring and leadership academies and college preparatory camps for middle school and high school students. He has helped lead over 1000 students and parents on trips throughout Egypt, Ghana, Morocco and Senegal through the African Genesis Institute's Teen Summit 1000 program. Dr. Akua is frequently called upon by education, civic, and social organizations to speak about educational excellence and cultural knowledge.
"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 one of the most sought after keynote speakers at educational conferences, colleges and universities and urban schools!